Landslide Hits North Carolina Dam, Thousands of People Evacuated

Landslide Hits North Carolina Dam, Thousands of People Evacuated

Landslide Hits North Carolina Dam, Thousands of People Evacuated

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

Roy Cooper says the state is sending safety engineers to check on several dams in the North Carolina mountains after heavy rains from the fringes of what was Subtropical Storm Alberto. "They are already at full pond and that much more rainfall entering the reservoir there could cause significant unsafe flooding". "To save your life, please heed all county evacuation notices and take action to leave the vicinity immediately!" "If you are not threatened by floodwaters, shelter in place". People living in areas prone to landslides should be aware of the danger and be prepared to act.

Schools in the county were closed due to poor road conditions. We need the public to be a partner with us and do not go around barriers.

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

If anyone needs a water rescue, they need to call 911. The cyclone was last seen moving north in MI after being downgraded from a subtropical storm, the National Hurricane Center reported.

McDowell County Emergency Services director William Kehler told NBC News the evacuations would continue until the dam was examined further.

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. Tomorrow we are also under a marginal risk for severe weather, with a few strong to severe thunderstorms possible. The main threats are heavy rain, damaging winds and some hail.

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"The emergency at Lake Tahoma has been canceled".

Evacuations have been ordered in McDowell County where landslides have comprised the integrity of the Lake Tahoma dam.

Parts of North Carolina and Virginia saw 8 additional inches overnight. All campgrounds along the Catawba River have been evacuated, and significant flooding is occurring along the river.

Five swift water rescues were performed during the heavy rain, including two DOT workers, whose tandem dump truck they were using to help clear a mud slide, was pushed off Catawba River Road and into the Catawba River. He also stood and watched the flood waters Wednesday morning.

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.

Two deaths had previously been reported in the US during the storm's passage.

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