At least 2 dead, 3 missing in flooding from Alberto's last gasp


Flash flood warnings were issued for several other western counties in North Carolina, with the National Weather Service cautioning that resulting landslides and rapidly rising waterways have created a life-threatening situation.

Widespread flooding was reported in McDowell County, including along the Catawba River and its tributaries like Mill, Crooked, Nix, Curtis and Mackey creeks. A shelter has been opened at Old Fort Baptist Church, which is on East Main Street.

McDowell County Emergency Management is asking people to be patient as it assesses the danger.

Some areas on Gulf Coast barrier islands remained under evacuation orders due to flood risks, officials said. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured the hard-hit areas Thursday.

Emergency responders also carried out at least 10 other water rescues and received reports of damage to homes, the extent of which wasn't immediately clear, Eggleston said.

"The emergency at Lake Tahoma has been canceled".

Cooper has announced a state of emergency for mountain counties, where flooding and mudslides are still blocking a number of roads.

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The two reporters who were killed by subtropical storm Alberto on Monday spoke to a local fire chief moments before they died and told him to "be careful". "Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate", Cooper said.

Within the last 24 hours, 4 to 7 inches of rain fell across portions of the mountains adding to the already heavily saturated ground. Cooper also said it could potentially help draw down federal funds to fix North Carolina roads, saying the damage could be well in excess of a million dollars.

A map released by National Weather Service indicates all of central Pennsylvania could see up to an inch of total rainfall. These include Burnettes Landing, Lake James Landing (Paddy's Creek), State Park, and Mystic Landing.

Elsewhere in the Southeast, the storms triggered more flooding and mudslides.

A swift water rescue team from Charlotte came to assist McDowell personnel on Wednesday.

Two journalists were killed during the storm so far- news anchor Michael McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, of NBC's Greenville affiliate WYFF.

Alberto had weakened to a subtropical depression Monday but millions of people in parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky were still under flash flood watches for much of Tuesday.