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    Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo

    Alberto Subtropical Storm Claimed Lives of Two in North Carolina

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least two people lost their lives in the United States after the raging subtropical storm Alberto has hit the country’s East Coast, media reported on Tuesday.

    The incident occurred in the state of North Carolina, after the storm broke a tree which has slammed into a car, killing the passengers, the NBC broadcaster reported.

    The victims were later confirmed to be the journalists, who were covering the severe weather conditions in the state for the broadcaster.

    “WYFF News 4 anchor Mike McCormick and WYFF News 4 photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died Monday when a tree fell on their SUV … All of us at WYFF News 4 are grieving. We are a family,” the WYFF broadcaster wrote on Twitter.

    Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and threatens to batter the Gulf of Mexico coast with heavy rains and storm surge.

    A number of US states such Alabama and Florida, declared the state of emergency over Alberto last week, while over 5,000 people were evacuated in Cuba on Monday.


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