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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 5, 2020







OUTLOOK

Expect a more typical summertime pattern of mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms through the weekend and into early next week. Temperatures will be near normal for this time of year.

News Brief

Jackson County commissioners have voted 4-1 to keep the statue in place but to remove the Confederate flag at its base and replace it with a plaque that tells Jackson County's Civil War history. [LINK]

Video of the entire meeting



Macon Media published a COVID-19 briefing that included the latest numbers from Macon County Public Health. [LINK]

General Forecast Through Friday Night


Today

Widespread dense fog is expected to form this morning. Isolated showers are possible around noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with high highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to the lower 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds this morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then isolated showers between 9pm and 3am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 70s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers between 2am and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the lower elevations. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lowd ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the higher elevations.

Hazards

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop across the region this afternoon and evening. Any of these thunderstorms may produce cloud to ground lightning, heavy downpours, and gusty winds. One or two of the thunderstorms may become severe, producing damaging wind gusts.

Air Quality



Macon County, including the ridegtops, will be a the mid-to-upper range of green today.

A lingering H5 trough in the TN valley now looks to remain through Thursday and should keep conditions unsettled with afternoon clouds/showers/storms, which will likely combine with an antecedent clean air mass to keep air quality levels in the Code Green range.



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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)









Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 5 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Isaias, which is moving rapidly north-northeastward over eastern Quebec.

1. A small low-pressure area located a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda is producing minimal shower activity. This low is forecast to drift southwestward during the next couple of days, and any development is expected to be slow to occur due to dry air and increasing upper-level winds.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.







End Daily Weather Segment








Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 126,532 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,982 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 128,161 confirmed cases from 1,854,026 targeted tests, and 1,166 hospitalized and 2,010 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 128,715 people infected and 2,061 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of yersterday afternoon and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to August 4th [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting two weekends ago since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.






460 Detected Cases (unchanged in one day)
70 Active Positive (-5 in one day)
389 Recovered (+3 in one day)
3 Death (unchanged in one day)

Testing Data for Macon County

4218 MCPH Tests (unchanged in one day)
1427 Tests by Others unchanged in one day
5645 Total Tests (unchanged in one day)
236 Tests Pending Results (-1 in one day)

And here is the weekly Demographic Update from Macon County Public Health released on Wednesday, July 29th. The next demographic update will be on Wednesday, August 6th.




Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 5:20am Wednesday, August 05, 2020








Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, August 4, 2020







Here is an update for this afternoon on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of this afternoon and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to August 4th [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting this past weekend since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.





460 Detected Cases (unchanged in one day)
70 Active Positive (-5 in one day)
389 Recovered (+3 in one day)
3 Death (unchanged in one day)

Testing Data for Macon County

4218 MCPH Tests (unchanged in one day)
1427 Tests by Others unchanged in one day
5645 Total Tests (unchanged in one day)
236 Tests Pending Results (-1 in one day)




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 125,219 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,969 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 125,532 confirmed cases from 1,837,410 targeted tests, and 1,057 hospitalized and 1,982 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 137,630 people infected and 2,043 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK] https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/37113.html




Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]




Videos
(sorry, no video segment today)





Sports, Entertainment, and Crowded Venues

The NFL will fine players up to $50,000 for breaking coronavirus rules [LINK]

Odell Beckham Jr. Said NFL Should Cancel Season: Owners 'Don't See Us as Human [LINK]

25 infected at Bible camp in Oregon. [LINK]

15 more TSA workers at Charlotte airport test positive for COVID-19 [LINK]

First cruises to set sail post COVID-19 abruptly canceled due to outbreak — More than 40 aboard the ship have been infected as cruise CEO admits failure. [LINK]

Can You Test Positive for Coronavirus and Be at Work? Sports Leagues Say Yes [LINK]

Asheville City Schools suspend summer workouts after 4 athletes test positive for COVID-19 [LINK]

1000 person house party busted in Tennessee [LINK]

Rafael Nadal won't play in US Open, cites coronavirus concerns [LINK]






Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such

Hydroxychloroquine not effective, time to 'move on:' White House coronavirus testing chief Giroir [LINK]

Disgraced Nevada researcher behind Fauci COVID-19 conspiracy theory [LINK]

Structure of the Pandemic [LINK]

Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients [LINK]

No one really knows why coronavirus thrives so well in slaughterhouses. Here are three theories [LINK]

