Forecasters release Central NC hazard map for Hurricane Matthew

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Areas of central North Carolina still recovering from flooding last week — such as Cumberland County — could expect more than 5 inches of rain if Hurricane Matthew takes its projected path, the National Weather Service warned on Tuesday.

The Raleigh weather office issued a breakdown of what various areas of central NC could get during a hit by Matthew along the NC coast late Friday and into Saturday and Sunday.WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: New forecast shifts Hurricane Matthew east, away from NC

Areas around Fayetteville could have “severe impacts” that could lead to “significant threat to life and property,” the forecasters said.

Wind gusts of over 50 mph are possible, which could result in downed trees, damage to homes and “prolonged” power outages, officials said.

That area includes parts of Harnett, Johnston, Moore and Wilson counties and all of Cumberland, Hoke, Wayne and Sampson counties.

Meanwhile, in a large swath of area closer to Raleigh, forecasters said 2-5 inches of rain was possible with localized flooding and wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph.

“Numerous downed trees and power outages” would be possible, forecasters said about an area around Raleigh.

Further north and west, forecasters said that heavy rain could be expected with wind gusts up to 35 mph and some downed trees.

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