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Friday, January 17, 2020

This Week at the NCDOT for January 17, 2020






RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Port of Wilmington Named Fastest Growing Port

The Port of Wilmington has been named the fastest growing U.S. port. The port grew nearly 27% from 2017 to 2018, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies.  [PDF]

This happened in large part because of the cold storage warehousing dock and the growth in the Wilmington area’s industrial real estate market. The cold storage warehousing dock makes it easier for farmers and businesses to export and import perishable goods like pork, seafood, fruits and vegetables.

With more than 300 ports in the nation, the Port of Wilmington is now ranked the 25th largest.

Watch for Me NC Application Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing for communities interested in participating in the 2020 Watch for Me NC safety program. Applications can be submitted via the Watch for Me NC website through Jan. 31.

The program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. Selected communities will receive free law enforcement training, technical assistance and safety tools, plus materials with pedestrian and bike safety messages that can be used at public events.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at 919-707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.


***NCDOT***


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Published on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:49am.


Red Skies in the Morning: January 17, 2020 Edition



At 7:35am on Friday, January 17, 2020, it was 29 degrees Fahrenheit at Speakers Corner at the Macon County Courthouse.

If you took photos or video of the sunrise this morning, please feel free to share them in the comments. Visit the [Facebook version] of this post to see reader-submitted photos.

Published at 7:50am


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 17, 2020





Outlook

Cool and dry high pressure will spread into the area today before an approaching cold front brings some rain on Saturday. Another large high-pressure system will spread dry and significantly colder conditions over the region late Sunday and linger through the middle of 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

A light wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible as precipitation develops Saturday 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 Saturday 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

Increasing clouds, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of freezing rain before 9am, then rain or freezing rain likely between 9am and 10am, then rain after 10am. High near 48. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain between 3am and 5am, then a chance of freezing rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of freezing rain before 8am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 8am and 9am, then rain after 9am. High near 48. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight

A slight chance of sleet after 3am, mixing with freezing rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. East southeast wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Freezing rain likely before 11am, then rain or freezing rain likely between 11am and noon, then rain after noon. High near 40. Southeast wind 11 to 18 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Blustery, with a west southwest wind 18 to 20 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a northwest wind around 23 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Blustery.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of rain after 10pm, mixing with freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of freezing rain before 8am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 8am and 9am, then rain after 9am. High near 48. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Rain likely before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 11pm and 3am, then a chance of snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.


Published at 5:00am on Friday, January 17, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-17-2020



This photo was taken on November 4, 2019.





Public Safety Log for 01-17-2020



2:51am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD










Published on Friday, January 17, 2020.
Updated as needed.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 16, 2020





Outlook

A cold front will move through the region early today. Cool and dry high pressure will spread back over the area before another wet system arrives on Saturday. Cold and dry conditions are expected for the first half of next week.

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NC Utilities Commission Holds Public HEaring in Franklin

About three dozen people showed up for the public hearing held by the North Carolina Utilities Commission on a request by Duke Energy for a rate hike. Of the 11 who spoke, one was Lisa Leatherman, the district manager of Duke Energy, five were from Franklin and five were from as far west as Hayesville and as far east as Asheville and Arden. All, save the district manager, spoke against the rate increase. Macon Media, The Franklin Press (a reporter and a photographer), and WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM had reporters covering the hearing. Macon Media anticipates publishing video of the public hearing later today or tomorrow.

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



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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

Gusty northwest winds will develop across the mountains today. A few gusts above 40 mph will be possible, especially along the higher elevations.




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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

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with temperatures starting out near 50 and rising to the upper 50s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A chance of rain and snow between 1am and 3am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday

Rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 7am, then rain. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 70%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with temperatures starting out near 50 and rising to the upper 50s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A chance of rain and snow between 1am and 4am, then a chance of rain after 4am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday

Rain, mainly after 8am. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 80%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with temperatures starting out near 50 and rising to the mid-50s in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the north 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday

Partly 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.

