A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
Tens of thousands of customers were without power from Florida to North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, amid reports of downed trees and power lines.
Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of north Georgia, western South Carolina and North Carolina, and flood watches are in effect from Georgia to south-central New York.
At least two tornadoes were reported in Georgia and three in North Carolina, and several tornado warnings were issued for South Carolina.
Fred made landfall in the Florida Panhandle at Cape San Blas on Monday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday morning as it lost strength over land.
The storm is expected to move across the southern Appalachian Mountains and approach the central Appalachian Mountains by early Wednesday, the NHC said.
Fred was expected to drop up to 8 inches of rain over portions of Georgia and the southern Appalachians on Tuesday, with isolated totals of 10 inches possible.