1 remains missing following deadly Virginia flash flooding; Landslide kills 2 in North Carolina
By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer
June 04, 2018, 3:10:39 AM EDT
Two people were killed when a home collapsed in Boone, North Carolina, after extreme flooding triggered a landslide.
The Boone Police Department tweeted that crews were on the scene of a structural collapse in the Heaven Mountain Area on Wednesday.
The home was destroyed by a gas leak following a landslide as the state continues to feel the effects of Subtropical Storm Alberto, according to the Associated Press.
Sgt. Shane Robbins said the landslide caused the “catastrophic destruction” of the home due to a gas leak, according to the AP.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released while relatives are notified.
Evacuation orders canceled in North Carolina after officials deem Lake Tahoma Dam safe
Falling tree kills 2 South Carolina journalists on Monday amid hazardous weather
Elevated flash flood risk to persist in southeastern US into Thursday night
Some areas of the North Carolina mountains have received up to 20 inches of rain in the past 15 days.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in western North Carolina counties on Wednesday. The state of emergency was called after heavy rains overnight triggered mudslides in multiple communities, according to a government press release.
"Within the last 24 hours, 4 to 7 inches of rain fell across portions of the mountains adding to the already heavily saturated ground," the press release reads.
BFD incident pic.twitter.com/5cmsWz5kaj— Boone NC Police Dept (@boonepolice) May 31, 2018
Flash flooding strikes Virginia
Heavy rain also produced dangerous and destructive flooding in Virginia.
Two people were reported missing Thursday after reportedly being swept away in floodwaters in Albemarle County, the AP reported. Later in the day, officials confirmed that they had recovered the body of one of the two missing persons, but had to halt the search for the second due to dangerous conditions. The search is ongoing and will resume on Monday.
Both people were standing outside their vehicle when both they and their car were swept away. Their identities have not been released.
Albemarle County declared a local emergency related to major flooding occurring in southern and western portions of the county, according to a press release from the City of Charlottesville.
A third person in Virginia was reported missing on Wednesday night, according to the Madison County Sheriffs Office's Facebook page. After days of searching for the missing person, officials confirmed that they had recovered the individual's body on Saturday morning.
Evacuations orders canceled in North Carolina after officials deem Lake Tahoma Dam safe early
Earlier on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood emergency for central McDowell County, including the town of Marion.
Heavy rainfall led to a landslide that compromised the Lake Tahoma Dam in western North Carolina early Wednesday morning
The evacuation order was canceled as of 10:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, after Lake Tahoma was deemed safe after an inspection.
A falling tree killed two South Carolina journalists on Monday
On Monday, two journalists from WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, died after a tree fell on their vehicle while they were reporting on weather in the region.
WYFF anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were covering hazardous weather conditions near Tryon, North Carolina, when a tree fell on their news van.
Rain associated with Alberto was falling across the region at the time of the incident. The storm is not being attributed to their deaths, according to the Associated Press.
WYFF News 4 anchor Mike McCormick and WYFF News 4 photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died Monday when a tree fell on their SUV. https://t.co/VZZKA6K6qq All of us at WYFF News 4 are grieving. We are a family. pic.twitter.com/IQmZ6prUIH— WYFF News 4 (@wyffnews4) May 28, 2018
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