Dead From Storm Damage As Flash Floods Ravage North Carolina

01 June, 2018, 18:39 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Heavy rain will reach Chicago and the Great Lakes by Wednesday afternoon

"What we are hearing is 1 to 3 inches across the county this afternoon and this evening, possibly more than 5 inches in heavy rain", said Yaussy.

Early Wednesday morning, the evacuation order was given following a landslide near the dam from the remnants of Alberto moving through the region.

Dozens of roads in western North Carolina were blocked by mudslides or flooding, including Interstate 40 which closed for several hours near Old Fort.

The National Weather Service said that while what was left of Alberto was pushing across the Great Lakes on Thursday, the potential for more rainfall and flash flooding would continue for the Southeast, the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic through the end of the week.

About 2,000 people were evacuated after emergency managers said the Lake Tahoma dam in western North Carolina was in danger of "imminent failure".

Emergency management officials said 100-200 people total were under this evacuation.

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As of early Wednesday, McDowell County Emergency Management deputy director Adrienne Jones told the Associated Press that the dam had not failed. Cooper also said it could potentially help draw down federal funds to fix North Carolina roads, saying the damage could be well in excess of a million dollars. No severe weather is expected, but heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible. "The engineer has performed a safety inspection and determined that the evacuation order is no longer needed", according to a statement on the McDowell County 911/Emergency Management Facebook page.

Alberto, while still spinning like a classic tropical storm, has managed to make its way since a Memorial Day landfall in the Florida Panhandle to just outside of Chicago. As a result of bad weather, two people were killed.

Because of the flooding, schools were closed Wednesday in McDowell County, according to Fox Carolina. No injuries have been reported, NBC News also said. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died. ABC News reports there were no other occupants in the home. "An incredibly moist pattern remains in place over the eastern US, mostly responsible to the presence of Alberto and its tropical moisture feed", the National Weather Service said.

Two people were rescued after a mudslide pushed a state Department of Transportation truck into the Catawba River in McDowell County.

The weather service on Tuesday confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Calhoun County on Monday.

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