Alberto swings west, but flash flooding potential remains

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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. "It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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. Beachcombers had returned to the white sands of the Northern Gulf by Tuesday morning, but forecasters still warned of unsafe currents.

Alberto was forecast to weaken to a "remnant low pressure" system by Tuesday evening as it moves into the Tennessee Valley and then the Ohio Valley, the weather service said.

As we reported on Tuesday, a local news crew - a reporter and photographer - were killed in North Carolina while covering the storm when a tree fell on their vehicle.

"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.

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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.

Flash Flood Warnings have also been issued for Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry and Tallapoosa counties until 1:45 p.m.

Precipitation totals from the National Weather Service show that Boone has received 9.44 inches of rain this month and will most likely reach double-digit rainfall amounts for the month after this storm rolls through.

The weather service said its meteorologists confirmed a weak tornado with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour (147 kph) hit an area around Cameron, South Carolina, on Monday afternoon.