Friday Night

A slight chance of snow and freezing rain before 2am, then a chance of snow between 2am and 5am, then a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet after 5am. Cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday

Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 10am, then rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain between 10am and 11am, then rain after 11am. Highs in the mid-40s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 80%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

A 10 percent chance of showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with temperatures starting out in the mid-to-upper 50s and decreasing to the mid-to-upper 40s by 6pm. Winds out of the north 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

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

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain showers after 1am, mixing with snow after 4am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Snow showers likely before 8am, then rain and snow showers likely between 8am and 10am, then rain showers after 10am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday Night

Rain and snow showers before 2am, then a chance of snow showers between 2am and 4am. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Published at 5:00am on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-16-2020


The new sally port [definition] behind the Macon County Courthouse. Photograph taken from the fourth floor on January 15, 2020.



Public Safety Log for 01-16-2020


2:28am Medical Call Franklin VFD/Otto VFD

3:04am Fire Franklin VFD/Franklin Police

• Fire of unknown origin a reported at the old concrete plant just north of the Georgia Road Ingles. Firefighters responded and extinguished a campfire established by homeless people.

8:04am Public Assist Franklin EMS

9:31am Structure Fire Cullasaja VFD/Franklin EMS [Facebook]

• A structure Fire reported at 77 Griffin Road. Firefighters arrived to find a single-wide trailer on fire.

9:31am Mutual Aid Clarks Chapel VFD and Franklin VFD (assist with a structure fire on Griffin Road.


Press Release from the Macon County Fire Marshal's Office:

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Macon County Fire Marshal’s Office
January 16, 2020
Jimmy Teem



Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire involving a single wide mobile home located at 87 Griffin Lane Thursday morning around 9:30 am. The fire originated in the kitchen area causing major damage to the residence. No one was home at the time of the fire. Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue was assisted by Franklin and Clarks Chapel Fire and Rescue Departments, and Macon County Fire Services. The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the resident.

10:14am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

10:18am Medical Call Highlands EMS/Highlands VFD

10:19am Medical Call Nantahala EMS

10:21am Medical Standby Franklin EMS (cover Nantahala District)

11:07am Public Assist Franklin EMS

11:15am Medical Call Highlands EMS/Highlands VFD

11:42am Public Assist Highlands EMS

11:43am Public Assist Franklin EM (to the location previously dispatched to Highlands EMS)

2:28pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

3:29pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

3:34pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Orange transport from AMC to Mission)

4:35pm Medical Call Franklin EMS

5:11pm Medical Call Highlands EMS

5:36pm Message Cowee VFD

6:37pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Cullasaja-Gorge VFD

6:50pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

8:24pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (Code Red transport from Angel ER to Mission)






Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 15, 2020





Outlook

A wet and unsettled weather pattern will continue today. Cooler and drier high pressure will spread back over the area on Thursday and Friday, with another wet system arriving on Saturday. Expect dry and much cooler weather next week.

County Commissioners Meet

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night in the county courthouse. The meeting opened in the commissioner's boardroom and then, due to the large number of people present, recessed to the large courtroom on the fourth floor. Video of the meeting will be published online in the next few days, and a summary later today. [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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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

Widespread dense fog is expected to form this morning. Motorists should turn on their headlights so other motorists can see them...and those of you out and about before sunrise should be using your headlights during this time period anyway.




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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

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 5am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Friday Night

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





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the north.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

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





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. WInds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the north.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

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





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest around 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

A chance of rain showers before 4am, then rain, possibly mixed with snow showers. Lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Published at 4:00am on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-15-2020





Public Safety Log for 01-15-2020



12:11am Medical Call Franklin EMS

1:58am Vehicle Fire Franklin VFD/MCSO

• Pickup truck fully involved in fire on Sprinkle Road. A deputy arrived and reported it was fully involved.

