Hurricane Center says Alberto no longer storm

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MARION, N.C. (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says Alberto is no longer a subtropical storm.

Forecasters issued their final advisory on the storm Wednesday afternoon as Alberto was spinning near Chicago. The Hurricane Center says the storm will now move across the Great Lakes.

The worst effects of Alberto remained more than 500 miles away in the North Carolina mountains.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in western counties after heavy rains strained dams and caused mudslides that blocked roads.

Forecasters say isolated heavy rainstorms are possible the rest of the week and could instantly cause flooding in areas of the mountains that have had 20 inches of rain in the past 15 days.

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