Soggy Alberto triggers mudslides, threatens dam failure

Remnants of Alberto are expected to reach the Tennessee Valley this evening

Heavy rain from the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto brought on the flooding in central Virginia, parts of the Shenandoah Valley and elsewhere around the Southeast.

Four North Carolina dams being closely watched by a state team of special engineers were holding up, Gov. Roy Cooper said at midweek.

Some areas have received up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain since Sunday on ground that was already saturated. McDowell County Schools are closed Wednesday.

Emergency responders also were conducting several water rescues through McDowell County but no injuries or fatalities were reported, the agency said. Also in North Carolina, record amounts of rain contributed to a landslide that killed two people when their home was destroyed, ABC News reported.

Remnants of the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season are pushing into Canada, but Alberto's heavy rains have drenched the Southern Appalachians, claiming lives in raging flash floods, triggering mudslides and washing away bridges. Emergency officials order the evacuations because an engineer inspecting the dam was anxious it might break before officials could get a better look in the daylight.

The dam is about five miles northwest of Marion.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Greg DeVoir said Philadelphia will see about the same amount, while Pittsburgh and areas out to the west could see a little more rain.

"Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate", Governor Cooper said via press release. The emergency has been canceled and the evacuation order was rescinded, McDowell County Emergency Management said in an update.

A number of other roads in western North Carolina are closed by flooding or mudslides. A shelter has been opened at Old Fort Baptist Church, which is on East Main Street.

Radar showed rain extended as far south as the Gulf Coast, where the storm came ashore at the Florida Panhandle on Monday, to the Great Lakes region. The men were able to climb from the overturned truck and stand on its side in the Catawba River until they were rescued, Cooper said. No severe weather is expected, but heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible.

"Mike and Aaron were stellar journalists, dedicated to covering news in this market", John Humphries, WYFF president and general manager, said in a statement.

In the town of Tryon, near the SC border, a woman was killed last Friday after being trapped in a mudslide near her home, WLOS reported.

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