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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, December 11, 2018





SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 11th

Macon County

Franklin and Nantahala Districts will be on a two-hour delay today with an optional teacher workday. A final decision will be made at 7 am.

Highlands School will be closed. This will be an optional workday for faculty & staff.

Jackson County

All districts are closed today with an optional teacher workday.


DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting Macon Media for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal,
view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


Winter Storm of December 8th-10th

A winter storm hit Macon County from December 8th to December 10th. While the now totals in most of the county were nothing to write home about, there was significant freezing rain and icing that brought down thousands of trees on area roadways and power lines. At the peak outage time on December 9th, there were just over 8,000 Maconians without electrical service. Power restoration to all residents is expected by sometime Thursday, December 13th.



Click the above image to see a larger version of the snowfall totals from the Winter Storm of December 8th through December 10th.

Macon Media maintained a live blog and open threads on Facebook during the storm for the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

8th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook [LINK]

9th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook [LINK]

10th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook  [LINK]



Outlook

High pressure spreads back over our region from the west and then moves off the coast on Thursday. Another significant low-pressure system will develop to our west and bring more widespread precipitation to the region by the end of the work week and into the weekend.


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 with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Black Ice is expected to form on area roadways this morning. Please use extreme caution if you need to venture out before temperatures rise above freezing. Be careful when driving on secondary and tertiary roads as there are still trees on some roads.






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 a high in the upper 40s. Calm winds rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around the lower 20s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near the mid-to-upper 40s.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the north around 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 40s.

Thursday Night

Rain before 5am, then rain and snow. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the west wind around 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the southwest wind around 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Macon County Almanac for December 11, 2018

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Snowfall 7.2 inches in Franklin in 1876



CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.


Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Published at 3:07 am on December 11, 2018



Public Safety Log for Tuesday, December 11, 2018



This is a public safety log of notable incidents in or near Macon County for the day. This list is not comprehensive and does not include medical calls that do not impact traffic or law enforcement operations where there is a tactical concern. If such operations cause a traffic hazard or there is a public safety concern, information on what locations to avoid will be posted. 

Incidents are listed in chronological order. Most of this information will have also been published on the Macon Media News, Weather, and Information Facebook Page and the WNCscan Twitter account. A number of people have indicated they have no Facebook account or have deactivated their accounts and they wish to still keep up with local public safety incidents. This is an attempt to meet that need.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting Macon Media for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal,

view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.







**2:15m** POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 2,482
North Carolina 41,196
South Carolina 19,788



DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 1,701 customers in 78 outage areas
Jackson County 1,133 customers in 54 outage areas
Swain County 3 customers in 3 outage areas
Haywood County 3,308 customers in 274 outage areas
Transylvania County 3,001 customers in 163 outage areas
Buncombe County 1,250 customers in 179 locations
Henderson County 2,186 customers in 147 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 35,000
South Carolina 17,700
TOTAL 52,700



Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 4,052

Macon County 781 (33.85%)
Jackson County 718 (34.08%)
Haywood County 1,175 (8.88%)
Transylvania County 705 (10.44%)
Buncombe County 455 (18.69%)





Possible Structure Fire on Martha Lane

**1:13 am**

There is a possible structure fire on Martha Lane, a residence is full of smoke.

Macon County EMS and Franklin FireDepartment are responding. Clarks Chapel and Cullasaja Fire Departments are responding to assist.

Please reroute around the area for the next couple of hours.

**1:18am** Command reports no smoke showing from the exterior, has requesting firefighters stage on Phillips Street. (later amended to Franklin High School Property)

**1:22am** Firefighters report smoke inside the residence, attempting to locate the source.

**1:39am** Command has found the source of the problem and has canceled mutual aid and EMS with an appreciation for their response to this call.

**2:24am** Operations Command has been terminated at this location. Units returning to service.

**4:00am** Engine 11 s still on scene, awaiting a Duke Energy Crew. They've not returned calls from the Macon EOC.













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Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Initially published at 1:38  am on December 11, 2018 

Numerous edits are expected during the day.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, December 10, 2018




SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


There is no school in all districts in Macon and Jackson Counties today. It is an option teacher workday.

An open thread for today to pass along public safety information has been established on Facebook and on the blog.

