After a night of heavy rains in some parts of central and western North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a warning Saturday afternoon with more storms on the way.
“Though the rain may have slowed, the threat is not over,” Cooper said. “I urge everyone to make safety their first priority, particularly in areas where constant rain has fallen the last couple of days.”
Saturday evening, staff had to be moved from areas of the first floor of the College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in the Burke County community of Connelly Springs.
Burke County Emergency Management Director Mike Willis said some water crept into that building and so rescue crews helped move staff members to a different portion of the building.
Channel 9s Briana Harper reports that after lightning forced an evacuation of the Taste of Charlotte event in Uptown around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the event was cancelled for the rest of the evening due to the storms.
It will reopen, weather permitting, at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Saturday evening, Caldwell County Emergency Management Chief Dino DiBernardi told Channel 9 anchor Liz Foster that departments were monitoring rising water levels in some communities.
Some animals had to be evacuated and about 10 homes in the Hudson area were recommended for evacuation. DiBernardi said that's where his department's primary concerns were as of Saturday night.
Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty covered a number of water rescues along U.S. 321 Friday night, where several inches of rain was recorded in a relatively short period of time.
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Viewers also sent in videos of the damage. Durham Castellaw took a series of videos Saturday afternoon at Glenn Hilton Park in Hickory showing much of the park underwater from the heavy rains.
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