Soggy Alberto triggers mudslides, threatened dam is OK

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"Following more than six inches of rain overnight in many areas of Western North Carolina, numerous residents are without power this morning in the Lake Lure area, as many trees are down and roads blocked", Lake Lure said in a Facebook post.

The storm led to the evacuation of 2,000 residents in a community near the Lake Tahoma dam due to officials being concerned that it would fail.

Cooper was scheduled afterward to take a driving tour of US 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.

Up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain caused flooding to creeks and rivers in the city of Helen, Georgia, around 10 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

They said the Hickory Nut Falls Campground and the Rivercreek Campground have been evacuated.

Emergency management officials say water was spilling around the sides of the Lake Tahoma dam and a landslide occurred on one side of the dam, prompting a level one emergency. No severe weather is expected, but heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible. Jeremy Waldrop with the county's emergency management office said crews were able to take a closer look.

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

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Although Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was downgraded to a subtropical depression soon after it made landfall on Monday, its affects have continued to be felt, even at the fringes of the system. No injuries have been reported, NBC News also said.

Two more people were killed when landslides caused a gas leak that caused catastrophic damage to a home. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died.

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.

"Flash flood watches remain in effect for the western Carolinas, northwest Virginia, and far eastern west Virginia", the NHC added.

Two workers with the North Carolina Department of Transportation had to be rescued after the tandem dump truck they were using was pushed off the road and into the Catawba River.

More than 20 agencies are assisting McDowell County with emergency calls including those from Avery, Catawba, Caldwell, Mitchell, Mecklenburg, and Guilford counties, as well as NCDOT, SHP, U.S. Forest Service and N.C. Forest Service.

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