Alberto begins to dissipate after leaving trail of destruction

Tropical Storm Alberto has left a trail of deadly destruction across parts of the US with Virginia and North Carolina ravaged by landslides and floods and dams now perilously close to rupturing.

Remnants of Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, are now pushing into Canada after heavy rains drenched the Southern Appalachians, claiming lives in raging flash floods, triggering mudslides and washing away bridges.

Since its Memorial Day landfall in the Florida Panhandle, Alberto's heavy rains have been widespread, with flooding reported from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, West Virginia and Illinois. 

Pipes and wires were left exposed on a road in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Alberto left a trail of destruction in its wake

Pipes and wires were left exposed on a road in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Alberto left a trail of destruction in its wake

A parked car on Jefferson Street is swamped by floodwaters from Blacks Run after a strong afternoon thunderstorm in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Thursday

A parked car on Jefferson Street is swamped by floodwaters from Blacks Run after a strong afternoon thunderstorm in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Thursday

Connor Robins, 9, plays at the edge of floodwaters that wreaked havoc near Charlottesville in Virginia  

Connor Robins, 9, plays at the edge of floodwaters that wreaked havoc near Charlottesville in Virginia  

In Virginia, flash flooding blamed on Alberto turned a peaceful creek into a roaring death trap as witnesses reported a man and woman were swept away when their car was washed off a road Wednesday night. Police say searchers found one of the victims Thursday and would resume searching Friday for the other still missing. 

'The streams are overflowing right now. Everything's at full capacity, if not more,' said Albemarle County Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston, speaking at a news conference Thursday. He said he feared any additional rain would just make creeks and streams swell again. 

Rescue crews are to continue searching Friday in and around Ivy Creek in Virginia's Albemarle County, where a day earlier they found the body of one of two occupants of a Toyota Prius engulfed by the floodwaters. Farther north in Virginia's Madison County, sheriff's officials said rescuers are seeking a female reported missing in high waters there.

'Ivy Creek is normally a very docile creek,' Eggleston said. But he added it only took a downpour of 8 to 10 inches of rain before Ivy Creek 'turned into a swollen, raging river.'

Emergency responders also carried out at least 10 other water rescues and received reports of damage to homes, the extent of which wasn't immediately clear.

Throughout the stricken region, authorities posted photos of washed-out roads and bridges, and they warned people to avoid unnecessary travel. One photo posted by the city of Charlottesville showed a playground partially submerged by

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