At least 7 dead, 2 missing in North Carolina flash floods

by Joel Abbott · Nov 13th, 2020 1:55 pm
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Last Updated Nov 13th, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Seven people have been reported dead and two missing after torrential rains on Thursday led to flash flooding in North Carolina.

The National Weather service issued a warning Thursday morning that flash flooding would occur across the center of the state as a result of Tropical Storm Eta, which made landfall in Florida earlier this week.

Four people were killed when floodwaters swept through a campground in Alexander County, which reported 7-10 inches of rain. Rescue teams evacuated 31 people from the campground, but a man and a 1-year-old baby are still missing.

More than 50 roads and four bridges in Alexander County were also damaged. One of the bridges collapsed mere feet away from a news team covering the floods.

Another individual was killed in a car accident caused by the storms, and a boy drowned in a flooded creek near his home in Rolesville.

A mudslide was also reported in Burke County.

Tropical Storm Eta pushed back into the Atlantic Friday morning, where it is expected to break apart.

🔦 The storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane before hitting the U.S., made landfall in Nicaragua late last month before zigzagging though Central America and taking aim at Florida. The storm has killed more than 150 people across multiple countries.


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