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Major river flooding to inundate eastern parts of the Carolinas this week following Matthew's onslaught

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Following Matthew's excessive rainfall from this past weekend, major flooding will continue along many rivers in the eastern parts of North and South Carolina.

The flooding will continue despite a forecast of rain-free, sunny conditions.

Many communities that are under water now may remain inundated through the end of this week. Many roads being affected by flooding now will remain closed through the week.

The amount of soaking rainfall that occurred over such a large area, combined with the flat terrain and meandering nature of the rivers will contribute to the extended duration of high water.

From 6 to 18 inches of rain fell on the eastern parts of the Carolinas this past weekend. The rainfall was a combination of moisture from Hurricane Matthew and a slow-moving front. Moisture from Matthew and the front converged on the region.

In some cases, rainfall and flooding has rivaled that of Hurricane Frances from 2004 and Hurricane Floyd from 1999. During 2004, many of the same names as 2016 were being used, including Hermine and Matthew.

Stretches of the Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw, and Little Pee Dee rivers will remain at major flood stage into this weekend. The Lumber River is projected to remain above the prior record set in the wake of Hurricane Frances from September 2004.

In areas from Florida to southeastern Virginia that sustained damage from Hurricane Matthew, but where water receded quickly, the weather will cooperate for drying, cleanup and repair operations this week.

"People involved in cleanup operations will be greeted with low humidity and comfortable conditions," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

This is unlike the very hot and humid weather that followed the Louisiana flooding this past summer.

For example, around Fayetteville, North Carolina, highs this week will range from the upper 60s F to the middle 70s with lows most nights in the 50s.

"Only the east coast of Florida will receive passing showers into Wednesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Frank Strait stated.

The next chance of any rainfall in Matthew-ravaged areas of the Carolinas and Georgia is not expected to occur until late this weekend or early next week. That rainfall appears highly unlikely to add to flooding.

Matthew will not return as once feared. The same steering winds that pushed the front offshore have swept Matthew far out into the Atlantic.

The same winds will also keep Nicole hundreds of miles to the east of the Atlantic coast.