Western NC dam deemed safe; evacuation canceled

Albertos subtropical characteristics are tapering off as the storm moves inland

Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency for McDowell County as landslides, flooding, evacuations and the imminent threat of a dam break were reported Tuesday evening as heavy rains engulfed western North Carolina.

Officials in McDowell County had ordered campers at Catawba Falls Campground to evacuate due to flash flooding. Shelters were opened at the Corpening YMCA, First Baptist Church of Old Fort and Glenwood Baptist Church.

Local officials said Wednesday morning that an engineer had performed a safety inspection and determined that the evacuation order was no longer needed, according to CBS News, and all evacuation orders were lifted, according to the Weather Channel.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Cooper urged residents of North Carolina to continue to take conditions seriously and keep a close eye on the forecast.

WSOC reported there were "several" landslides in McDowell County and that four swift water rescues were carried out overnight.

In Rutherford County, the Town of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village declared a state of emergency as the Rocky Broad River surpassed seven and a half feet, officials said on the town's Facebook page.

The interstate was reopened about 4:30 a.m. near Old Fort, reported McDowell County Emergency Management.

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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.

Alberto had already been responsible for two deaths in North Carolina.

A map released by National Weather Service indicates all of central Pennsylvania could see up to an inch of total rainfall.

"Ivy Creek's normally a very docile creek, but with 8 to 10 inches of rain.it turned into a swollen, raging river", he said, "and it just tossed and turned both of those vehicles".

The rain was caused by subtropical storm Alberto that drenched parts of the southeast. Over 6,500 power outages were reported across western counties, the governor's office said. These include Burnettes Landing, Lake James Landing (Paddy's Creek), State Park, and Mystic Landing. Most of your stronger to severe thunderstorms will likely be in the heat of the day early this afternoon.

The Charlotte Fire Department deployed two rescue teams to the western part of the state to aid in the rescues. Flash flood warnings and watches remain in effect. A tree fell on their SUV as they covered the hazardous weather, the station said.

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