PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities so far haven’t attributed any deaths or injuries directly to Subtropical Storm Alberto. But in North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist have died when a tree fell on their vehicle as they reported on severe weather on the fringes of the huge system.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a large tree toppled Monday on the TV news vehicle near Tryon, North Carolina. Station WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, says one of its news anchors, Mike McCormick, and photojournalist, Aaron Smeltzer, were killed.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Severe Weather Threat Fizzles, But More Heavy Rainfall Coming Overnight
McCormick and Smeltzer had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they reported on fringe storms in North Carolina, hundreds of miles from the center of Alberto. Tennant says minutes later he got a call “and it was them.”READ MORE: What Is The Key To A Long Life?
Tennant didn’t directly blame Alberto for the deaths, noting the tree became loose in ground already saturated by a week rain.MORE NEWS: Bus Driver Shortage Has Some Twin Cities Families Turning To Rideshare Apps To Get Kids To School
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