Storm Alberto path tracking: Did tropical storm make landfall?

Alberto will continue to lift north today bringing locally heavy rain and a low threat for tornadoes to east central Florida

Alberto will continue to lift north today bringing locally heavy rain and a low threat for tornadoes to east central Florida

The National Weather Service issued an alert warning that heavy rains could cause flash flooding across the western Florida panhandle and much of southwest and south-central Alabama.

Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon as a subtropical storm in the Florida Panhandle, reaching maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as it arrived in Laguna Beach, according to the hurricane center. A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for the northwestern part of the state because of the storm.

WEST SIDE??? Traditionally, with landfalling tropical systems on the Gulf Coast, the big rains and main impact are along and to the right (east) of the circulation center.

Authorities did not immediately attribute any deaths or injuries directly to Alberto.

In North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV, authorities said. Various Western North Carolina counties' emergency services were taking half-hourly readings of the river where it flows by residential areas, according to Matt Bush of Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville.

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Fast upper level winds help start the storms which is not the case in tropical storms or hurricanes. It came ashore Monday near Laguna Beach, Florida.

On Monday, two journalists from South Carolina-based CNN affiliate WYFF were killed in Polk County, North Carolina.

Tuesday's most widespread and heaviest rain will fall across portions of north and northeast Florida.

WYFF anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died when the tree crushed their auto as they drove down a highway.

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

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Alberto was downgraded to a subtropical depression Monday night, after drenching the Southeast with rain and killing at least two people. He told them to be careful too. Storms that DO develop have the potential to quickly drop a lot of rain at once which may trigger localized flash flooding.

A woman died in a mudslide on May 19 not far from the area and officials in one especially hard-hit county were asking people living in vulnerable areas to voluntary leave before the weather got worse.

The storm disrupted long Memorial Day holiday weekend plans along from Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle to Miami Beach and other areas along the northern Gulf Coast, forced beachgoers out of the water and prompted evacuations of low-lying areas.

Alberto is forecast to move over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, and into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

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