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Subtropical Storm Alberto Kills Two Journalists While Sweeping The Gulf Coast

The first named storm of the 2018 season, Alberto, made its landfall on Monday, sweeping through the Gulf Coast and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

Unfortunately, it's not just buildings and trees that were affected, two people have died as a result of the severe weather.

A television anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, both of whom worked for WYFF News 4 based in Greenville, South Carolina, died after a tree fell on their vehicle while they were out covering the weather.

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According to officials, the men were driving along highway 176 in their SUV when the tree hit. The car's engine was still running when the first responders made it to the scene, around 2:30pm, but McCormick and Smeltzer were unresponsive.

According to Chief Geoffrey Tennant of the Fire Department in Tryon, N.C, McCormick interviewed just 10 minutes prior to the fatal accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Smeltzer and McCormick's families and friends.

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY AND WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT SUBTROPICAL STORM ALBERTO, CLICK HERE: Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns Deadly As It Makes Landfall

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