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2 journalists killed from impacts of downgraded Alberto, flash flood watch in effect in metro Atlanta

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A television anchor and photojournalist were killed after a tree fell on their vehicle while they were reporting on Subtropical Storm Alberto but the storm has been downgraded but still continues to rip through Alabama and the Atlantic Coast.

The two were killed Monday in North Carolina while covering the very fringes of the large system whose core made landfall hundreds of miles (kilometers) away on the northern Gulf Coast. Authorities said a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked soil and toppled on the news team's SUV, killing the two instantly.

WYFF-TV Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer both had worked in the Greenville market for more than a decade, anchor Carol Goldsmith said on air, breaking the news of their deaths Monday.

"Mike and Aaron were beloved members of our team - our family," Goldsmith said.

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Meanwhile, Alberto, which was downgraded to a depression, made landfall on the Gulf Coast and is scattering heavy rains around the South amid heightened risks of flash flooding.

The storm that sprang from warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico was now a vast, soggy system as it headed inland, dumping heavy rains in bursts all around the region.

Though the storm had weakened, forecasters warned, it was capable of potentially life-threatening flash floods in the coming hours or days as the vast system spreads over Alabama and large areas of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

(Click here for the current map for Alberto) 

Alberto's forecast

Between four and eight inches (10-25 centimeters) of rain could soak the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on. Isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) also are possible in spots as the system heads toward the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and later this week into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region. 

(Click here for Alberto's Forecast)

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Metro Atlanta Impact

With the system moving through Georgia, your rain chances will remain high through at least Wednesday. 

With more rain falling and an already saturated ground, there's a flash flood watch in effect for a number of counties. Those counties include Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Taliaferro, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Henry, Butts, Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, Warren, Troup, Meriwether, Pike, Upson, Lamar, Monroe, Jones, Baldwin, Harris, Talbot, Taylor, Crawford, Bibb, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Macon, Peach, Stewart, Webster and Sumter.

Click here for north Georgia's radar

What is a subtropical storm?

You may have noticed that Alberto is a "subtropical" storm vs. a tropical storm. The difference in the two terms is how the system develops. Alberto is being impacted by upper-level winds that's causing a lot of the rain and wind to be displaced well away from the center of the storm. Once Alberto moves into the Gulf of Mexico, winds will relax and it's expected to become better organized and be a full-fledged tropical storm. 

(MORE: 7 Day Forecast for Atlanta)

2018 storm names 

  • Alberto 
  • Beryl 
  • Chris 
  • Debby 
  • Ernesto 
  • Florence
  • Gordon 
  • Helene 
  • Isaac 
  • Joyce 
  • Kirk 
  • Leslie 
  • Michael 
  • Nadine 
  • Oscar 
  • Patty 
  • Rafael 
  • Sara 
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William 

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