CHARLOTTE, N.C. (NewsNation Now) — At least seven people are dead and two remain missing in North Carolina after flash floods swept across the state Thursday, officials said.
In Alexander County, emergency responders found three bodies and evacuated more than 30 people from a campground, as raging floodwaters destroyed multiple homes. Officials said a 1-year-old baby and an adult remain missing, NewsNation affiliate WJZY reported.
A fourth person was killed in a car in Alexander County, where floodwaters destroyed several bridges. Authorities said two others were killed in Iredell County.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said a child had drowned in Rolesville.
Five counties in North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Thursday, according to the state’s deputy director of emergency management.
They included Alexander County, where at least four bridges and 50 roadways were breached by floodwaters. The county’s website said that emergency personnel ended the search for missing people around 6 p.m. and will resume at 8 a.m. on Friday.
“It’s just an unfortunate weather thing that happened so quickly,” Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said.
Dozens of people were rescued in west Charlotte Thursday after heavy rain flooded roads. Rescuers evacuated 143 students after Charlotte Corvian Community School became inundated, the Charlotte Fire Department said.
Many told WJZY that their belongings were swept away by the swift waters.
Meanwhile, utility Duke Energy said about 3,100 customers were without electricity across North Carolina as of Thursday afternoon.
North Carolina has been hit by the same weather system as Tropical Storm Eta, with some areas receiving about 10 inches of rain.
Eta drenched Florida’s west coast on Thursday after making landfall north of Tampa Bay.
Eta is the 28th named storm of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm marked its fourth landfall Thursday near Cedar Key, Florida, after having already slammed Central America, Cuba and the upper Florida Keys.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.