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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 22, 2020





Outlook

Slowly moderating Canadian high pressure will remain over the area through Thursday. A cold front will cross the area Friday night bringing mainly rain. Seasonal high pressure slowly builds through next week.



Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]  


Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK




THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.






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Weather Hazards

Other than temperatures being a bit chilly, no hazardous weather is anticipated. Be sure to take care and dress warmly. Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit. The Old Farmer's Almanac has a handy list of suggestions. [LINK]




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting out on the mid-teens and rising to near 50 in the afternoon. Light winds out of the east.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with low in the mid-30s. WInds out of the southeast around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Rain. Highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after midnight, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs temperatures starting out in the mid-teens and rising to near 50 in the afternoon. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Rain, mainly before 4pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning, then becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain before 2am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting out near 20 and rising to the lower 40s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the east around 6 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. WInds out of the southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Friday

Rain, mainly before 5pm. Highs near 40. WInds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain and snow before 3am, then a slight chance of snow between 3am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting out in the upper teens and rising to the mid-40s in the afternoon. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Rain. Highs in the lower 40s. WInds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 22, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-22-2020


A photo taken during the Jones Gap Fire taken on October 29, 2016.



Public Safety Log for 01-22-2020



12:10am Medical Call Franklin EMS (fall injury)

2:24am Medical Transport Franklin EMS

8:13am Medical Call Franklin EMS/CUllasaja VFD (fall injury)

8:41am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD (fall injury)

8:45am Structure Fire Franklin VFD/Franklin EMS

• Caller reports smell of electrical fire in residence on Janelle Street. Situation handled by first in units, all others canceled while enroute. [LINK]

8:45am Mutual Aid Mountain Valley VFD/Cullasaja-Gorge VFD (assist with fire on Janelle Street)

8:52am Medical Call Franklin EMS

9:13am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Cullasaja-Gorge VFD

10:15am Livestock in Road MCSO/Animal Control

• Two goats were reported on the Georgia Road (US-441) near the Welcome Center. [LINK]

11:18am Medical call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD (MVI School)

11:44am Medical Transport Franklin EMS

11:56am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

12:12pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall at Macon Co Health Center)

12:25pm Accident Franklin VFD/Franklin EMS

• Vehicle over an embankment on Sanderstown Road (near the US-441 side). Caller reports a vehicle struck a tree.

1:33pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Orange from Angel ER to Mission ER)

2:21pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (medical alarm at Franklin Health & Fitness)

2:22pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall injury)

2:41pm Accident Otto VFD/Franklin EMS

• Report of a head-on collision on Coweeta Church Road at Batemans Trailer Park. [LINK]

2:48pm Medical Call Franklin VFD

• medical call at Macon County Detention Center

2:57pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

3:47pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall injury at old Ingles)

4:17pm Medical call Franklin EMS 


4:46pm Public Assist Franklin EMS




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Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Senior Follies is Returning!



Macon County friends, we're bringing back the Senior Follies! This event is part of the Silver Arts division of the NC Senior Games, and it's been several years since the Senior Follies has been produced in our county. In partnership with the Macon County Senior Games, the Arts Council of Macon County will be producing the Senior Follies show for 2020.

Anyone age 50+ who resides in Macon County for at least 3 months a year can participate. Competing and non-competing slots will be available. The top winner of the competing artists will represent Macon County at the State Finals of the NC State Senior Games in Raleigh in September.

Performing artists may choose to compete in the following categories/disciplines: Comedy/Drama, Dance/Line Dance, Instrumental or Vocal Music. Non-competing parts will also be available for a variety of comedic acts.

This year's production will be a fast-paced variety show showcasing a mixture of skits, multimedia, music, and other talents. This will be an evening of entertainment that will leave the audience wanting more, and you'll have lots of fun being a member of the cast and stage crew.

To learn more, attend the FREE information session on Thursday afternoon, February 6, beginning at 3 PM at the Community Building. For more details e-mail Cindy Miles: peekaboomom@gmail.com.



end press release




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Published at 11:10am on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.


Daily Weather briefing for Tuesday, January 21, 2020





Outlook

Cold Canadian high pressure will bring below normal temperatures through the middle of the week. Temperatures gradually return to near normal late in the week. The next cold front crosses the area Friday night. Seasonal high pressure slowly builds in by Monday.