RLF-100 (aviptadil) trial shows rapid recovery in Covid-19 patients [LINK]

Regeneron’s Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail in Primates [LINK]

Cerebral Micro-Structural Changes in COVID-19 Patients – An MRI-based 3-month Follow-up Study [LINK]

One scientist’s six-point recovery plan to tackle COVID-19 anxiety [LINK]

Ancient Part of Immune System May Underpin Severe COVID [LINK]

Magnitude and Dynamics of the T-Cell Response to SARS-CoV-2 Infection at Both Individual and Population Levels [LINK]

Acute SARS-CoV-2 infection impairs dendritic cell and T cell responses [LINK]

Serum Iron Level as a Potential Predictor of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Severity and Mortality: A Retrospective Study [LINK]

BMI is Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 Intensive Care Unit Admission in African Americans [LINK]

A cytokine super cyclone in COVID-19 patients with risk factors: the therapeutic potential of BCG immunization [LINK]

Exploring Drug Repurposing for COVID-19 Treatment [LINK]

FDA approves expanded access to Wilmington company’s experimental Covid-19 therapy [LINK]






Masks, Masks, Masks

(Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)

People perceive mask-wearers to be more trustworthy and socially desirable -- yet more likely to be ill [LINK]

Anti maskers existed during the pandemic 100 years ago - and one was shot on the street. [LINK]

Despite Mask Wars, Americans Support Aggressive Measures To Stop COVID-19, Poll Finds [LINK]

Man fires at officers with AK-47 a day after refusing to wear a mask, police say [LINK]

Don't wear a mask in Houston, receive $250 fine [LINK]

Hundreds seen at massive house party in Los Angeles, many without masks [LINK]







Back to School

Download a PDF of "LIGHTING OUR WAY FORWARD: North Carolina's Guidebook for Re-opening Schools" [LINK]

Using social contact data to predict and compare the impact of social distancing policies with implications for school re-opening [LINK]

Finding a path to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic [LINK]

ew Orleans councilman: 'I would rather have students dumb and alive than have them educated and dead' [LINK]

Teachers returned to a Georgia school district last week. 260 employees have already gone home to quarantine. [LINK]

When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well. [LINK]

Another major Mass. teachers union calls for full remote learning to start school year [LINK]

Indiana Students and Teachers no longer required to wear masks if they can maintain 3-6 feet social distance [LINK]

Arkansas teachers protest re-opening schools amid COVID-19 crisis [LINK]

San Antonio teacher writes will ahead of school year ‘in the event I pass away’ of COVID-19 [LINK]

With coronavirus cases reported at some reopened schools, protesters take to the streets with fake coffins [LINK]

AZ: “Our state is simply not ready to have all our students and educators congregate in school facilities," Kathy Hoffman wrote. [LINK]

The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools [LINK]

U.N. chief: World faces 'generational catastrophe' due to COVID-19 school closures [LINK]

Eleven southeast Kansas school leaders attended Branson retreat; six now have COVID [LINK]

Report: Massive COVID-19 outbreak hits Rutgers football team [LINK]





COVID-19 in the USA

Top Federal Reserve official says US needs another lockdown to save economy [LINK]

Drastic Decline in ER Visits Suggests Many People Avoided Critical Medical Care in March and April [LINK]

Trump on coronavirus death toll: 'It is what it is' [LINK]

Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states [LINK]

Rural America Could Be Hardest Hit by COVID-19 [LINK]

Kodak reportedly under SEC investigation over disclosure of U.S. drug producing deal [LINK]

U.S. needs to get daily cases down to 10,000 before fall, Fauci says [LINK]

Clorox won't have enough disinfecting wipes until 2021, its CEO says [LINK]

Most Americans support single, national strategy to combat COVID-19 [LINK]

Florida: 5 Who Attended Same Meeting as DeSantis Test Positive [LINK]

'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases [LINK]

Shopper who coughed on a cancer patient at Florida Pier 1 arrested on assault charge [LINK]

Homestead teen dies after being intubated in hospital with COVID-19 [LINK]

'Potential Surge' Nearly every Tennessee county has unacceptable virus transmission rate [LINK]

Teens in 3 Michigan counties hit by COVID-19 outbreak — and parties may be to blame [LINK]

auci: No one can predict how bad the pandemic will get this fall [LINK]

Tens of Thousands Positive COVID Results in Texas Not Reported, Officials Say [LINK]

