20 Missing, 2 Dead in North Carolina After Tropical Storm Fred Floods Area

About 20 remain missing and two are dead Thursday after Tropical Storm Fred flooded areas of North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

The storm hit Tuesday and made roads impassible, washed out bridges and flooded homes and businesses. Another death was reported earlier in the week in Florida when a driver hydroplaned and his car flipped into a flooded ditch.

"Our search crews are actively working, searching for more victims and more survivors," said Travis Donaldson, emergency services director for Haywood County, North Carolina.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

2 Dead, 20 Missing in North Carolina
In this image provided by New Hanover County Fire Rescue, members of North Carolina’s Task Force 11, based in New Hanover County, during rescue efforts in Canton on August 17, 2021. Authorities said that dozens of water rescues were performed after the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred dumped rain on the mountains of North Carolina. New Hanover County Fire Rescue/Associated Press

Fred—now a post-tropical cyclone—was pushing through New York and New England with drenching rains, and Tropical Storm Henri was sending dangerous waves onto East Coast beaches. Forecasters said Henri will likely strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the northeastern U.S. early next week.

More than 200 people searched flooded areas along the Pigeon River. At least 10 bridges were damaged or destroyed in the Cruso community, where engineering teams worked to construct temporary bridges to allow people in and out of their homes.

Kevin Sandefur, CEO and founder of BearWaters Brewing Company in Canton, told reporters the flooding wiped out an outdoor seating section the brewery added to make customers feel safer during the pandemic.

"It was very frightening. I was more concerned for everybody's safety," he said. "My partner was the last one out of the building and barely made it out of here in his truck before they closed the bridges and the streets because it was up that high. It's very scary how quickly it came up and overwhelmed us."

An emergency shelter at a nearby high school housed 11 people Thursday.

North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper planned to join Haywood County officials Thursday afternoon to survey flood damage. Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis toured the area earlier in the day.

As of late Thursday morning, Fred was blowing through upstate New York with maximum sustained winds of about 25 mph (34 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said it was expected to produce between 1 and 3 inches of rain (2.5-7.6 centimeters) across New York and New England, with isolated spots getting more. The flood threat was expected to diminish by Friday. Its center was about 50 miles (75 kilometers) west-northwest of Albany.

Swirling in the Atlantic was Tropical Storm Henri, which is expected to become a hurricane offshore late Friday along a path that will likely take it parallel to the East Coast. Its center was forecast to approach southern New England by Monday.