Death toll from Hurricane Matthew rises

Death toll rises after Hurricane Matthew. (Provided Photo/CNN)

(WISH) – Authorities now say at least 26 people have died because of Hurricane Matthew.

State officials said those numbers are expected to rise as rescue efforts continue in large parts of the south.

North and South Carolina’s governors are saying the dangerous flooding from Matthew will likely continue into next week.

The said thousands of people are still stranded as the waters continue to reach the roofs of people’s homes.

“I cannot stress more, if you see a road that is flooded do not take your car through that road. If you see a barrier, do not go around that barrier. This is a life and death decision,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.

The White House released a statement Monday afternoon that said President Obama has directed all necessary federal resources to be directed to help the affected states.

CNN contributed to this report.