After storm, Haywood County Emergency Services announced Thursday that two people were confirmed dead after the flooding prompted dozens of water rescues in western North Carolina. Around 20 people remained missing. “Our search crews are actively working, searching for more victims and more survivors,” Travis Donaldson, emergency services director for Haywood County, said at a news conference. Strong winds brought down trees, utility poles and power lines in northeastern Connecticut. 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. North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper surveyed flood damage Thursday afternoon, vowing afterward to help the area rebuild and noting: ““Storms are more ferocious than they were before. 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. 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. It will be a hurricane by Saturday and make a rare landfall in New York, Rhode Island or Masschusetts by Sunday.
Storm surge and hurricane watches are now being issued for portions of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts. The full moon Sunday means higher high tides. Any storm surge on top of already higher tides could trigger enhanced coastal flooding.