News Brief

• At 2:12pm Monday, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred near Fincastle, Tennessee (94.4 miles northwest of Franklin near the Tennessee-Kentucky border). Many local residents felt it and reported it via social media. A number of similar quakes have recently occurred in the region, though none were as widely felt. [Facebook] [Article]

• At 4:41 pm Monday, Macon County EMS and Otto VFD First Responders were dispatched to stage at Addington Bridge Road and South Skeenah Road until law enforcement could arrive and secure the scene of a reported gunshot wound at 1333 South Skeenah Road. A homeowner shot at a person during a breaking and entering. MAMA-2 was put on standby, then taken off standby at 4:56pm and the response of Otto VFD was discontinued at 5:01pm by a deputy with the Sheriff's Office. More will be added as details are released.



Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]  


Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK




THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.

The Weather Channel broke the server farm where the images for the forecast loop are kept, so here is a look at the current shot of cold air that has descended into the lower 48 states today. The current cold snap is expected to break up later this week.






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Weather Hazards

Other than temperatures being a bit chilly, no hazardous weather is anticipated. Be sure to take care and dress warmly. There has been at least one case of frostbite reported in Franklin overnight as someone attempted to walk along the Highlands Road to get home. More info on that situation is in the public safety log for today. [LINK]




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with temperatures starting off near 20 and reaching the upper 30s in the afternoon. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Light winds out of the east.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with temperatures starting out near 20 and rising to the mid-to-upper 30s in the afternoon. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the east around 5 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with temperatures starting off in the mid-to-upper teens and rising to near 30 in the afternoon. Winds out of the north around 6 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. WInds out of the southeast around 8 mph shifting to come out of the south by midevening.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 60%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the south around 6 mph.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.


Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 21, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-21-2020


A photo of the Jones Gap Fire taken on October 29, 2016.



Public Safety Log for 01-21-2020

1:02am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

1:08am Medical Call Franklin EMS

2:30am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

• EMS and FIre dispatched to 1866 Highlands Road to a report of a person suffering from frostbite. The person reported they had been refused a ride by law enforcement to their home multiple times.


6:13am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

11:21am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

11:53am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

1:40pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

3:17pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

4:14pm Medical Call Franklin EMS (call at the request of MCSO units on scene)

4:21pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

5:24 Message Scaly Mountain VFD

5:26pm Message West Macon VFD

5:26pm Message Mountain Valley VFD

5:27pm Message Franklin VFD/Clarks Chapel VFD



12:10am Medical Call Franklin EMS (fall injury)

2:24am Medical Transport Franklin EMS




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Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.



Monday, January 20, 2020

Minor Quake in Fincastle Felt in Franklin



There was a minor earthquake this afternoon at 2:12pm and was centered 94.4 miles northwest of Franklin. The quake occurred just outside Fincastle, TN and the epicenter was located a little over 20 miles deep in the earth. Some local residents felt the quake and took to social media with their reports.

The quake was a magnitude 3.8. If you felt it, fill out this form on the USGS website [LINK]

The map above shows the location of the quake in relation to Franklin and the chart below is a display of the helicorder located in Lake Jocassee, South Carolina.



Published at 3:45pm on Monday, January 20, 2020


Daily Weather Briefing for Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2020




Outlook

A cold front will cross the forecast area tonight, ushering in cold Canadian high pressure for most of the upcoming work week. Expect this high pressure to bring below normal temperatures to the region. The next front with low pressure will not approach the area until the end of the week.






News Brief

The news brief is too long to include in the daily weather briefing, so a separate article has been published.

New Aircraft Carrier Will be Named After Pearl Harbor Hero
[LINK]








Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]  


Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK






THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.








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Weather Hazards

A wind chill advisory has been issued effective until 10am this morning. A copy has been posted below.

Wind Chill Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1013 PM EST Sun Jan 19 2020


...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST MONDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 5 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of western North Carolina.

* WHEN...Wind chill values reaching 5 below zero through 10 AM EST Monday.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting off in the teens and rising to the mid-30s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting out in the teens and rising to the mid-30s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper teens. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40. WInds out of the north around 6 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with temperatures starting out in the teens and rising to near 30 in the afternoon. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.
Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-teens. WInds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teems. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. WInds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.


Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 20, 2020



US Navy to Name Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero

**update** Here is the video of the naming ceremony that took place in Pearl Hoarbor on January 20, 2020, for the CVN-81 USS Doris Miller.





Pictured, from left to right:

Left: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pins the Navy Cross on Doris Miller, at a ceremony on board USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, May 27, 1942.

Center: 1943 US Navy recruiting poster featuring Doris Miller

Right: Doris Miller with his Navy Cross

US Navy to Name Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero

The US Navy will name the next aircraft carrier after Doris Miller later this morning in Pearl Harbor.

The Story Behind an American Hero, Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller




PRESS RELEASE
Secretary of the Navy
January 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20.