Facebook [LINK]
Blog [LINK]

Outlook

Precipitation is expected to finally end tonight as the atmosphere finally dries out. Cool high pressure will overspread the region on Tuesday and linger into Thursday before another low-pressure system develops to our west and brings more widespread precipitation to the region by the end of the week.


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 with your next project.



Weather Hazards

A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until noon today. Rain, Freezing Rain, Sleet, and Snow are expected today. Be safe and stay off the roads.





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 chance of snow before 10am, then a chance of rain and snow between 10am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Patchy fog possible for most of the day, especially in the morning and late afternoon hours. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch expected.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Patchy fog before 8pm. Patchy freezing fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a near the low-to-mid 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 45. Calm winds becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low near the lower 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Snow likely before 10am, then a chance of rain and snow between 10am and noon, then a chance of rain after noon. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of rain before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow between 8pm and 11pm. Patchy fog before 9pm. Patchy freezing fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Snow likely before noon, then a chance of rain. Patchy fog before 8am. Patchy freezing fog between 8am and 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of snow before 3pm, then a chance of rain. Patchy fog before noon, then patchy fog after 3pm. Patchy freezing fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph decreasing to around 5 mph around noon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 7pm. Patchy freezing fog before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Macon County Almanac for December 10, 2018

Highest Temperature 68°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 3.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Snowfall 6.8 inches in Highlands in 1903



CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.


Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Published at 2:10 am on December 10, 2018



Winter Storm Live Blog for December 10, 2018
The Recovery

Image Courtesy Carrion Tree Service
Image Courtesy Carrion Tree Service


Carolina Crusher
OPEN THREAD #3
December 10, 2018
1:00 am

Here is an open thread for members of the community to share conditions they observe and to ask about road conditions between where they are and where they want to be. Please be kind to one another and help each other out if you can.


Previous Live Blogs


December 8th Live Blog [LINK]

December 9th Live Blog [LINK


If you have taken photos and video of the storm and its aftermath (whether beautiful scenery or downed trees), please feel free to share that in the comments, too.

Macon Media will also use it to post updates about road, weather and public safety concerns.

This coverage wouldn't be possible without the support of sponsors who help keep Macon Media in existence.
***/***/***
DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting Macon Media for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 


Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.



They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.
***/***/***

WEATHER SPONSOR

Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.
***/***/***

A mirror of this live blog (with community participation) is on the Macon MEdia News, Weather and Information Facebook Page.
 [LINK] 





For those who missed the daily briefing for today, you can check it out after 3 am this morning. [LINK]

SAFETY TIPS AND HELPFUL NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Remember to NEVER touch downed power lines.

Here is a Reminder of Helpful Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency reports: 369-9116
Highway Patrol Dispatch: 1-800-445-1772
Franklin Police: 524-2864
Highlands Police: 526-9431
Animal Control: 349-2106
Sheriff's Office: 349-2104

HOW TO REPORT AN ELECTRICAL OUTAGE

Duke Energy

Call 800.769.3766 or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466).

If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard, call Duke Energy at 800.Power.On (800.769.3766) or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466) or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.

Haywood EMC

To report or inquire about power outages, call 1-800-951-6088

#FranklinNC #WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconTraffic


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NEWER INFORMATION IS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND OLDER INFORMATION IS AT THE BOTTOM
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...LIVE BLOG BEGINS HERE...

**1:36pm** No school in Jackson County tomorrow https://www.facebook.com/jcpsnc/posts/2256696624605499



**11:40am** POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

North Carolina 132,235
South Carolina 49,581



DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 3,179 customers in 116 outage areas
Jackson County 2,238 customers in 112 outage areas
Swain County 99 customers in 11 outage areas
Haywood County 6,944 customers in 383 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,538 customers in 173 outage areas
Buncombe County 7,124 customers in 522 locations
Henderson County 4,588 customers in 239 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 110,561
South Carolina 46,325
TOTAL 156,866



Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 7,248

Macon County 1,008 (43.69%)
Jackson County 1,207 (57.29%)
Haywood County 2,191 (16.56%)
Transylvania County 1,923 (28.47%)
Buncombe County 572 (23.5%)

**11:22am** NCDOT report some utility lines are hanging low in the area of Buck Creek Road that are preventing their trucks from safely passing. They've requested the companies come remove or fix their lines. (Phone, Power and Cable TV and what looks like a Fiber Optic Line)

