Tropical Storm Eta Hits North Carolina With Deadly Flooding

 Friday, November 13, 2020

 CBS News

Tropical Storm Eta, which was once a devastating hurricane, is dumping heavy rain on the Carolinas and Virginia. Homes and roads are flooded and bridges have buckled, at least four people are dead and while dozens have been rescued, several remained unaccounted for.

The fast rising waters killed at least three people at a campground in North Carolina’s Alexander County, and a boy died in a swollen creek in a different part of the state.

More than two dozen were rescued from the Hiddenite campsite, but rescuers were still racing against the clock Thursday evening to try to find two people missing, including a one-year-old baby, both of whom were presumably swept away by flooding.

A boy, whose age was not confirmed, died in a flooded creek near his home in Rolesville, The News & Observer reported, citing police. Some parts of the Carolinas saw 3 to 7 inches of rainfall.

The heavy rain and flooding that engulfed the state washed out bridges littered with abandoned cars, causing mudslides and road accidents and leaving many families stranded.