North Carolina – North Carolina’s governor has urged his state’s residents to exercise caution as rains from a subtropical depression spread into his and other Southern states, noting the deaths of two broadcast journalists killed by a falling tree as they reported on the severe weather associated with Alberto.
The two journalists a news anchor and a photojournalist colleague were killed on Monday in North Carolina, as they were covering the very fringes of the large system, as core of the storm made landfall hundreds of miles (kilometers) away on the northern Gulf Coast.
According to authorities, a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked soil and fall on the news team’s SUV, killing the two instantly.
Cooper said in a statement, “Two journalists working to keep the public informed about this storm have tragically lost their lives, and we mourn with their families, friends and colleagues,”
“North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously. I urge everyone to keep a close eye on forecasts, warnings and road conditions, especially in western North Carolina where even heavier rain is predicted.”
Anchor Carol Goldsmith a colleague of the two said, “Mike and Aaron were beloved members of our team – our family,”
North Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Murico Stephens said the WYFF -TV crew were driving on US Highway 176 near Tryon, when the large tree fell on their vehicle.
Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant.
The irony is that they told Tennant to be careful with Alberto’s remnants expected to bring more heavy rains and mudslides to North Carolina. Tennnant told them to be careful too.
With his voice cracking Tennant said, “Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them.”
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