June 12, 2018 · Subtropical Storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto reached the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day. From there, the storm moved inland and traveled north. Heavy rainfall blanketed the immediate and surrounding areas as the storm rolled on. Mike McCormick, a news reporter, and Aaron Smeltzer, a photojournalist, provided coverage on Alberto throughout the day. Unfortunately, both men died while driving in the storm.


A Tragedy Unfolds During The Storm


As McCormick and Smeltzer covered Alberto, rain and wind forced a tree down in front of them. The tree fell on top of their vehicle, crushing both men and trapping them inside the vehicle. First responders attempted to free the men from the wreckage, but they both passed away from their injuries. At the time, both men were providing coverage for WYFF, the NBC affiliate of South Carolina.


Two Men Popular In The Area For Their Work


McCormick, a popular anchor, worked at WYFF for more than 10 years. Meanwhile, Smeltzer began work with the station in February. He spent seven years in the area as a photojournalist, though. WYFF released a statement on the tragedy and spoke about their professionalism. Also, North Carolina’s governor even mentioned the two men while he warned residents about the dangers posed by the storm.


Subtropical Storm Alberto Drenches The South


Subtropical Storm Alberto continued to bring heavy rain and wind onto the Southern United States. The storm triggered mudslides and power outages without additional loss of life. As the hurricane season continues on, further storms may develop and hit the region harder than Alberto. McCormick and Smeltzer will be missed by their communities, and they perished providing a valuable service to those in their community. Hurricane season is only beginning, and the hope is that deadly hurricanes will be far and few between.

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