Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Flash Flood Emergency issued for several AL counties

Subtropical storm Alberto is brewing in the Caribbean Sea GETTYSubtropical storm Alberto is brewing in the Caribbean Sea
Gerardo Duncan | 30 May, 2018, 18:38

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Northwest North Carolina as the remnants of subtropical storm Alberto are expected to bring heavy rain to the region.

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

Alberto's winds continued to slow down throughout Monday, reaching maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as it made landfall in Laguna Beach, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A flash flood emergency was issued for several central Alabama counties Wednesday morning.

Alabama Power Co. said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday, most in the Birmingham area.

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.

Alberto dumped between 2 and 5 inches (2 and 13 centimeters) of rain over parts of the Florida Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service.

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

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.

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

By late Tuesday, Alberto's center was moving over western Kentucky.

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. Anchor Mike McCormick and camera operator Aaron Smeltzer from Greenville, South Carolina's, WYFF News were on Highway 176 when the tree came down after heavy rains saturated the ground, police said.

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