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Alberto's Rains Bring Dangerous Floods, Mudslides To Central And Eastern U.S.

Alberto's Rains Bring Dangerous Floods, Mudslides To Central And Eastern U.S.

The National Weather Service tweeted early Wednesday that rainfall records were broken in some areas, including almost 1.76 inches of rain that fell in 24 hours at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

Jones said about 200 residents of the evacuees were in three shelters, set up in Marion, Old Fort and Glenwood. McDowell County Emergency Management sent out a tweet saying failure of the dam was "imminent".

Local officials said a "class 1 emergency" would be in effect until state inspectors could evaluate the dam in daylight hours.

More tropical moisture is expected on Thursday in the Carolinas and Virginia. Heavy rains saturated the soil causing the tree to fall over.

Emergency responders also carried out at least 10 other water rescues and received reports of damage to homes, the extent of which wasn't immediately clear, Eggleston said.

"The emergency at Lake Tahoma has been canceled", the county said in a statement. The main east-west route through North Carolina was closed for several hours, Gov. Cooper said.

Subtropical storm Alberto rolled ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle before quickly weakening to a depression.

Another inch of rain is forecasted, before weather systems begin returning to normal Friday.

The interstate was reopened about 4:30 a.m. near Old Fort, reported McDowell County Emergency Management. 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. Heavy rain triggered landslides at the dam, and the National Weather Service said "evacuees are being asked to flee".

"The Town has had to repeatedly open the floodgates just to balance the continually rising river levels from the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge", Lake Lure said. Showers and storms were already in the western part of the state early this morning, and will become more widespread across our area by late morning/early afternoon.

The Charlotte Fire Department deployed two rescue teams to the western part of the state to aid in the rescues.

Earlier this week, two television station employees of WYFF in Greenville, S.C., were killed when a tree fell on their vehicle as they covered Alberto in Polk County, N.C.

On Tuesday, the storm fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama but forecasters warned of potentially unsafe flash floods even as winds dropped to 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour).


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