(Polk County, NC) – Two South Carolina journalists are dead after a tree fell on their SUV. Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF in Spartanburg were covering rainstorms in nearby Polk County, North Carolina today when the tragedy occurred.
Everyone at the station is grieving and says they are thankful for the community’s support. The area is a under flood watch from storms linked to moisture pushed up from Subtropical Storm Alberto.
(SL) – Flood watches are in effect in parts of the Southeast as the first storm of the hurricane season moves over the Caribbean Sea.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to move north across the Gulf of Mexico through the Memorial Day weekend, bringing possible flash flooding, rip currents and strong winds to parts of the Gulf Coast, and potentially spawning tornadoes.
Tropical winds of 40-miles-per-hour and storm surge are possible from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle by late in the weekend. Up to four inches of rain is possible from southern Florida to the Carolinas over the next five days.