Evacuation order lifted; western North Carolina dam is safe

Heavy rain will reach Chicago and the Great Lakes by Wednesday afternoon

The National Weather Service said in a tweet early Wednesday that a landslide compromised the dam and "ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!"

"We need to really help as much as we can", Trindell said.

Around 12:30 a.m., Wednesday officials ordered all residents living below Lake Tahoma to evacuate at the request of the Lake Tahoma dam engineer.

CBS Greensboro, N.C., affiliate WFMY-TV reported a mudslide in Old Fort that forced the shutdown of a portion of Interstate 40.

National Weather Service meteorologist Greg DeVoir said Philadelphia will see about the same amount, while Pittsburgh and areas out to the west could see a little more rain.

That same day, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) declared a state of emergency for the western part of the state.

According to earlier reports, the dam, located at a private lake in the mountains, reached "Level 1" of emergency categories, McDowell County Emergency Management officials said - meaning the dam had failed, was failing, or was about to fail, according to federal guidelines.

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Because of the flooding, schools were closed Wednesday in McDowell County, according to Fox Carolina. This means the potential for some heavy rains at times.

But officials say Subtropical Storm Alberto washed away some nests and flooded others across the state this week, which makes it unlikely any of those eggs will survive.

Two more people were killed when landslides caused a gas leak that caused catastrophic damage to a home. A search continued late Thursday afternoon for the second person, while farther north in Madison County, the sheriff's office said rescuers were searching for a female reported missing in water the night before. No injuries have been reported, NBC News also said.

The new system of severe weather in the southeastern part of the country remained cause for concern for some residents: Flood warnings and flash flood watches were still in effect for the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas of the country.

As we reported on Tuesday, a local news crew - a reporter and photographer - were killed in North Carolina while covering the storm when a tree fell on their vehicle.

Two workers with the North Carolina Department of Transportation had to be rescued after the tandem dump truck they were using was pushed off the road and into the Catawba River.

The weather service on Tuesday confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Calhoun County on Monday.

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