The announcement will be made at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony, highlighting the contributions of African Americans to the greatest generation.

This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American. This will also be the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a Sailor for actions while serving in the enlisted ranks.

“In selecting this name, we honor the contributions of all our enlisted ranks, past and present, men and women, of every race, religion and background,” said Modly. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, ‘Everybody can be great - because anybody can serve’. No one understands the importance and true meaning of service than those who have volunteered to put the needs of others above themselves.”

On Dec. 7, 1941, Miller was collecting laundry on the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), when the attack from Japanese forces commenced. When the alarm for general quarters sounded he headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it. Miller was ordered to the ship’s bridge to aid the mortally wounded commanding officer, and subsequently manned a .50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Miller then helped move many other injured Sailors as the ship was ordered abandoned due to her own fires and flaming oil floating down from the destroyed Arizona (BB-33). West Virginia lost 150 of its 1,500 person crew.

Miller’s actions during the attack earned him a commendation from then Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox and the Navy Cross, which was presented to him personally by Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time.

Nimitz stated: this marks the first time in this conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race and I'm sure the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts.

“Doris Miller stood for everything that is good about our nation, and his story deserves to be remembered and repeated wherever our people continue the watch today,” said Modly.

In 1943, Miller died aboard USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56) when the ship was hit by a torpedo and sank off Butaritari Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

The future USS Doris Miller and other Ford-class carriers will be the premier forward asset for crisis response and humanitarian relief, and early decisive striking power in a major combat operations. The aircraft carrier and the carrier strike group will provide forward presence, rapid response, endurance on station, and multi-mission capability throughout its 50-year service life.

For more information about Doris Miller, visit https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/biographies-list/bios-m/miller-doris.html

For more information about aircraft carriers, visit https://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/carriers/carriers.asp

For more news from Secretary of the Navy, visit http://www.navy.mil/secnav/index.asp 


Published on Monday, January 20, 2020





Public Safety Log for 01-20-2020


A BAT mobile from Raleigh on March 4, 2016. [LINK]


Public Safety Log for 01-20-2020



5:51am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall injury at new Ingles)

8:15am Public Assist Franklin EMS

8:56am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Cullasaja VFD

11:42am Medical Transport Franklin EMS

12:02pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/West Macon VFD

1:16pm Public Assist Franklin EMS

1:22pm Medical Transport Franklin (transport to a long-term care facility in Jackson County)


2:12pm Earthquake 

• A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred near Fincastle, Tennessee near the Kentucky border (94.4 miles northwest of Franklin). Many local residents felt it and reported it via social media. [Facebook] [Article]

4:16pm Public Assist Franklin EMS

4:41pm Gunshot Wound Franklin EMS/Otto VFD/MCSO

• EMS and First Responders dispatched to stage at Addington Bridge Road and South Skeenah Road until law enforcement can clear the scene of a reported gunshot would at 1333 South Skeenah Road. A homeowner shot at a person during a breaking and entering. MAMA-2 was put on standby, then taken off standby at 4:56pm and the response of Otto VFD was discontinued at 5:01pm by MCSO unit 5750.

5:36pm Message Franklin VFD/Clarks Chapel VFD

7:23pm Medical Call Highlands EMS/Highlands EMS (fall injury)

8:20pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Burningtown-Iotla VFD






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Published on Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 19, 2020





Outlook

A cold front will cross the forecast area tonight, ushering in cold Canadian high pressure for most of the upcoming work week. Expect this high pressure to bring below normal temperatures to the region. The next front with low pressure will not approach the area until the end of the week.


Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]  


Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK



SpaceX to Test In-Flight Abort System this Morning





The test was delayed from yesterday and may take place at, or shortly after, 8am this morning.

SpaceX, a private space launch company, will be testing its in-flight abort system for its Dragon space capsule as part of the procedure to gain acceptance for the craft as approved for manned missions to space. If the test is successful, SpaceX could launch manned missions to the International Space Station as early as March. The test is expected to take place soon after 8am.

Marcus House, a citizen journalist focusing on space and technology, describes the test and why it is important for both SpaceX and NASA:




Below are some links to where you may watch the test live:

Official SpaceX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhrkdHshb3E

Everyday Astronaut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPq8vC7C4E



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



Here is a map of forecast temperatures in the same time frame.






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Weather Hazards

Freezing temperatures above 3500 feet have combined with wet roadways overnight and there could be areas of black ice through daybreak this morning. Drivers should use caution. Also, winds will become quite strong and gusty above 3500 feet with gusts around 35 mph likely. With saturated soils...these winds could topple isolated weak and dead trees and lead to widely scattered power outages.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midevening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper teens.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out ot the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midevening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper teens.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midevening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper teens.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs near 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens. WInds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near freezing

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.


