Flash Flood Watch continues amid days of rain

30 May, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A cyclist tries to stay dry along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach Florida

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

The National Hurricane Center said Alberto was forecast to work its way north-northwest through Alabama and into Tennessee and Kentucky before going north through IN, brushing Chicago and heading northeast into MI on Thursday and then Canada with whatever strength it has left.

State-owned TV showed authorities using barriers Tuesday to try to contain the spill from the Cienfuegos refinery in central Cuba about 150 miles southeast of Havana.

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Two television journalists covering the worsening weather in North Carolina were killed on Monday by a falling tree that struck their vehicle. The focus of the heavy rain and gusty winds has primarily been near and west of I-65.

With heavily saturated ground and another one to three inches of rain expected Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes counties through Wednesday morning and for Avery and Caldwell counties until Thursday morning. A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for the northwestern part of the state because of the storm.

Since May 15, the Triad has received about 3 inches of rain as recorded at Piedmont Triad International Airport, said Phil Badgett, a weather service meteorologist in Raleigh.

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

Karen Clark & Co, a risk-modeling firm, on Tuesday estimated the insured losses from Alberto at $50 million. Double-red flags along the white sandy beaches kept most people out of the rough waters, and some low-lying areas experienced minor flooding, officials said. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed.

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