WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor says the death toll in his state from Hurricane Matthew has risen from three to seven.

Gov. Pat McCrory also said the state faces "major destruction" in the aftermath of the storm, and he is asking the federal government for help.

Water rescues are underway not only along coastal areas but inland as well.

Matthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday, but McCrory said that "the storm is not over for North Carolina."

The total U.S. death toll from the storm stands at 14. Four deaths were reported in Florida and three occurred in Georgia.

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