Two journalists killed as storm drenches US South

Posted May 30, 2018

Alberto has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Estimates include insured losses to residential, commercial and industrial properties as well as autos, according to a statement Tuesday from the Boston-based catastrophe modeler.

Alberto's winds slowed down throughout Monday as it made landfall in Laguna Beach, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto lumbered ashore on Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle and then weakened to a depression overnight as it trekked inland.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto will bring more rain to Pennsylvania for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Storms that DO develop have the potential to quickly drop a lot of rain at once which may trigger localized flash flooding.

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Rangers with the the National Park Service close off the Highway 399 through Gulf Islands National Seashore as a subtropical storm makes landfall on Monday, May 28, 2018 in Pensacola, Fla. The chance of any one spot getting wet both days is about 1 in 3, and we now project highs in the low 90s.

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October.

Further east and south, sea breeze thunderstorms will be enhanced by Alberto's leftover moisture across northeast, north-central and central Florida Tuesday afternoon and evening. They stocked up on groceries and settled in for card games.

Forecasters say the center of what's left of Alberto is over northwest Alabama, posing a continued threat for heavy rain and flash flooding in several states even though it's no longer a subtropical storm.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the storm has since weakened to a subtropical depression, with winds reaching a maximum 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) and sustained heavy rainfall. Gusty NE winds will keep it cooler near the Lake & Bay.

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In addition to the anticipated torrential rains Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center of America has placed a good portion of our easternmost counties under a Marginal Risk for Severe Weather.

WYFF anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died when the tree crushed their vehicle as they drove down a highway.

They had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they covered storms in North Carolina.

Tennant did not directly blame the up to 2 inches (5 centimetres) of rain that fell Monday from the fringes of Alberto for the deaths.

Tennant said the roots of the large tree tore loose from ground saturated by a week's worth of rain.

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