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The first storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Alberto, landed on Monday along the Florida Panhandle and brought heavy rain to much of the southeast, calling for the lives of two journalists serving in North Carolina.
Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF News 4 were killed when a tree fell on their SUV, officials and WYFF said.
The two, who worked for the NBC branch in Greenville, SC, died shortly after questioning firefighters in Polk County, just beyond the state border in North Carolina.
"We had talked a bit about it [McCormick] wanted us to stay safe and we wanted it to stay safe," said Geoffrey M. Tennant of the Tryon Fire Department. About 10 minutes later, Tennant said, the department received a call from a tree motor vehicle
The area was part of the southeastern floodwatch, which according to the National Weather Service should remain in force until Thursday morning.
Soil has been saturated with rain for the past two weeks "It is likely that" abundant tropical humidity that comes over the mountains and the foothills will likely last at least midweek "
Alberto made a memorial Day near Laguna Beach, Florida, west of Panama City, and officials warned of dangerous conditions, though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour.
Flash flooding could occur in Florida, Georgia, predictions are due to take place in Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas by Tuesday morning 19659008] Forecasters also warned the people of these areas and South Carolina of the possibility that "short tornadoes" could develop if Alberto further into the interior of the country.
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Panama City, Fla. – was ready for more than 6.5 inches of rain Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee.
The storm's maximum sustained winds had reached 65mph on Sunday night – but although it lost strength, meteorologist David Zelinsky of the National Hurricane Center told NPR that there was no reason to relax.
Here are the estimated rainfall, forecasts from today through Tuesday evening, and a representation of the ongoing Flash Flood Watch was higher volumes could lead to flooding. pic.twitter.com/TdxIVD5Npc
– NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) May 28, 2018
"Main thing we advise people not to pay too much attention to maximum winds, Said Selinsky. "The precipitation threat is the main thing. If Alberto moves inland and begins to falter, one must not assume that the event is over. It still threatens rain and floods. "
Shortly before 5 pm ET, Alberto was moving north at 9 mph, the NHC said it is expected to get a little faster over the next few days
"On the forecast rail, the center of Alberto will move across Alabama later in the evening and on Tuesday," said the NHC. "The system is expected to hit the Ohio on Tuesday and Wednesday Valley and the Great Lakes region across the Tennessee Valley. "
Perry, Florida, has received nearly 2 inches of rain since Sunday morning, and that will be a lot more, said the NWS, with more than an inch of rain already in Tallahassee and Apalachicola Falls Warnings about storm surges and high surf were broadcast Monday along the coast on both sides of Apalachicola.
From the Florida Panhandle across eastern and central Alabama to the west Georgia Can Expect People to Receive 4 to 8 inches of Rain (19659008) In addition to parts of the Southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions in Cuba could cause "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," according to the NHC.  Alberto is the first named storm in the 2018 hurricane season – a season that officially does not start before June 1, says the National Hurricane Center. After Alberto spent 3.25 days as a named storm, Colorado Meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said that it is "the longest living Atlantic storm formed in May since Alice in 1953."
NPR's Rachel Lushinsky and Nicole Hernandez have contributed to this report.