Hurricane Matthew now a post-tropical cyclone

Rebecca Rakowitz

Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone early on Sunday morning.

CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said the change in name does not mean that Matthew is any less dangerous, as it only means there was a change in its “core structure.”

“It’s still packing the same hurricane-force winds and potential for flooding and is still as deadly as a hurricane,” Chinchar told CNN.

While Matthew has not had the extreme damage that was initially anticipated, it has still left a path of destruction in the southeastern United States.

Though reports vary, authorities said more than a dozen people have been killed by Matthew in the United States.

There has also been record-breaking flooding in North Carolina, which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said was “far from over.” USA Today reports that 887 people have been rescued from North Carolina flood waters so far.

Matthew has also cut power lines, affecting more than two million utility customers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Homes and businesses have suffered damage as well.

As Matthew has turned toward the Atlantic Ocean, it is now expected to move off the coast of North Carolina by 
Sunday afternoon.