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‘Imminent dam failure’: North Carolina orders urgent evacuations after landslide

01 June, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Albertos subtropical characteristics are tapering off as the storm moves inland

The National Weather Service stated that a flash flood emergency was in place for McDowell County, including the cities of Marion and Old Fort.

That's why the National Weather Service has reconfigured the flash flood watch on this Wednesday to focus on localities along and just east of the Blue Ridge. "The engineer has performed a safety inspection and determined that the evacuation order is no longer needed". People living in areas prone to landslides should be aware of the danger and be prepared to act. Schools were canceled on Wednesday, and many businesses were closed due to power outages and flooding.

"We understand people are getting anxious concerning the length of the evacuation order". Once again please be patient.

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

Where last week there was Subtropical Storm Alberto threatening to ruin the Memorial Day weekend with bands of heavy rain, this weekend's forecast is much more mundane. The weather agency is also warning that there is an increased risk of further mudslides.

Highway Patrol Commander Col. Glenn McNeil urged drives to turn around if they see standing water in the roadway.

The NWS says a landslide compromised the integrity of the dam in an area between Lake Shore Dr. and Lake Tahoma Rd. where the water meets the Catawba River. Smeltzer and McCormick both had worked in the Greenville market for more than a decade, anchor Carol Goldsmith said on air, breaking the news of their deaths Monday, May 28, 2018.

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Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell in some areas of the mountains over the past 24 hours, officials reported.

The Catawba River near Pleasant Gardens, near Marion, was at 14.4 feet, more than three feet above flood stage, U.S.

Authorities have also responded to at least 10 other water rescues and received reports of damage to homes, the extent of which wasn't immediately clear, Eggleston said.

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.

In the central US, the weather service warned that thunderstorms were forecast to erupt Thursday afternoon and evening, with many becoming severe anywhere from southern Missouri and IL eastward into the lower OH and upper Tennessee Valleys.

The State of Emergency will help the state coordinate storm response and prepare for any additional impacts.

On Monday, subtropical storm "Alberto" hit the coast of Florida.


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