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2 dead, 20 missing in Haywood County flooded by Fred

Fred has devastated some parts of North Carolina with flooding in the western part of the state.
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Flooding in North Carolina from Tropical Storm Fred

Authorities in North Carolina have found two people dead and about 20 remain missing in Haywood County in floods caused by Tropical Storm Fred. 

Now as a post-tropical cyclone, Fred is drenching New York and New England. 

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Henri is sending dangerous swells onto East Coast beaches and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches the northeastern U.S. early next week. 

More than 200 people searched flooded areas in western North Carolina along the Pigeon River.

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

The North Carolina Emergency Management deployed swift water rescue teams from across the state including from Greensboro and Winston-Salem to help with rescue efforts on Tuesday. 

Haywood, Jackson, McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey counties all declared local states of emergency.

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