Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened slightly as it neared Florida's Panhandle, where it should come ashore Monday to spread heavy rains across the southern US, potentially causing more than $1 billion in economic losses. 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.

More than 5,000 were evacuated in Cuba over the subtropical storm.

TVA is not anticipating major power outages as the storm moves north, although local distributors could face some electrical delivery problems and flash floods.

Subtropical Storm Alberto's pelting rain and brisk winds rain roiled the seas as it neared the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding were occurring over parts of the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

However, in SC, photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer and television news anchor, Mike McCormick, died on Monday after a tree that had been uprooted from rain-slacked ground collapsed on their auto. (May 29) "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", Cooper said in a statement. With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour (14 kph).

RAINFALL: Alberto is expected to produce 2 to 6 inches of rain from Alabama to the western Great Lakes and from northern Florida to the mid Atlantic coast through Wednesday.

If the forecast is correct, the first part of Memorial Day in South Florida will be cloudy but relatively dry, with rain chances increasing Monday afternoon and especially Monday evening - with heavy rain at times.

Officials in Howard County said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

"Most of the issues we're having right now are downed trees and downed limbs", Walton County spokesman Louis Svehla told the Northwest Florida Daily News. There was not a lot of erosion.

Anyone planning to head out to a parade, memorial service or ceremony in Central New York likely won't have to worry about bringing an umbrella since there's less than a 20 percent chance of showers all morning.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler centre than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Several inches (centimeters) were also possible from Tennessee east through the Carolinas.

At a news conference, Mr Tennant said choking up: "Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them".

He said the roots of a large tree that fell on the vehicle came loose from ground saturated by a week's worth of earlier rain.