Thousands evacuated as Alberto brings flooding, mudslides

01 June, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Albertos subtropical characteristics are tapering off as the storm moves inland

Asheville, North Carolina, which usually picks up 3.66 inches of rain during May, has received 13.26 inches as of Tuesday, May 29.

"The thing that I have found when we have natural disasters in North Carolina is that most normal busineses pull together and actually help the community", Cooper said.

Cooper was scheduled afterward to take a driving tour of USA 176 in Polk County, the Lake Lure area and Chimney Rock State Park before heading north to tour damage in Old Fort and the mudslide area along Interstate 40 West.

Gov. Roy Cooper earlier on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the western part of North Carolina after heavy rainfalls triggered mudslides.

"Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate", Governor Cooper said.

Just before dawn Wednesday, McDowell County Emergency Management deputy director Adrienne Jones told The Associated Press that the dam had not failed, but an engineer who had inspected the scene was concerned enough to order the evacuation until the dam could be examined in daylight. But given previously soaked ground, the propensity for runoff, and the greater likelihood of heavier downpours developing longer and perhaps lighter rain of longer duration, areas along and east of the Blue Ridge are the focus for the highest risk of potential flash flooding again today.

Further north in Virginia's Madison County, the sheriff's office said rescuers were searching for a female reported missing the night before.

NC Emergency Management said McDowell County has experienced the most significant flooding since 2004 during Hurricane Frances.

On Monday, subtropical storm "Alberto" hit the coast of Florida.

Two more people were killed when landslides caused a gas leak that caused catastrophic damage to a home.

The National Weather Service said a flood warning in McDowell remains in effect through 4:30 p.m. Injuries from the water rescues are the only ones reported at this time.

"Mike and Aaron were stellar journalists, dedicated to covering news in this market", John Humphries, WYFF president and general manager, said in a statement. There were no other occupants in the home.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high in the upper 60s, and there is a 50-50 chance of rain Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The pair climbed through a passenger window and stood on the side of the truck in the water until they were rescued, officials reported.



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