Published at 4:00am on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-19-2020


Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire on March 24, 2016, in Franklin.


Public Safety Log for 01-19-2020


1:49am Public Assist Franklin EMS


4:03am Public Assist Franklin EMS

8:21am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

9:17am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

10:39am Public AssistFranklin EMS

11:34am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

12:18pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD (Lifeline)

1:34pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Yellow to Mission ER)

4:29pm Medevac MAMA-2 (Patient to Labor and Delivery at Mission)

6:12pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

7:47pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Yellow to Mission)

8:53pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

10:03pm Structure Fire Franklin VFD/Franklin EMS (Katie Lane)

10:04pm Structure Fire Clarks Chapel VFD/West Macon VFD (Mutual Aid for Franklin VFD)








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Published on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 18, 2020





Outlook

A cold front will cross Tennessee today as precipitation develops over our area ahead of the front. As the cold front moves off the Carolina coast on Sunday, very cold high pressure will drop south out of central Canada. Expect this high pressure to bring below normal temperatures through the middle of the week.

SpaceX to Test In Flight Abort System this Morning





**update** the test has been postponed until tomorrow due to weather conditions.

SpaceX, a private space launch company, will be testing its in-flight abort system for its Dragon space capsule as part of the procedure to gain acceptance for the craft as approved for manned missions to space. If the test is successful, SpaceX could launch manned missions to the International Space Station as early as March. The test is expected to take place soon after 8am.

Marcus House, a citizen journalist focusing on space and technology, describes the test and why it is important for both SpaceX and NASA:




Below are some links to where you may watch the test live:

Official SpaceX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhrkdHshb3E

Everyday Astronaut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPq8vC7C4E


Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]  


Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK




THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your next project.




Weather Hazards

A light wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible as precipitation develops this morning. Any snow or ice accumulation should be light and confined to the higher terrain, but some slick spots may develop in these areas before precipitation transitions to all rain this afternoon.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly after noon. Patchy fog is expected to develop in the early afternoon. Highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 1am. Lows around 30. WInds out of the east 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing and coming out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Rain, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog after 1pm. Highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph in the morning, then shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 1am. Lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the south before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A chance of freezing rain before 9am with a transition period and then rain after 10am. Patchy fog after 9am. Highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog is expected to develop overnight. Lows around 30. WInds out of the southwest 20 to 25 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens and wind chill values in the single digits. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph before midnight and as 35 mph after midnight.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Rain, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog is expected to develop after noon. Highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 1am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens.


Published at 5:20am on Saturday, January 18, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-18-2020


Franklin truck #1160 responding to a medical call on January 17, 2020


Public Safety Log for 01-18-2020



1:20am Public Assist Franklin EMS

1:35am Medical Call Franklin EMS


6:30am Vehicle Fire Franklin VFD/Squad 4

• a vehicle was reported on fire in the old Ingles parking lot on East Palmer Street. Firefighters arriving on the scene advised the fire was closer to the Orkin Pest Control building. [Facebook

10:47am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD

• Initial dispatch report of a person down beside the road near Tractor Supply. A Scaly Mountain Firefighter reported it as near Colonial Inn. Firefighters and the NCSHP removed the man from the roadway and response was cut to routine traffic. [Facebook]

12:01 Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Yellow transport to Mission)

12:30pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

2:20pm Contact EOC Otto VFD

• The Emergency Operations Center toned on the chief and assistant chiefs and asked them to contact the EOC. This was for a search. The subjects were eventually located above Hurricane Creek by Squad 4 at around 3:09pm and transported to Franklin Plaza, where they were reunited with their party. Squad 4 was not formally toned out to this incident.

2:48pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD (injury at Macon Middle School)

2:50pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Clarks Chapel VFD (injury at Macon Middle School) (no response to the first callout)

3:18pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

5:49pm Fire Alarm Burningtown-Iotla VFD (firefighters arrived and vented smoke from the residence)

9:36pm Fire Alarm Cowee VFD

10:07pm Accident West Macon VFD/Franklin VFD

• overturned vehicle reported two miles west of the point where the four-lane become a two-lane road on US-64.

10:34pm Medical Call Franklin EMS (laceration injury)

10:36pm Public Assist Franklin EMS

11:09pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

11:28pm Chimney Fire Highlands VFD/Highlands EMS (Rich Gap Road)


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Published on Saturday, January 18, 2020