South doused with heavy rains from remnants of Alberto

Glen Norman
May 30, 2018

The weather system was a subtropical depression Tuesday morning.

Forecasters say what's left of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is still capable of causing flash flooding, however.

An area of low pressure that has taken hold over the Triangle will keep things gray and sometimes rainy through Thursday, however.

Since May 15, the Triad has received about 3 inches of rain as recorded at Piedmont Triad International Airport, said Phil Badgett, a weather service meteorologist in Raleigh.

Four deadly hurricanes struck the United States a year ago, killing at least 144 people and causing billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastating hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, according to the NHC. About half of Alabama's 67 counties were under a flash flood watch.

Rain and wind will begin subsiding between 6 PM and 8 PM.

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. Showers are possible through the night and Wednesday morning. "The surge was not that large".

"What Alberto has done for us is to have people dust off their hurricane plans and stock up on supplies", Whitehurst said.

Locations alone the Blue Ridge will have the highest rainfall amounts, however most everyone in the High Country should expect to get another inch or two of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed. The men died instantly, their vehicle's engine still running, he said.

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