‘It's Devastating': Fort Lauderdale Man Who Lost Bakery Dies Due to COVID-19 [LINK]

Critically ill COVID-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100 [LINK]

'It's just going to be like this now': These Wisconsinites survived COVID-19, but 'recovery' hasn't meant a return to normal [LINK]

‘We made a big mistake’: How California GOP consultant and his wife contracted COVID-19 [LINK]




COVID-19 Around the World


Germany debates curbing freedom of assembly after coronavirus rallies [LINK]

Berlin rally against Coronavirus rules features neo-Nazis, anti-Semitic displays [LINK]

Second COVID wave highly likely to hit France this year, scientists say [LINK]

France’s ongoing COVID-19 economic recovery [LINK]

AI helps doctors fight COVID-19 in Brazil [LINK]

Ecuador is close to overtaking China in coronavirus cases [LINK]

Mayor of Itajaí - SC, Brazil, suggests treating Covid-19 infections by rectal administration of ozone [PORTUGESE]

Pandemic pushes Mexico's 'lucha libre' wrestlers outdoors and online [LINK]

Colombia businesses struggle amid rising coronavirus infections [LINK]

One person is dying of COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran: state TV [LINK]

Coronavirus: Data leak reveals true death toll in Iran three times official figures, says report [LINK]




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Published at 6:00pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020














News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 4, 2020







OUTLOOK

Now that Tropical Cyclone Isaias is moving away from our area, a more typical summertime pattern of afternoon and evening thunderstorms can be expected to return today, persisting for the remainder of the week.

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Local News Brief


Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak in staff and residents at Drake Cottage, a congregate living facility. Four individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.  [LINK


The 2020 Edition of Pumpkinfest has been canceled. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met last night. [LINK]

Macon County Board of Education approves Plan B for upcoming school year [LINK]


General Forecast Through Wednesday Night


Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations the lower 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then isolated showers before midnight. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. A few locations in the higher elevations may drop into the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Patchy fog in the morning. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, the increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 80s in the lower elevations. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today in Macon County.





Macon County, including the ridegtops, will be a the mid-to-upper range of green today.



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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)









Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 4 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Isaias, located inland over southeastern North Carolina.

1. Showers and thunderstorms have mostly dissipated near a trough of low pressure located several hundred miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Although a weak area of low pressure is expected to form over the next day or so, abundant dry air surrounding the system is likely to limit significant development. This system is forecast to move northwestward at about 10 mph over the southwestern Atlantic today, stall several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda tonight, and then drift southwestward on Thursday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

Tropical Storm Isaias



Hurricane Isaias Discussion Number 28
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020
1100 PM EDT Mon Aug 03 2020

NWS Doppler radar data and reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Isaias re-intensified to a hurricane despite a less than impressive appearance in satellite imagery. The aircraft reported 117 kt winds at 700 mb to the east of the center, but these were not mixed to the surface by the weak convection in that area, as the maximum SFMR winds were 75 kt. Based on these data, the initial intensity is raised to 75 kt.

The hurricane is moving 020/19, and a faster forward speed is expected as the system moves farther into the mid-latitude southwesterly flow. This should bring the center onshore in southern North Carolina shortly, followed by a track through the mid-Atlantic and western New England states Tuesday and Tuesday night and into southeastern Canada early Wednesday.

Interaction with a strong jet stream suggests that Isaias should weaken more slowly than normal as it moves through the eastern United States, and this should produce very strong wind gusts along the mid-Atlantic coast tomorrow. As a result, the gust factors at 24-48 h have been increased above the standard 20 percent in the Forecast/Advisory (TCMAT4). The cyclone is forecast to be absorbed by a larger extratropical low over Canada in about 72 h.

Key Messages:

1. There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along portions of the immediate coastline and adjacent waterways of northeastern South Carolina and the North Carolina coast, including portions of Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local emergency officials.

2. Hurricane conditions are spreading into the southern portion of the hurricane Warning area and should spread northward through tonight and early tomorrow morning.

