Flash Flood Watch continues amid days of rain

Hannah Rogers
May 30, 2018

The NHC warned the storm would dump rains of 2-6 inches (6-15 cm), with up to 12 inches over north Florida and Alabama through Tuesday night.

The pelting rain soaked the uniform and socks of Lt. Andy Husar with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, who watched surf get kicked up along Panama City Beach on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Alberto was forecast to work its way north-northwest through Alabama and into Tennessee and Kentucky before going north through IN, brushing Chicago and heading northeast into MI on Thursday and then Canada with whatever strength it has left.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 AM Wednesday for all of the Tennessee Valley. State-owned TV showed authorities using barriers Tuesday to try to contain the spill from the Cienfuegos refinery in central Cuba about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Havana.

In Polk County, North Carolina, news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, of Greenville, South Carolina-based CNN affiliate WYFF, were killed Monday when a tree fell on their SUV as they covered the hazardous weather, the station said.

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"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", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement.

Those areas are expected to get more rain because the eastern side of the remnants of Alberto will bring more moisture to those regions, said Robert Beasley, a weather service meteorologist in Blacksburg, Va.

"Don't attempt to travel, unless fleeing from an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order", said a tweet from the NWS Wednesday morning.

Alberto was more of a rainstorm than a wind threat, but the National Weather Service said at least one tornado had been confirmed.

Karen Clark & Co, a risk-modeling firm, on Tuesday estimated the insured losses from Alberto at $50 million. "Strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside, she said. The men died instantly, their vehicle's engine still running, he said.

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