Local and state officials said they are "closely monitoring" the dams at Lake Lure, Lake Tahoma, Lake Tuxedo and North Fork Lake and plan to send dam safety engineers to the areas. Heavy rain triggered landslides at the dam, and the National Weather Service said "evacuees are being asked to flee". McDowell County Schools are closed Wednesday.
Swift-water rescue teams are looking for two people who went missing on a flooded road in Albemarle County, Virginia. Also in North Carolina, record amounts of rain contributed to a landslide that killed two people when their home was destroyed, ABC News reported.
Alberto is pushing deeper inland after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, causing flash flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages through parts of the South, East and central USA and prompting officials to warn of a possible dam failure in North Carolina.
North Carolina has ordered mandatory evacuations for anyone south of Lake Tahoma Dam after a landslide compromised the integrity of the structure.
The dam is about five miles northwest of Marion.
Flooding was also reported in the town of Old Fort, North Carolina, late Tuesday night.
Forecasters warn storms could bring more flooding Wednesday, but say the heavy rains will be isolated and not widespread.
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The inspections came after about 2,000 people were evacuated for several hours after emergency managers said the Lake Tahoma dam was in danger of "imminent failure" early Wednesday.
McDowell County Emergency Management deputy director Adrienne Jones says the dam hasn't failed, but inspectors are watching it.
Cooper said he will be traveling to western North Carolina on Thursday to visit counties affected by the storms. A shelter has been opened at Old Fort Baptist Church, which is on East Main Street.
Subtropical Storm Alberto kept a tight circulation and spun pretty far west, so we did not get much banding effects from it here in Southwest Virginia on Tuesday. Flooding was also reported along sections of US 70 and USA 221 in the county.
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC issued warnings overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.
In North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV, authorities said.
More than 9 million people were under flash flood watches Thursday morning, including Baltimore and Washington.