**10:27am** Here is an update from the Governor of North Carolina:





**10:25am** POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

North Carolina...142,148
South Carolina.....51,791

DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 3,076 customers in 130 outage areas
Jackson County 2,506 customers in 110 outage areas
Swain County 52 customers in 10 outage areas
Haywood County 7,320 customers in 382 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,329 customers in 170 outage areas
Buncombe County 7,866 customers in 525 locations
Henderson County 4,602 customers in 245 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages
(Duke website has stopped updating, these numbers are from Emergency Management)

North Carolina 120,739
South Carolina 48,879
TOTAL 169,618

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 7,444

Macon County 1,008 (43.69%)
Jackson County 1,115 (52.92%)
Haywood County 2,421 (18.3%)
Transylvania County 1,924 (28.48%)
Buncombe County 628 (25.8%)

**2:41am** Macon County Transit will be operating on a regular schedule today. No buses on icy roads. Source: https://www.facebook.com/macontransit/posts/2413045155392225

**2:09am** SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

There is no school in all districts in Macon and Jackson Counties today. It is an option teacher workday.


**1:15am** POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

North Carolina...142,993
South Carolina.....56,325
TOTAL................199,318





DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 2,922 customers in 120 outage areas
Jackson County 2,662 customers in 106 outage areas
Swain County 49 customers in 7 outage areas
Haywood County 7,163 customers in 401 outage areas
Transylvania County 5,506 customers in 163 outage areas
Buncombe County 7,686 customers in 550 locations
Henderson County 4,482 customers in 248 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages
(Duke website has stopped updating, these numbers are from Emergency Management)

North Carolina 118,291
South Carolina 51,982
TOTAL 170,273

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 7,384

Macon County 923 (40.01%)
Jackson County 1,112 (52.83%)
Haywood County 2,248 (16.99%)
Transylvania County 2,188 (32.39%)
Buncombe County 566 (23.29%)








CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.



Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Published at 1:00 am on December 10, 2018



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 9, 2018





An open thread for the winter storm impacting our county has been established on Facebook and on the blog.

Facebook [LINK]
Blog [LINK]

Outlook

A significant low pressure system will pass just to our south later this morning and then move off the coast tonight. Precipitation is expected to finally end Monday night as profiles finally dry out. Cool high pressure will overspread the region on Tuesday and linger into Thursday, before another low pressure system develops to our west and brings more widespread precipitation to the region by the end of the week.


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 with your next project.



Weather Hazards

A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until noon Monday. Rain, Freezing Rain, Sleet and Snow are expected in that time frame. Be safe and stay off the roads.

Macon County is under a Winter Storm Warning untilo noon Monday, a copy of which follows:



Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
432 AM EST Sun Dec 9 2018

...MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE REGION INTO MONDAY...

.Cold high pressure along the East Coast is interacting with a moist low-pressure system moving from the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast coast from now into early Monday. Moderate to heavy precipitation will continue to fall as a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region, especially through this morning. While a brief lull in the precipitation is expected this afternoon into the evening, areas of light freezing rain and drizzle are expected to linger where temperatures remain locked below freezing. Snow and rain will then redevelop tonight, with additional light accumulations possible.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation. Additional snow and sleet accumulations of up to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one-quarter of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...The mountains of South Carolina and northeast Georgia and the southern and central mountains of North Carolina.

* WHEN...Until noon EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the combination of heavy wet snow and ice. Power outages may become widespread. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.



FEMA has a good guide to preparing for ice storms and tips also apply to snow storms. [LINK]

Stay tuned to local weather sources to keep up to date with changes in the forecast. Official information on weather advisories, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service is available online at is.gd/MACONWARN



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 and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain before noon, then rain and snow likely between noon and 3pm, then a chance of rain after 3pm. High near the upper 30s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no additional snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Tonight

A chance of rain before midnight, then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday

A chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

A slight chance of rain before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow between 9pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around the lower 20s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around the lower 20s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 2pm, then rain and snow likely between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of rain after 3pm. High near 356. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of rain before midnight, then snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light wind out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday

A chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

A slight chance of rain before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow between 9pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 254. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Freezing rain and sleet before 10am, then snow between 10am and 3pm, then a chance of freezing rain after 3pm. High near freezing. Winds out of the northeast 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of freezing rain before midnight, then snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday

A chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain before 10am, then a chance of snow between 10am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northeast in the evening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 40.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 3pm, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of freezing rain after 4pm. High near 32. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable by the afternoon, then picking up again in the late afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of freezing rain before midnight, then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday

A chance of snow before 11am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near the low-to-mid 40s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25.


