South doused with heavy rains from remnants of Alberto

Hurricane season 2018 Tropical season Alberto damage to cost 1 billion

The U.S. Golf Association canceled a practice round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship, being played at Shoal Creek, because of the weather. Numerous outages were caused by trees rooted in soggy soil falling across utility lines.

In Cuba, flooding damaged an oil refinery in central Cuba and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continued to drench the island in heavy rain.

Alabama - Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, spawned scattered flooding in Alabama as it weakened into a subtropical depression on Tuesday, a day after two journalists were killed in North Carolina when a tree fell on their vehicle. About half of Alabama's 67 counties were under a flash flood watch.

Two television journalists covering the worsening weather in North Carolina were killed on Monday by a falling tree that struck their auto.

"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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No people or cars were trapped, according to a 10:26 p.m. tweet by Jeff Crum, chief meteorologist with Spectrum News North Carolina. The focus of the heavy rain and gusty winds has primarily been near and west of I-65.

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.

"Don't attempt to travel, unless fleeing from an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order", said a tweet from the NWS Wednesday morning.

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

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

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