Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Flash Flooding Possible As Alberto's Leftovers Track Over The Valley

Flash Flooding Possible As Alberto's Leftovers Track Over The Valley

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.

In Cuba, flooding damaged an oil refinery and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continued to drench the island in heavy rain.

"We've had a lot of rain, but we got lucky".

A flash flood emergency was issued for several counties in central Alabama Wednesday morning as heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Alberto flooded residential areas, prompting evacuations.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 AM Wednesday for all of the Tennessee Valley.

In North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV, authorities said.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the two died due to storm-related conditions.

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.

According to the latest forecast update from Ray's Weather Center, 17 days in the month of May have already seen measurable rainfall with more to come throughout the final three days of the month.

Near hurricane-force winds from Alberto dropped to about 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour) as it lost strength while crossing the Gulf of Mexico and making landfall in the U.S. South, the National Weather Service said.

The risk of flooding is not as significant in Forsyth and Guilford counties, and in areas east and south of the Triad, Adkins 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.

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