35 people are reported missing as a result of flooding in North Carolina caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fred. Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on August 18.
In a statement, the governor said that over the past three days, parts of western North Carolina have received about a foot of rainfall (300 mm) from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred and the rain that preceded it, leading to record flooding. More than 98 people were rescued from floods in the western counties.
"This state of emergency will allow our first responders to quickly reach the affected communities to save lives, restore power, remove rubble and deliver cargo," Governor Cooper said.