Macon County Almanac for December 9, 2018

Highest Temperature 75°F in Highlands in 1946
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 5.07 inches in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1903



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Winter Storm Live Blog for December 9, 2018




Carolina Crusher
OPEN THREAD #2
December 9, 2018
12:40 am

Roads have become hazardous and will remain so today and tomorrow, so please stay where you are currently located.

The snow/sleet/freezing rain has started and it is a wet, sloppy mess. Power outages have started. I (Bobby) saw several blow up as I took photos and video on Main Street in the past two hours.


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Please be kind to one another.

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SAFETY TIPS AND HELPFUL NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Remember to NEVER touch downed power lines.

Here is a Reminder of Helpful Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency reports: 369-9116
Highway Patrol Dispatch: 1-800-445-1772
Franklin Police: 524-2864
Highlands Police: 526-9431
Animal Control: 349-2106
Sheriff's Office: 349-2104

HOW TO REPORT AN ELECTRICAL OUTAGE

Duke Energy

Call 800.769.3766 or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466).

If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard, call Duke Energy at 800.Power.On (800.769.3766) or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466) or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.

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**4:05pm**
Press Release from the NCDOT

Mountain Crews Clearing Major Corridors
Most roads covered with snow, some with trees

ASHEVILLE – N.C. Department of Transportation crews across western North Carolina will continue pushing snow and fallen trees from interstates and primary highways on Sunday.

Clearing interstates and primary highways will remain the top priorities from the far western edges to Surry County. All interstate routes have at least one lane — and in most cases both lanes — open for travel.

Transportation officials recommending limiting all road travel to essential trips only. The best plan is to stay in a safe location.

All major primaries are at least partially covered with snow and ice after a winter storm dumped 5-to-15 inches of snow — even more in some locations — on Saturday and through Sunday afternoon. Cherokee County is the only western county with clear roads. Even Clay, Graham and Macon counties have some primary roads covered.

The storm toppled a total estimate of more than 1,000 trees in several mountain counties including Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Polk and Rutherford counties. An estimated 500 trees cover the shoulder of U.S. 74 in Polk County and some were blocking the travel lanes of I-26 Sunday morning.

The teams in 25 western counties, which are comprised of 463 employees, already combined to spread 4,800 tons of salt and 1,200 tons of a salt-and-sand mixture before sunrise on Sunday. Those crews will continue working around-the-clock in western North Carolina until all roads are clear.

**1:38pm** The number of outages in Macon County is starting to come down.

**1:14pm** Jackson Co. Schools - All Districts: CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAY

**12:50pm**
PRESS RELEASE FROM MACON COUNTY

Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 9, 2018
Macon County Emergency Services
Warren Cabe, Director
104 East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Moderate to heavy amounts of snow have affected travel across Macon County. Many roads are still snow and ice covered and fallen or leaning trees have also narrowed travel lanes in many places.


Residents should use extreme caution on area roadways today and tonight. Crews are working to clear roadways and restore utility services. Local emergency response crews have increased staffing to meet service demands. In conjunction with a State of Emergency issued by the Governor of North Carolina, Macon County has issued its own State of Emergency.

Residents are urged to monitor local media outlets for weather updates. Emergency notifications and weather updates are also available by going to the Macon County webpage at www.maconnc.org, clicking the “For Residents” link and signing up for CodeRed, which is the emergency alert notification system utilized in our area. Disaster shelter management teams are on standby. For severe weather preparedness tips please visit www.readync.org. Contact 9-1-1 for emergencies. Contact your local utility to report outages. Do not contact 9-1-1 for road conditions.



**12:31pm** Macon County EMS and Otto Fire Department are responding to an accident, rollover, car over an embankment near South Skeenah Road and Meadow Creek Road. No injuries.

