"Given the short period of time before Alberto makes landfall, its overall ragged appearance, and proximity to dry air, little change in strength is expected before the subtropical storm reaches the coast", said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the hurricane center.
While we are not in the path of Alberto, it will draw moisture from both the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean into the northeast. If multiple heavy showers pass over any area, flooding may result.
In Polk County, North Carolina, news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, of Greenville, South Carolina-based CNN affiliate WYFF, were killed Monday when a tree fell on their SUV as they covered the hazardous weather, the station said. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record. As a result, western North Carolina will see the heaviest rains.
Some storms could be strong to severe with heavy rain leading to the potential for flooding. Its top sustained winds had dropped almost in half to about 35 miles per hour.
Middle Tennessee can expect to see 1 to 3 inches of rain through Wednesday.
"We're going to play cards and if there's a break, we'll head down to the beach", she said.
Rain chances will drop to 10% or less Tuesday and closer to 5% or less for the remainder of the week.
"Instead of the more widespread rain that we saw on Sunday, were looking more at scattered thunderstorms for today (Monday), mostly in the afternoon", he said.
A flash flood WATCH remains in place for NE GA/Upstate until 8 AM Wednesday and until 8 AM Thursday for the mountains.
Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement calling on North Carolina residents from the mountains to the coast to watch the weather and be prepared.
Deadly hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean previous year caused billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures. In some cases, rainfall could top 10 inches in pockets across the state.
Alberto also disrupted Memorial Day plans in Alabama, Florida and MS as it moved into the Southeast.
Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned.
Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast Tuesday, meteorologists said.
Mississippi, Florida and Alabama have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm's arrival. Breezy conditions are also expected.