Southern U.S. hit with heavy rain from remnants of Alberto

Mario Badia and his brother Robert Badia fish on the edge of a boat dock at Holiday Park as dark rain clouds loom in the distance in Davie Florida Friday

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After moving into the Tennessee Valley, the system is forecast to head into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

RADAR CHECK: The most widespread rain is over northwest Alabama this afternoon; a flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties until 6 p.m.

Several schools were closed in western North Carolina because of flooding.

The big, messy storm caused more than 25,000 power outages in Alabama, many of which were caused by trees rooted in soggy soil falling across utility lines.

Subtropical depression Alberto is expected to make an impact on Indiana.

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The NHC warned it would still deliver heavy, potentially damaging rains of 2 to 6 inches (6 cm to 15 cm), with chances of 12 inches (30 cm) in some spots in north Florida and Alabama through Tuesday night, possibly spurring flooding.

Alberto is a still-menacing depression after its Memorial Day landfall on the Gulf Coast, scattering heavy rains around the South and raising risks of flash floods.

Brett Anderson, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist, said: "Winds will be much lighter west of Alberto's track, and drier air being pulled into the storm will keep these areas largely rain-free".

Initially expected to transition to a tropical storm or hurricane, Alberto formed as a subtropical storm over the western Caribbean on May 25 and made landfall near Panama City, Florida, on May 28 with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, KCC said. "Our beaches did good".

A year ago (2017), there were 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes; the first named storm was Arlene - a rare preseason tropical storm that arrived in April.

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Hurricane season is set to begin officially Friday.

"What Alberto has done for us is to have people dust off their hurricane plans and stock up on supplies", Whitehurst said.

They had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they covered storms in North Carolina.

The pelting rain soaked the uniform and socks of Lt. Andy Husar with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, who watched surf get kicked up along Panama City Beach on Monday.

Tennant said the roots of the large tree tore loose from ground saturated by a week's worth of rain.

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