Hurricane downgraded to post-tropical cyclone


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. National Hurricane Center says hurricane-force wind gusts are battering North Carolina’s Outer Banks, even though Matthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday.

The center said in its 8 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had maximum sustained winds of near 75 mph (120 kpm).

A hurricane watch was still in effect for parts of coastal North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, for the next 6 to twelve hours. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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