Alberto remnants threaten Alabama after two killed in North Carolina

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And while forecasters said the subtropical depression could dump several inches (centimeters) of rain inland, few major problems have been reported so far.

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

"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. But given previously soaked ground, the propensity for runoff, and the greater likelihood of heavier downpours developing longer and perhaps lighter rain of longer duration, areas along and east of the Blue Ridge are the focus for the highest risk of potential flash flooding again today.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said computer models were "in a relatively good agreement" that the weather will dry out a bit overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, but then rains return.

"The Tri-State was doused with 1-2" ahead of Alberto on Tuesday, but the main even promises to bring even more rain on Wednesday morning. It could deliver up to 6 inches of rain in some areas as it moves toward lower MI by Wednesday evening, officials said.

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The threat of flooding is possible in Yadkin County and areas west of Yadkinville, such as Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, said Randy Adkins, a meteorologist with the Accuweather in State College, Pa.

Hermond was swept up as he tried to help a shop owner who had escaped flood waters with her cat, police said.

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.

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.

"Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them", Tennant said at a news conference, his voice cracking.

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