South doused with heavy rains from remnants of Alberto

Alberto

Alberto

Alabama - Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, spawned scattered flooding in Alabama as it weakened into a subtropical depression on Tuesday, a day after two journalists were killed in North Carolina when a tree fell on their auto.

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

Flash flood warnings have been issued for several other western counties in North Carolina, with the NWS cautioning that resulting landslides and rapidly rising waterways have created a life-threatening situation.

Among other things, it has left 25,000 people in Alabama without power.

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Two television journalists covering the worsening weather in North Carolina were killed on Monday by a falling tree that struck their auto.

The threat of flooding is possible in Yadkin County and areas west of Yadkinville, such as Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, said Randy Adkins, a meteorologist with the Accuweather in State College, Pa.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said computer models were "in a relatively good agreement" that the weather will dry out a bit overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, but then rains return.

"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.

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A flash flood emergency was issued in Maryland's Howard County at 4:40 p.m. "Clearly this is worse than it was in July of 2016". Water peaked at levels higher than in historic flooding that killed two people and submerged the city in 2016.

Forsyth and Guilford counties are expected to get an additional 1 inch of rain over the next six days, he said.

The large tree that crushed the TV news vehicle Monday afternoon near Tryon, North Carolina, killed news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, the station said.

It would take a downpour of 2 to 2½ inches of rain over a two- to three-hour period to cause flooding on the saturated ground in Winston-Salem or Greensboro, Badgett said.

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