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Alberto is pushing deeper inland after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, causing flash flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages through parts of the South, East and central USA, prompting officials to warn of an imminent dam failure in North Carolina.

US forecasters said rain could still cause risky flash floods in the coming days in northern Alabama and large areas of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

From early afternoon Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service instruments at Raleigh-Durham International Airport had recorded 0.86 inches of rain.

Areas west and east of the flash flood watch will also see likely some showers and thunderstorms today - and a locally flooding downpour isn't entirely out of the question in those areas, either.

Alabama Power Co. said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday, most in the Birmingham area. "North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously", Cooper said in a news release.

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As we reported on Tuesday, a local news crew - a reporter and photographer - were killed in North Carolina while covering the storm when a tree fell on their vehicle.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said computer models were "in a relatively good agreement" that the weather will dry out a bit overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, but then rains return. It could deliver up to 6 inches of rain in some areas as it moves toward lower MI by Wednesday evening, officials said.

"Don't attempt to travel, unless fleeing from an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order", said a tweet from the NWS Wednesday morning.

Hermond was swept up as he tried to help a shop owner who had escaped flood waters with her cat, police said. "The surge was not that large".

Forsyth and Guilford counties are expected to get an additional 1 inch of rain over the next six days, he said. The men died instantly, their vehicle's engine still running, he said.


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