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North Carolina Flooding: Images Show Destruction As Deadly Rains Threaten More Floods, Latest Warnings

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/10/2019 Sophia Waterfield
a large body of water: Stock image: View of Catawba River in North Carolina © Provided by Newsweek Media Group Inc. Stock image: View of Catawba River in North Carolina

Flash flooding in North Carolina has resulted in the deaths of three people, with Catawba County declaring a state of emergency. According to Associated Press, three men died on Saturday after their vehicle hit high water on a road west of Lincolnton and slammed into a tree.

According to North Carolina's State Highway Patrol, the occupants were trapped inside as the vehicle submerged in several feet of water. The victims are yet to be identified.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has placed a flash flood warning on North Carolina which expires at 9:00 p.m. ET today. In its latest alert, showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout the day ahead of an "approaching cold front." Rainfall rates are one to two inches per hour, especially with heavy downpours. 

a large body of water: NOAA © Provided by Newsweek Media Group Inc. NOAA The warning also claims that runoff from the weekend's heavy rainfall could mean continued flooding along the Catawba River in the North Carolina foothills and Piedmont. Landslides are also possible. 

Catawba County commissioners declared a state of emergency on Sunday to coordinate recovery after roads were closed by high water, according to its Twitter account.

Residents of a Hickory apartment complex were also evacuated to a temporary shelter due to the rising waters. The shelter is situated in the Catawba Valley Community College, which has closed on Monday due to the severe weather conditions. Other schools in the area are also closed to students, with it being optional for teachers. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management team also helped residents escape from Riverside Drive, along the Catawba River, opening their own shelter at Hopewell High school in Huntersville. 

"CMEMO is working with GCRRedCross to provide a shelter at Hopewell High School (11530 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville, NC) for residents evacuating from the Riverside Drive area along the Catawba River," stated the Twitter account. "The shelter opened at 8:00 p.m. today, Sunday, June 9."

NWS has confirmed that the "slow-moving system" in the southeast of the U.S. will bring possible flash flooding farther north into the northern Mid Atlantic and northeast into early Tuesday. Even though the system is moving, the southeast will remain unsettled as the front remains in place. Storms and showers will continue. 

Due to the severe weather, a beach hazards statement is also in effect from 6:00 a.m. ET until the evening for the Coastal Horry area. Strong south to north longshore current is expected to develop by Monday afternoon at Horry County beaches, meaning that surfers are at risk if they choose to venture out. The NWS advises that all swimmers or surfers should check with their lifeguards before entering the ocean, as longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents, piers, jetties, and other hazardous areas, making it difficult for them to return to shore.

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