**12:21pm** The NCDOT have opened NC-106 back up for traffic.

**12:20pm** POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

North Carolina...204,036
South Carolina....93,827
TOTAL NC-SC.....297,863




DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
(website has not updated in the last hour)

Macon County 6,970 customers in 154 outage areas
Jackson County 5,210 customers in 110 outage areas
Swain County 161 customers in 10 outage areas
Haywood County 8,323 customers in 267 outage areas
Transylvania County 7,763 customers in 114 outage areas
Buncombe County 19,706 customers in 514 locations
Henderson County 9,528 customers in 218 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages
(Duke website has stopped updating, these numbers are from Emergency Management)

North Carolina 167,837
South Carolina 78,948
TOTAL 246,785

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 10,151

Macon County 620 (26.87%)
Jackson County 1,250 (59.38%)
Haywood County 3,331 (25.17%)
Transylvania County 2,256 (33.4%)
Buncombe County 2,391 (98.4%)

**11:43am** NCDOT in Nantahala are starting to work the side roads in that community. After they finish, they will come and help with the rest of the county.

**11:10am** OUTAGE REPORT



North Carolina 183,132
South Carolina 85,490

DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 6,970 customers in 154 outage areas
Jackson County 5,210 customers in 110 outage areas
Swain County 161 customers in 10 outage areas
Haywood County 8,323 customers in 267 outage areas
Transylvania County 7,763 customers in 114 outage areas
Buncombe County 19,706 customers in 514 locations
Henderson County 9,528 customers in 218 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 124,775
South Carolina 61,592
TOTAL 186,367

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 11,603

Macon County 616 (26.7%)
Jackson County 1,371 (65.13%)
Haywood County 4,628 (34.98%)
Transylvania County 2,293 (33.95%)
Buncombe County 2,391 (98.4%)

**11:01am** Live update from the Governor https://www.facebook.com/News13/videos/2099160240167868/?notif_id=1544369064907817&notif_t=live_video_explicit



**10:30am** Highlands Fire Department is enroute to 205 Main Street (Park on Main) for an elevator rescue.

**10:14am** Cullasaja Firefighters report they and NCDOT have reopened Buck Creek Road,

**9:35am** Police report multiple trees down on Lake Emory.

**8:36am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 6,640 customers in 144 outage areas
Jackson County 4,754 customers in 96 outage areas
Swain County 159 customers in 8 outage areas
Haywood County 7,957 customers in 259 outage areas
Transylvania County 7,736 customers in 108 outage areas
Buncombe County 19,202 customers in 492 locations
Henderson County 9,423 customers in 209 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 115,657
South Carolina 56,811
TOTAL 172,468

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 13,252

Macon County 570 (24.71%)
Jackson County 2,019 (95.91%)
Haywood County 5,326 (40.25%)
Transylvania County 2,698 (39.94%)
Buncombe County 2,393 (98.48%)




**8:30am** A NCSHP Trooper advises there is a very large tree across Wayah Road in the 4900 block that the crews in front of him report they cannot remove without additional equipment. If he works those accidents in Nantahala today, he'll have to try to go through Swain COunty to get there.


**8:17am** This is the audio of the trooper reporting Wayah Road being blocked



**8:02am** I did not misunderstand



**7:56am** Officers in the G-Troop NCSHP Division have responded to just over 70 incidents today.

**7:49am** According to what the troopers are saying, their dispatch misunderstood what was going on. The car was stuck, not wrecked.

**7:44am** I may have misunderstood. The trooper is talking on the radio about following a puckup up Wayah Road as he cuts trees out of the road.

**7:40am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 6,320 customers in 148 outage areas
Jackson County 4,240 customers in 86 outage areas
Swain County 21 customers in 15 outage areas
Haywood County 7,647 customers in 236 outage areas
Transylvania County 7,156 customers in 104 outage areas
Buncombe County 18,694 customers in 461 locations
Henderson County 8,413 customers in 191 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 90,103
South Carolina 58,963
TOTAL 149,066

Haywood EMC Outages
TOTAL 13,082

Macon County 518 (22.45%)
Jackson County 2,019 (95.91%)
Haywood County 5,311 (40.14%)
Transylvania County 2,596 (38.43%)
Buncombe County 2,393 (98.48%)




**7:32am** Firefighters report the going is tough getting to the trooper. Trees are down on the roads and the road is very slick.

**7:30am** The MCSO has been sent to check on an elderly couple in involved in an accident in the Ledford Stretch section of the Georgia Road (US-441).

**7:18am** Macon County EMS, Squad 4, ans West Macon Fire Department are responding to an accident at 1136 Wayah Road. A trooper has hit a power pole and lines are down on the car.

