UPDATED 11:31 AM PT – Friday, August 20, 2021
At least two people have died and 17 others reported missing after Tropical Storm Fred blew through North Carolina. Authorities announced those numbers on Friday after Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) declared a state of emergency due to the severe flooding.
The tally of missing people dropped from 20 on Thursday after several hundred were rescued from rising waters. Power was also knocked out for thousands of customers, with around 2,000 people still without power.
“So far out here, there have been about 200 water rescues,” Cooper stated. “We are so grateful for the men and women who are out there in teams, searching for people.”
The damage in the western part of our state is devastating. We’re gonna do everything we can to help them build back stronger than ever. pic.twitter.com/Jfb1YS3GMx
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) August 20, 2021
Remnants of Fred have been slated to drop around five inches of rain, with possible tornados across New England on Friday. Flash flood warnings were issued in several states including New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.