Soggy Alberto Churns Inland, Spreading Rain Wildly

Soggy Alberto Churns Inland, Spreading Rain Wildly

Soggy Alberto Churns Inland, Spreading Rain Wildly

In some pockets of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, the deluge could amount to 12 inches, with flash flooding possible.

A surfer makes his way out into the water as the subtropical storm approaches in Pensacola.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that as Alberto's weakening system moves inland Wednesday, it still remains a potential menace.

Numerous landslides were reported in the North Carolina mountains following heavy rainfall from Alberto, the deadly subtropical depression drenching the Southeast.

The two classifications come with different impacts since heavy rain typically extends farther away from the center of subtropical cyclones and their strength is limited in becoming strong hurricanes.

Saturday night: Periods of rain and a thunderstorm. Alberto will continue its course north bringing heavy rain to Alabama through the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

Tropical rains extended to the Carolinas where a local news crew covering the storm was killed after a falling tree struck their vehicle.

"Two journalists working to keep the public informed about this storm have tragically lost their lives, and we mourn with their families, friends and colleagues", Cooper said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for portions of southwest IN and Western Kentucky from this afternoon through Wednesday morning.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, which spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season, was packing maximum sustained winds near 105 km/h and was expected to drop as much as 30 centimeters of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

"Most of the issues we're having right now are downed trees and downed limbs", Walton County spokesman Louis Svehla told the Northwest Florida Daily News. "The surge was not that large".

Hurricane season is set to begin officially Friday. Alberto formed several days ahead of the June 1 official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season.

Subtropical storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said a large tree toppled on a news television vehicle Monday near Tryon, N.C. WYFF-TV of Greenville, S.C., said a news anchor, Mike McCormick, and photojournalist, Aaron Smeltzer, with that station were both killed.

Remnants of Alberto will have moved northeast of us, but rain chances will remain as another disturbance rolls through the area.

"Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them", Tennant said at a news conference, his voice cracking.

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