2:02am Medical Call Franklin EMS/ClarksChapel VFD

8:59am Medical Call Franklin EMS (nursing home)

1:13pm Power Pole on Fire Franklin VFD

• Report of a power pole on fire at the intersection of Jacobs Branch Road and Airport Road.

1:14pm Medical Call Franklin EMS (nursing home)

1:47pm Medical Call Highlands EMS

2:55pm Accident Mountain Valley VFD/Franklin EMS

• An accident with possible injury on Sylva Road (US-441) between Gold City and Coon Creek Road.

4:29pm Accident Franklin VFD/Franklin EMS

• Report of an accident near 1200 Airport Road.

4:39pm Medical Transfer Franklin EMS (code orange from AMC to Mission)

6:03pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

7:21pm Medical Call Franklin VFD


Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 14, 2020





Outlook

A wet and unsettled weather pattern continues into the middle of the week. Cooler and drier high pressure will spread back over the area for Thursday and Friday, with another wet system arriving on Saturday.

County Commissioners to Meet Tonight

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 6pm Tuesday night in the county courthouse. [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.





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

Rain will continue over the area through the middle of the week with an additional 1 to 3 inches of precipitation expected on today and Wednesday. With soils already wet and water levels on rivers and streams elevated, additional flooding will be possible.




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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

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms between noon and 1pm, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds increasing to come ou of the southwest around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Rain and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 55. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Rain and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms between 8am and 1pm, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Rain and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Breezy, with a winds ut of the southwest 15 to 20 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Windy.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight then showers likely between midnight and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest around 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


Published at 4:30am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-14-2020


Franklin Truck 1160 responding to a medical call on January 14, 2020

Public Safety Log for 01-14-2020


2:10am Medical Transport Franklin EMS


4:15am Medical Call Franklin EMS 

5:57am Accident Mountain Valley VFD/Franklin EMS

• Report of a truck in the runaway truck ramp on US-441 (Cowee Mountain). [LINK

7:36am Medical Call Highlands EMS/Scaly Mountain VFD

7:39am Medical Standby Franklin EMS (cover Highlands District)

8:27am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall injury)

10:04am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Framklin VFD

10:14am Medical Transport Franklin EMS

11:09am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Otto VFD

11:29am Medical Call Franklin VFD/West Macon VF

2:48pm Medical Call Highlands EMS/Scaly Mountain VFD (fall injury)

2:49pm Medical Standy Franklin EMS (cover Highlands District)

3:29pm Accident Nantahala VFD/Nantahala EMS

• Pedestrian hit by a vehicle mirror on Wayah Road, two miles from US-19

3:34pm Medical Transport Highlands EMS

3:53pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

4:04pm Medical Standby Franklin EMS (cover Nantahala District)

5:01pm Medical Call Franklin EMS.Clarks CHapel VFD/MCSO

6:17pm Fire Alarm West Macon VFD

8:22pm Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD (fall injury)

11:05pm Medical Call Franklin EMS






Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Monday, January 13, 2020

Mission Health implements flu restriction policy for visitors



Mission Health is limiting visits due to increased flu activity. This includes Angel Medical Center and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.



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PRESS RELEASE
MISSION HEALTH

ASHEVILLE, NC
January 13, 2020

There has been an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, the influenza-like illness activity in the state has reached more than 6 percent, and local transmission has increased.


As a result, Mission Health is implementing the Mission Health Visitor Restriction Policy, which means that only partners and immediate family members older than 12 will be allowed in patient care areas. On Dec. 16, Mission Health asked friends and family of patients to limit visitations based on recommendations from Mission Health’s infection prevention department. However, the number of reported flu cases has continued to increase statewide, triggering a threshold at which Mission Health will now restrict visitations. 


This precaution is being implemented at Mission Hospital, member hospitals and affiliates in the Western North Carolina region.  This includes CarePartners in Asheville, McDowell Hospital in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Angel Medical Center in Franklin and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands.  


