Heavy rains hit the western part of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, causing mudslides and enforcing evacuations and road closures.
The two victims were found dead in the rubble in Boone, North Carolina, according to the Boone Fire Department. There was a landslide that caused a gas explosion that cost the house, said Shane Robbins, spokesman for the Boone Police Department.
"This storm is not over yet, I urge people to keep a close eye on forecasts and floodwatch and ask drivers to use caution, especially when traveling in our western counties," Cooper said in a statement on Wednesday.
The emergency declaration will help the state to coordinate its response and prepare for further repercussions, the statement said.
Over the last 24 hours, 4 to 7 inches of rain banged off parts of a region that had been hit by frequent rainfall for a few weeks. And in the next few days there will be a catastrophic flood when storms stop, said the governor's office
Landslides, evacuations, floods
Deadly subtropical depression Alberto, the storm system that has soaked the southeast, has caused landslides, evacuations and flash floods.
Several cities in western North Carolina reported high water levels, power outages, fallen trees, and blocked roads.
After entering the Tennessee Valley, the system is projected to the National Hurricane Center in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region. Hurricane Season Rapid Facts ”