Mudslides triggered by the damp remains of Alberto forced evacuation below a dam on Wednesday and closed a highway in western North Carolina as the center of the storm rolled hundreds of miles into the center of the country.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday afternoon Alberto stopped being a subtropical storm, but was supposed to continue to bring wind and rain while moving across the Great Lakes.
The heavy rain had stopped, at least for the time being, in North Carolina, but Governor Roy Cooper said several other dams could be in danger as the rivers continued to rise. He sent a team of state inspectors to check at least four of them.
The inspections came after about 2,000 people had been evacuated for several hours when emergency managers said the Lake Tahoma Dam was in danger of failure early Wednesday. Heavy rain caused landslides along the causeway and along Interstate 40, which was closed near Asheville.
Engineers continued to inspect the dam in daylight. McDowell County officials announced a public call for tenders shortly after 1
Cooper declared a state of emergency in western North Carolina as heavy storms were predicted for the remainder of the week. the possibility of further flooding and landslides.
"This storm is not over yet, and I encourage people to keep an eye on forecasts and flood clocks and ask drivers to exercise caution, especially when traveling in our Western counties," Cooper said in a statement.
Some areas of the North Carolina Mountains have increased In the last 15 days, the rain had a height of 51 centimeters.
A city in northern Georgia also dealt with flooding.
Up to 18 inches of rain in Helen, Georgia caused about 10 floods It's Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Atlanta Station WAGA-TV reports that several roads near the city center were shut down due to the increasing volume of water. No injuries or structural damage were reported.
The center of depression that Alberto had been was about 400 miles (640 kilometers) west near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where strong winds and heavy rains gave Sherry Key a restless sleep. 19659002] "I have dogs and they are terribly afraid of storms, so they were on top of me all night," said Key, an airport manager.
Radar showed that rain ranged all the way to the Gulf Coast, where the storm landed in the Florida Panhandle on Monday, and north in the Great Lakes region.
Forecasters warned that the remnants of the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could still cause treacherous flooding, as the heavy rainfall continues to spread to the US mid-section. Flash Flood watches and alerts were in force for parts of several states from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, the Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia.
In the mountains of western North Carolina, McDowell County Emergency Management Deputy Director Adrienne Jones Approximately 200 residents spent the night in three lodgings in Marion, Old Fort and Glenwood. She said that during the water rescue, five minor injuries were reported as streams and streams flooded their banks and roads slipped.
Two members of the Department of Transportation survived a brief phone call as their garbage truck in McDowell County was swept away by a mudslide to clear dirt from an earlier chute. The men were able to climb off the overturned truck and stand on its side in the Catawba River until they were rescued, the governor said.
A television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed on Monday in North Carolina while the weather overcame a tree uprooted from rain-soaked soils and fell onto their SUV, authorities said. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said newscaster Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed.
Authorities in Cuba tell Alberto leave four people there, as the storm soaked the island in heavy rain. Interior Minister Julio Cesar Gandarilla said late Tuesday that they died as a result of "carelessness" during the storm. He gave no details. The deaths occurred when the authorities in Cienfuegos Bay, Central Cuba, halted an oil spill following the flooding of the nearby oil refinery.
The big, untidy storm caused more than 25,000 blackouts in Alabama, many of which were caused by trees in muddy ground falling over supply lines.
"We had a lot of rain, but we were lucky, it was a constant rain, but not heavy rain," said Regina Myers, head of emergency management at Walker County, northwest of Birmingham.
Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. Associated Press reporter Jack Jones, also in Columbia, contributed to this story.