Mission understands these restrictions may pose a hardship for some, but our utmost concern is for the health and safety of all our patients and our entire community, and restrictions are implemented only when absolutely necessary.
Mission Health urges community members who become ill with symptoms of the flu to contact their primary care provider, seek care at a walk-in clinic like Mission My Care Now, conduct an online visit at Missionhealth.org/virtualclinic or visit a nearby urgent care facility. It’s important to avoid the emergency department unless there are signs and symptoms of severe illness, as it can expose the patient to other illnesses and expose others to illness as well.


 Learn more about your options for care and how you can help lessen the impact of the flu on our community this season at missionhealth.org/flu.


 Visitor restrictions will remain until reported flu-like activity decreases.
Hand sanitizing stations are available at hospital entrances and throughout the buildings. People who have not yet received the influenza vaccine are urged to do so immediately and to ensure their children have been vaccinated. 


Your efforts are truly appreciated in helping keep our patients, team members and visitors safe.

ABOUT MISSION HEALTH


Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the state’s sixth largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics). Mission Health is the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 colleagues and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.



Published at 4:35pm on Monday, January 13, 2020


Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Two Fort Bragg Paratroopers Killed in Afghanistan





Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff beginning Monday, January 13, 2020, in honor of US Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin of Virginia and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon of Illinois, who lost their lives while conducting combat operations on Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. McLaughlin and Pfc. Villalon were both paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, NC.



Published at 4:05pm on Monday, January 13, 2020





Franklin Tourism Development Authority
January 2020 Meeting




The Franklin TDA will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30pm in the lower level of the town hall on Main Street in Franklin. The public agenda and the agenda packet have been added below and a video of the meeting will be added later.


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ROLL CALL
(a record of which media outlets sent representatives to the meeting. If any elected critters show up, they'll be added here as well.)

Macon Media (after a couple of years being absent)
The Franklin Press (always a regular)


Public Agenda

1. Call to Order -Chair Connie Grubermann

2. Approval of the November 12, 2019 meeting minutes

3. Financial Report for November and December 2019 -Summer Woodard

4. Sub-Committee Reports:

A. Finance/Budget Chair Report -Connie Grubermann
B. Policy and Rules of Procedure Chair Report -Cheryl Pullium
C. Application Review Chair Report -Summer Woodard

5. New Business:

A. Funding Request for Altered Frequencies Springtopia 2020 -Jimbo Ledford
B. Funding Request for franklin A.T. Celebration 2020 -Natasha Sebring
C. TDA Meeting Schedule for 2020 -Summer Woodard

6. Items from the Board

7. Announcements:

A. The next regularly scheduled TDA meeting is Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:30pm in the Town Hall Boardroom.

8. Adjourn


Agenda Packet







Published at 12:15pm on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Edited to add video and roll call at 7:24am on Wednesday, January 14, 2020.

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, January 13, 2020





Outlook

A wet and unsettled weather pattern returns for the first half of the week. Cooler and drier high pressure will spread back over the area for Thursday and Friday, with another wet system arriving on Saturday.


Outage Update

Macon County 
41 outage locations with 164 Duke Energy customers w/o service

Carolinas 
82 outage locations with 487 Duke customers out of service

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County Commissioners to Meet Tomorrow Night

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 6pm Tuesday night in the county courthouse. [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

Hazardous weather is not expected today.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with temperatures starting out in the mid-40s and climbing to the mid-60s in the afternoon. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4am. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then showers likely between 1am and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Showers. Temperatures starting off in the low-to-mid 40s and climbing to the mid-60s in the afternoon. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4am. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely between 3am and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog after 3pm. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s all day, with the highs reaching the mid-50ss. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by noon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3am. Patchy fog. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. WInds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely between 3am and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain before 8am, then showers likely, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog after 4pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with temperatures starting off in the mid-40s and rising to near 60 in the afternoon. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4am. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with lows in the mi50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Published at 4:30am on Monday, January 13, 2020