**6:29am** Cullasaja Fire Department has been dispatched to the Buck Creek call because the Satolah Repeater is down and the EOC cannot make contact with the Highlands Fire Department.

**6:20am** Highlands Fire Department is responding to a report of a large fire of unknown type near 4800 Buck Creek Road.

**6:18am** Nantahala Fire Department is responding to a report of two cars over an embankment near 2100 Wayah Road (near Cherokee Cabins). No injuries.

**6:08am** WLOS-TV is streaming their morning newscast on Facebook for those without power https://www.facebook.com/News13/videos/1206909922799809/




**5:30am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 4,638 customers in 136 outage areas
Jackson County 3,995 customers in 78 outage areas
Swain County 13 customers in 7 outage areas
Haywood County 9,403 customers in 221 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,941 customers in 113 outage areas
Buncombe County 24,368 customers in 338 locations
Henderson County 8,058 customers in 181 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 86,110
South Carolina 32,107
TOTAL 118,217

HAYWOOD EMC OUTAGES
TOTAL 11,264

Macon County 302 (13.09%)
Jackson County 1,274 (60.52%)
Haywood County 5,236 (39.57%)
Transylvania County 1,425 (21.1%)
Buncombe County 2,391 (98.4%)

**5:17am** The daily weather briefing has been posted. [LINK]


**4:20am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 2,968 customers in 114 outage areas
Jackson County 1,210 customers in 58 outage areas
Swain County 10 customers in 4 outage areas
Haywood County 9,054 customers in 213 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,837 customers in 104 outage areas
Buncombe County 23,909 customers in 338 locations
Henderson County 7,967 customers in 160 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 69,391
South Carolina 23,601
TOTAL 92,992

**4:10am** Haywood EMC Outages (8931 total)

Macon County 193 (8.37%)
Jackson County 422 (20.05%)
Haywood County 4,266 (32.24%)
Transylvania County 1,425 (21.1%)
Buncombe County 2,388 (98.27%)



**4:01am** The MCSO reports the NCDOT has cleared Sanderstown Road of the large tree that was blocking it.

**4:00am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 1,988 customers in 115 outage areas
Jackson County 1,207 customers in 55 outage areas
Swain County 10 customers in 4 outage areas
Haywood County 8,969 customers in 208 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,725 customers in 104 outage areas
Buncombe County 24,034 customers in 330 locations
Henderson County 7,947 customers in 154 locations

Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 64,377
South Carolina 23,099
TOTAL 87,467



**3:48am** Mountain Valley Command has requested the EOC page them out again, this time on the Dills Knob Repeater.

**3:45am** Duke Energy Carolinas Outages

North Carolina 49,173
South Carolina 14,064
TOTAL 63,237

**3:41am** It sounds like the repeater on the Franklin Police frequency is working again.

**3:40am** Mountain Valley Fire Department is responding to assist EMS gain access to a fall injury in a residence on Lyle Knob Road.

**3:37am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Macon County 1,657 customers in 101 outage areas
Jackson County 1,180 customers in 53 outage areas
Swain County 6 customers in 4 outage areas
Haywood County 8,881 customers in 194 outage areas
Transylvania County 6,563 customers in 101 outage areas
Buncombe County 23,077 customers in 305 locations
Henderson County 6,685 customers in 151 locations



**3:22am** Here is video of an NCDOT snowplow on Main Street I recorded just after midnight. If you have a 4K monitor, watch it full screen.



**3:20am** The repeater the Franklin Police use is not working properly. Police have gone to simplex (talkaround). Their frequency is 460.225 Mhz.

**2:59am** The number of outages in Macon County has increased to 1,379 Duke Energy customers in 63 locations.

**2:58am** Police, Fire and Sheriff's Officers are reporting multiple transformers going up across the county. Also, numerous trees across the roads.

**2:55am** Here is a photo taken just before midnight.



**2:50am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
(Duke Energy has said they will not respond to outages until after the storm is mostly over)


Macon County 962 customers in 51 outage areas
Jackson County 1,161 customers in 50 outage areas
Swain County 5 customers in 3 outage areas
Haywood County 8,854 customers in 183 outage areas
Transylvania County 5,919 customers in 94 outage areas
Duke Energy has 63,237 customers out in NC

**2:46am** Franklin Police report seeing multiple transformers go up south of town.

**2:43am** The fire chief has arrived, reports nothing showing from the structure. Will be investigating.

**2:40am** A deputy has arrived and reports the fire is not in the residence, it is a tree on fire behind the house. Mutual aid response has been put on hold until it can be confirmed.

