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1 person missing amid Virginia flooding found dead

01 June 2018

A hazardous weather outlook released by the National Weather Service said that Friday's storms could produce hail larger than an inch and gusts of wind reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour. The Watauga Democrat reported that first responders were asked to respond to a landslide into a single-family dwelling Wednesday afternoon resulting in "catastrophic destruction of the structure from a gas leak", according to Robbins Two persons were reported to be in the structure at the time.

"If you can't see the painted lines on the road, then it's too deep for you to drive through it", Yaussy said.

Roy Cooper will declare a state of emergency for the western parts of the state after heavy rain swept through the area, causing mudslides and flooding Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

"Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate", Cooper said on Wednesday.

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

The Lake Tahoma dam is now in "imminent danger" of failure, according to authorities who are warning residents in McDowell County to immediately move to higher ground. The weather pattern was making its way through the Great Lakes region Thursday, bringing heavy rain and some thunderstorms.

Deadly subtropical depression Alberto, the storm system that has been drenching the Southeast, has caused landslides, evacuations and flash flooding.

"This is an extremely risky situation", the warning said.

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Officials say over 200 people sought refuge in six shelters that were open in McDowell County overnight. In Albemarle County, two people were missing, and in Madison County one person was missing. Flash flood watches were in effect for parts of several states from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, the Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia.

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. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died.

The weather service on Tuesday confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Calhoun County on Monday. The men were able to climb from the overturned truck and stand on its side in the Catawba River until they were rescued, Gov. Cooper said.

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1 person missing amid Virginia flooding found dead