Two people are dead in the North Carolina mountains when a home was destroyed by a gas leak following a landslide as several states continue to feel the effects of Subtropical Storm Alberto.
The Boone Police Department said in a news release that rescuers were called about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Sgt. Shane Robbins said the landslide resulted in the “catastrophic destruction” of the home because of a gas leak.
The only two people in the home were found dead in the rubble. Their names haven’t been released while relatives are notified.
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday, saying the forecast for the rest of the week calls for isolated heavy rain storms that could instantly cause flooding in areas that have had 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain in the past 15 days.