Friday, 16 November, 2018

Alberto triggers mudslides in North Carolina

Severe weather today in the Midwest is mostly concentrated in Oklahoma and Kansas ABC News Severe weather today in the Midwest is mostly concentrated in Oklahoma and Kansas
Patty Aguilar | 01 June, 2018, 05:57

Later, the US National Center for Hurricane Tracking reported that the storm had eased.

Cooper declared a state of emergency in western North Carolina as heavy storms were forecast for much of the rest of the week, bringing a possibility of more flooding and mudslides.

The announcement follows heavy rains that slammed the mountainous area Tuesday and Wednesday, causing mudslides and forcing evacuations and road closures - including a portion of Interstate 40.

The National Weather Service stated that a flash flood emergency was in place for McDowell County, including the cities of Marion and Old Fort. The weather agency is also warning that there is an increased risk of further mudslides. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Thursday morning that rescuers were searching for a missing person after getting a report of a female in the water. As of 3:20 a.m. ET, no injuries or fatalities had been reported.

The dam in western North Carolina that prompted evacuation as storm Alberto passed has been deemed safe - canceling an evacuation order. Most of the evacuees are staying in one of three shelters open in McDowell County; other shelters are open in Buncombe, Polk and Rutherford counties More than 6,500 power outages were reported across western counties, mostly in Henderson, McDowell Cleveland, Buncombe, Swain and Transylvania.

Cooper said in a statement that two state Department of Transportation workers were swept away by a mudslide in McDowell County as they cleared debris from a previous slide but managed to stand on the side of the truck after it fell into the Catawba River and were rescued.

On Monday, subtropical storm "Alberto" hit the coast of Florida. Do not attempt to drive unless you are fleeing flood waters.

The area along US 221 Business in Marion was flooded Wednesday due to the intense rain and the overflowing Catawba River. There's an area here in downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, which is kind of known to flood with heavy rain.

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Local and state officials said they are "closely monitoring" the dams at Lake Lure, Lake Tahoma, Lake Tuxedo and North Fork Lake and plan to send dam safety engineers to the areas.

"Most flood deaths occur in vehicles", officials warned.

About 200 people in the North Carolina mountains have evacuated to shelters as authorities watch a dam threatened by flooding from the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Evacuations are underway in McDowell County, North Carolina as concern grows that a dam on Lake Tahoma could soon give way.

The evacuation was ordered because engineers wanted to play it safe until they could do more inspections after sunrise, McDowell County Emergency Management deputy director Adrienne Jones told The Associated Press.

A north Georgia town was also dealing with flooding.

Authorities in Cuba say Alberto left four people dead there as the storm drenched the island in heavy rain.

Q: Are there a lot of downed trees and that sort of thing?

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