Story at a glance

  • Some areas of the Tarheel State were hit with up to 10 inches of rain.
  • Three people were found dead at a campground in Alexander County, and a child and two adults are still missing.
  • Floodwaters damaged dozens of roads and at least four bridges.

At least seven people are dead and three are missing after heavy rains slammed North Carolina Thursday and caused severe flash flooding, according to The Washington Post

Some areas of the Tarheel State were hit with up to 10 inches of rain as moisture from Tropical Storm Eta moved off the Florida coast and interacted with a cold front over the region. 


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About an hour north of Charlotte, Alexander County was one of the hardest-hit areas where crews had to evacuate more than 30 people from a campsite due to flooding. Three people were found dead at the Hiddenite Family Campground and a child and two adults are still missing. 

One person also died after a car went into water in Alexander County, and two traffic-related deaths were reported near Statesville, about 40 miles north of Charlotte. Near Raleigh, a child playing near a creek that overflowed drowned in the town of Rolesville.

Floodwaters damaged dozens of roads and at least four bridges in the hard-hit county, and a reporter from Fox 46 Charlotte was live on the air when one of the bridges collapsed near her. 

Rescue crews evacuated 143 students from the Charlotte Corvian Community School after floodwaters inundated the building, according to the Charlotte Fire Department. No injuries were reported. 

“The rain may have ended but hazards remain,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter Friday. “Numerous roads remain closed & several rivers continue to rise. Use caution while traveling & leave extra time in case you encounter a closed roadway. Never drive around barricades.”

Eta has pummeled both coasts of Florida for days as it has moved north. The storm first made landfall in Central America last week as a Category 4 hurricane and left at least 120 people dead in the region and dozens of others missing, according to The Associated Press. Eta also made landfall in Cuba and in the Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday.


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Published on Nov 13, 2020