**2:52am** Franklin Fire Department is responding to a possible structure fire between 200 and 300 Rabbit Creek Road. Mountain Valley and Cullasaja Fire Departments are responding to assist.

**2:16am** Burningtown Fire Department is investigating a limb and power line on a house on McConnell Circle to determine safety.

**1:37am** Cowee Firefighters report multiple trees in the roads. They are cutting the ones they can out of the roadways and leaving the bigger ones to the NCDOT.

**12:45am** Cowee Firefighters report they are removing a tree from the roadway at 1245 Snow Hill Road.

**1:26am** BUrningtown reports a Duke Energy crew has arrived at the Arvil Guyer outage location. Command has requested the NCDOT send a backhoe due to the large size of the tree in the road.

**1:24am** The number of Duke Energy customers w/o service has now risen to 623 in 21 locations. 3 Haywood EMC customers are w/o service. The number out in NOrth Carolina has risen to 34,071..

**1:17am** Cowee Firefighters report the tree on fire poses no danger of spreading or to cattle.

**1:16am** Note from Duke Energy about their delayed response to outages:
During severe storms the map's Estimated Restoration Times will be delayed until we can properly asses the cause of the outage.


1--"Awaiting Storm Impact" indicates that inclement conditions have not yet subsided in the area.
2--"Assessing Damage" indicates that the storm has passed and technicians have begun work - identifying areas of damage and planning for repairs.

**1:03am** BUrningtown Firefighters are reporting multiple trees and powerlines down and the Macon EOC is passing the information along to Duke Energy.

**1:00am** Cowee FIre Department is responding to a report of a tree on fire near 900 Mica City Road.

**12:57am** DUKE ENERGY POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
(Duke Energy has said they will not respond to outages until after the storm is mostly over)


Macon County 504 customers in 9 outage areas
Jackson County 798 customers in 26 outage areas
Swain County2 customers in 2 outage areas
Haywood County 6,849 customers in 132 outage areas
Transylvania County 8,568 customers in 45 outage areas




**12:52am** Franklin Police are responding to a report of a tree blocking the road at the Slagle Memorial Building.


**12:47am** Franklin Fire Department has responded to a report of a gas leak on Harrison Avenue. They've canceled further response and are standing by for a technician to arrive.













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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Winter Storm Live Blog for December 8, 2018



This thread is mainly provided to serve as a backup in case Facedbook goes down and to archive a record of events that take place during this storm.

Up to date information will be posted primarily on Facebook [LINK] and this article will be updated as time allows.



Carolina Crusher
OPEN THREAD #1
December 8, 2018
10:00 am

Roads may become hazardous today and tonight, so please choose where you want to be for this thing and get there before around noonish or so. Roads may be okay for most of the day, but you should err on the side of caution.

Feel free to share your observations in the comments below and ask about conditions, someone may know.

Please be kind to one another.

For those who missed the daily briefing for today, you can check it out at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/12/wx20181208.html for more details.

SAFETY TIPS AND HELPFUL NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Remember to NEVER touch downed power lines.

Here is a Reminder of Helpful Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency reports: 369-9116
Highway Patrol Dispatch: 1-800-445-1772
Franklin Police: 524-2864
Highlands Police: 526-9431
Animal Control: 349-2106
Sheriff's Office: 349-2104

HOW TO REPORT AN ELECTRICAL OUTAGE

Duke Energy

Call 800.769.3766 or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466).

If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard, call Duke Energy at 800.Power.On (800.769.3766) or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466) or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.

Haywood EMC

To report or inquire about power outages, call 1-800-951-6088

Here is a weather radar widget to help you monitor conditions and forecasts. Click on the map to get information about specific locations.



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STORM COVERAGE BEGINS HERE IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (NEWEST ON TOP)
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**5:30pm** A look at the Town of Highlands webcam. [LINK]




**5:25pm** Macon County EMS and Highlands Fire Department are responding to a report of an accident with injuries at 636 Franklin Road near August Produce. 

