Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo.
Bands of dry air wrapped up with the storm spared Central Florida much of the feared rainfall that had triggered a flood watch, and the watch was discontinued Sunday afternoon.
WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed.
"I strongly encourage everyone to be safe and stay informed", Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. A few brief tornadoes were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
"Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) with higher gusts".
"From late this week through this weekend, a general 1-3 inches of rain is likely with highly localized amounts up to 6 inches possible", according to the report. When you get a potent cold front to interact with an atmosphere that is this moisture-rich, you get more heavy rain potential along with some strong storms. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.
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After meandering on Friday, Alberto gained some strength on Saturday and forecasters said it could transition from subtropical to full tropical status - a change dictated by the system's structure and the factors influencing its power. Forecasters say the center of the depression is moving to the north near 12 miles per hour (19 kph).
"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said. The system is then expected to spread rains over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and push later in the week into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region.
This should be a quiet period with mostly cloudy skies and isolated shower and storms.
Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially begin until June 1 and runs through the fall.
Between four and eight inches of rain could pummel Florida Panhandle, eastern and central Alabama, and western Georgia.
Storm surge flooding was less of a concern because Alberto's arrival would not coincide with high tide, he said.