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SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Residents throughout the Cape Fear Region felt the effects of Hurricane Matthew as the storm moved through the area Saturday bringing property damage, flooding, wide-spread power outages and road and bridge closures to many coastal communities.
Waters rose along the Cape Fear Riverfront in downtown Wilmington and flooded much of Water Street. The river flooding downtown set a new record Saturday afternoon, beating out measurements taken by the riverwater gauge when Hurricane Hazel struck the region in the mid-1950s, according to the National Weather Service.
In Oak Island, the famed fishing pier partially collapsed under the waves and storm surge. Heavy rains and flooding had forced the compete closure of several area roads and bridges, while many beach towns in the Cape Fear area, like Carolina Beach, were under a curfew for the majority of Saturday.
Thousands of people throughout the Port City were without power on Saturday at various times and many left their homes to stay in shelters that opened in New Hanover, Pender and Brusnwick counties during the storm.
Several area schools, including New Hanover and Brunswick county, as well as classes at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, have been canceled for Monday.