Landslide kills 2 in North Carolina

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Torrential rain lead to widespread flooding in western North Carolina Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

After moving into the Tennessee Valley, the system is forecast to head into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters say what's left of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is still capable of causing flash flooding. Officials are monitoring the dams and Gov. Cooper's office has said that water rescue teams from across the state are coming to the area to help if needed. She said about 2,000 people live in the evacuation area and there are about 200 people in shelters.

MCDOWELL COUNTY, North Carolina - Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate in western North Carolina due to a dam that is in "imminent danger" of failing, NBC reported.

The rain chances will start to ramp up the next couple of days as the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto race toward the mountains.

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.

Though Alberto had passed, a second storm system was active Thursday in the lower OH and upper Tennessee valleys where severe weather and flash floods were possible due to the heavy rain.

Alberto made landfall along the Florida panhandle late Monday afternoon with winds of up to 65 miles per hour. Five vehicles were caught in the mud but no injuries were reported.

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

In Virginia, two people went missing Wednesday night after floodwaters swept them away in their silver Toyota Prius in Albemarle County, where a county-wide emergency was declared.

A mudslide closed portions of Interstate 40 in McDowell County for some time Wednesday morning.

The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County is also trying to determine sea turtle nest losses.

The incident marked the fourth weather-related deaths attributed to Alberto, which made landfall earlier this week as a subtropical storm and has since drenched the states in its path. Scattered thunderstorms and strong wind gusts along with hail were in the forecast for parts of in, while Kentucky was hit with severe thunderstorms, prompting flash flood warnings.

Heavy rains from the fringes of Subtropical Storm Alberto caused widespread flooding Tuesday evening.

Flash flood watches remained in effect Thursday morning for the western Carolinas, northwest Virginia and far eastern West Virginia.

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