Alberto's last gasp: Mudslides and flooding in Appalachia

Alberto's last gasp: Mudslides and flooding in Appalachia

Weather forecasters say the threat of flooding continues in northwestern SC and part of the coast.

In Virginia, flash flooding blamed on Alberto turned a peaceful creek into a roaring death trap as witnesses reported a man and woman were swept away when their auto was washed off a road Wednesday night.

Jones said about 200 residents were in three shelters, set up in Marion, Old Fort and Glenwood.

NC Emergency Management said McDowell County has experienced the most significant flooding since 2004 during Hurricane Frances. At 7:15 am, an update said that dam engineers will perform inspections during daylight hours to determine whether the evacuation order is still needed.

DeVoir expected the heaviest rain would fall on Thursday and Friday, but said the chance for the occasional rain and thunderstorm will persist into the weekend.

Chief Engineer Tim Little with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said more than 50 roads remain closed throughout the state due to flooding, washouts and downed trees.

Because of the flooding, schools were closed Wednesday in McDowell County, according to Fox Carolina. Various Western North Carolina counties' emergency services were taking half-hourly readings of the river where it flows by residential areas, according to Matt Bush of Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville.

The National Weather Service said the areas that were hit were in Nassau County and western Suffolk County.

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"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 Albemarle County Police Department shared photos of some of the destruction that floodwaters inflicted on local roads, with many streets under water or entirely collapsed in some parts.

There was also a mandatory evacuation of downtown Old Fort in McDowell County because of flooding, the governor's office said. They include Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.

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

On Monday, two journalists from South Carolina-based CNN affiliate WYFF were killed in Polk County, North Carolina.

Flood watches were in effect for most of Maryland and northern Virginia, including the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas.

A television news anchor and a photojournalist died Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV in North Carolina.

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