**5:22pm** Local Storm Report

Time: 2018-12-08T21:45:00Z UTC
Event: 1.0 SNOW
Source: TRAINED SPOTTER
LOcation: Lakemont, GA

Remark: 2200 FEET ELEVATION

**5:18pm** Scaly Mountain has been dispatched to a report of an accident on Dillard Road .just south of the Osage Overlook.

**5:13pm** Scaly Mountain Fire Department is responding to a report of a stranded motorist, possibly stuck near Dillard Road Road and King Gap Road. Firefighters advised to use caution, the road is very slick.

**4:16pm** Cowee Firefighters are clearing a tree that has fallen onto Mason Branch Road.

**3:33pm** NCDOT is enroute to Horse Cove Rod to apply material to the road surface at the request of Highlands truck #1256

**2:53pm** The Highlands Fire chief has requested members to start putting chains on the trucks.

**1:43pm** Engine 11 has arrived at the fire, reports the fire is out. One patient is on the ground with burns. Response of fire units has been cut to routine traffic

**1:40pm** Macon EOC advises the closest water (Mtn Springs Road Fire) point is a hydrant in front of Watauga Creek at US-441 and Setser Branch Road. Command has assigned Otto the water point.


Please be on the lookout for firefighters on the side of the road in that area.

**1:36pm** There is a report of a working structure fire (motorhome), including an explosion and injury on Mountain Springs Road.

Clarks Chapel Fire Department and Macon County EMS are responding with Squad 4, Franklin and Otto Fire Departments providing mutual aid assistance.

**1:30pm** This is a blog-only feature for those of you following the live blog.

Webcam Crawl

Here are some area webcams to monitor the progress of the snow during the next couple of days.

Macon County

Franklin

--DNET and SiteDart Hosting Webcams [LINK]
(Macon County Courthouse, Franklin Plaza looking east, Clarks Chapel looking northwest, and Flowers Gap looking southwest)

Highlands

--Town of Highlands [LINK]
(Main Street and Big Bear Pen Mountain looking toward Whiteside Mountain)

Jackson County

Sylva

--The Sylva Heral [LINK]
(Main Street looking toward the Old Courthouse)

Webster

--Southwestern Community College [LINK]
(Campus Quad and Myers Auditorium. The Campus Drive Camera is down)

Cullowhee

--Western Carolina University [LINK]
(Universirty Center Lawn looking toward the tower)

Balsam Gap

--Blue Ridge Parkway [LINK]
(looking toward US-74. This camera has a cool timelapse feature)

Swain County

--Bryson City [LINK]
(two cameras that move on their own. Great resolution)

--Nantahala Outdoor Center [LINK]
(a view of the Nantahala River)

Haywood County

--Pisgah Inn [LINK]
(a scenic view from the Pisgah Inn)




**1:00pm** Traffic Apps are starting to show traffic is slowing on the Highlands Road in the Cullasaja Gorge. It is possible that it is now snowing and may be impacting traffic along that stretch of road. If you're planning on traveling that road in the next few hours, please exercise extreme caution. (Red, Orange and Yellow indicate slower than normal traffic)



**12:48[pm** Scaly Mountain Fire chief has requested firefighters to come put chains on their fire trucks.

**12:16pm** Macon County EMS (Highlands Base) and Scaly Mountain Fire Department arer esponding to a fall injury on Westside Duck Mountain Road. An ambulance from the Franklin EMS Base is being shifted to cover calls in the Highlands District.

**12:06pm** Governor Roy Cooper speaks about the coming storm.



**11:43am** Franklin Fire Department and Macon County EMS are responding to a medical call off Harrison Avenue.

**11:08am** RADAR showing the progress of the storm.



**10:38am** The response of Otto Firefighters not already on the scene (Structure Fire off Carolina Street in Dillard) has been canceled.

**10:36am** Radar Loop from Weather Underground of the last several hours.



**10:23am** Mutual aid and EMS for this incident (Cotton Road Fire) has been canceled.

**10:17am** Response of mutual aid departments (Cotton Road Fire) has been cut to routine traffic

**10:10am** Franklin FIre Department is responding to a possible electrical fire in a resident on Cotton Road (off Lyle Knob Road).
Mountain Valley and Cowee Fire Departments are providing mutual aid response.



**10:04am** Otto Fire Department has been dispatched to provide mutual aid assistance to Station #5 in Rabun County to a working structure fire off Carolina Street in Dillard, Georgia.



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Published at 10:00 am on December 8, 2018