3. Isaias is expected to bring widespread sustained tropical storm force winds and wind gusts to hurricane force to the mid-Atlantic coast, including portions of the Chesapeake Bay region, later tonight and on Tuesday, which could cause tree damage and power outages. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread across New England late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

4. Heavy rainfall along the East Coast near the path of Isaias will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and northeast through Wednesday. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. Quick-responding rivers in the northeast will also be susceptible to minor river flooding.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 04/0300Z 33.8N 78.5W 75 KT 85 MPH
12H 04/1200Z 37.0N 76.8W 60 KT 70 MPH...INLAND
24H 05/0000Z 42.0N 73.8W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND
36H 05/1200Z 46.8N 70.4W 40 KT 45 MPH...INLAND
48H 06/0000Z 50.8N 68.3W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
60H 06/1200Z 52.9N 66.3W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
72H 07/0000Z...DISSIPATED





End Daily Weather Segment








Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 125,219 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,969 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 125,532 confirmed cases from 1,837,410 targeted tests, and 1,057 hospitalized and 1,982 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 137,630 people infected and 2,043 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of August 3rd and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to August 3rd [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting two weekends ago since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.






460 Detected Cases (+4 since Friday)
70 Active Positive (-4 since Friday)
389 Recovered (+8 since Friday)
3 Deaths (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4218 MCPH Tests (+31 since Friday)
1427 Tests by Others (unchanged)
5645 Total Tests (+31 since Friday)
236 Tests Pending Results (-69 since Friday)

And here is the weekly Demographic Update from Macon County Public Health released on Wednesday, July 29th. The next demographic update will be on Wednesday, August 6th.




Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 4:08am Tuesday, August 04, 2020








Monday, August 3, 2020

August 2020 Franklin Town Council Meeting
Live Coverage Begins at 6pm





The Franklin Town Council will be meeting for their regular monthly meeting for July 2020 tonight in the lower level of the town hall. The meeting begins at 6pm. Face Coverings are required and social distancing will be observed. Macon Media will stream the meeting live.

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Public Agenda

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

3. Adoption of the August 3, 2020 Town Council Agenda - Town Council

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda for August 3, 2020 - Town Council
A.) Approval of July 6, 2020 Town Council Minutes
B.) Duke Energy Street Light Agreement at 259 Womack Street
C.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition for 668 Dowdle Mountain to Town Planning Board
D.) Set Public Hearing for Ingles Market for Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 6:05 p.m.

5. Public Session

6. Old Business:
A.) Discussion on Outdoor Seating at Root and Barrel - Town Council
B.) Discussion and Update for Pickin on the Square - Town Manager Summer Woodard

7. New Business:
A.) Discussion on Porter Street Sidewalk Project - Town Manager Summer Woodard
B.) Discussion on Barn at Whitmire Property - Town Manager Summer Woodard
C.) Update on CARES ACT Funding - Town Manager Summer Woodard
D.) Update on Pumpkin Fest Event 2020 - Town Manager Summer Woodard

8. Legal
A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Title VI Policy - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

9. Announcements:
A.) Town Hall Offices will be closed Monday September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day
B.) The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

10. Adjourn

Download a copy of the full agenda. [PDF]



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Published at 3:40pm on Monday, August 3, 2020




News and Weather Briefing for Monday, August 3, 2020







OUTLOOK

Rain chances increase across the region through today as tropical moisture from Tropical Storm Isaias interacts with a stalling front. The storm will pass near the Georgia and Carolina coasts today and then through eastern North Carolina tonight, enhancing our risk of heavy rainfall and isolated flooding. A more typical summertime pattern of afternoon and evening thunderstorms will then return for the remainder of the week.

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Local News Brief

Macon County Board of Education approves Plan B for upcoming school year [LINK]


General Forecast Through Wednesday Night


Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely, then occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to near 80 in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Patchy fog after midnight. Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then scattered showers.. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevation to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the north.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 70s in the higher elevation to the low-to-mid 80s in the lower elevations. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations.

Hazards

Scattered thunderstorms will continue early this morning. Locally heavy rainfall is a concern, as storms may repeatedly move over the same areas, producing an isolated flood risk. Cloud-to-ground lightning may occur with any of the storms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage during the day today, continuing to produce locally heavy rainfall. Isolated flash flooding may occur. As Tropical Storm Isaias makes its nearest pass to our region early Tuesday, breezy and occasionally gusty winds may develop. A few trees could fall in areas where soils are saturated by the heavy rainfall.

Air Quality



As Hurricane Isaias gains latitude today, cloud cover will begin to increase and chances for rainfall will return. The outer rainbands should reach the region this afternoon, with the greatest impacts from the storm expected late today into Tuesday. Although onshore flow and cloud cover will help to keep ozone levels in check, lingering light amounts of Saharan Dust off the southern US coast could filter into the region prior to the arrival of widespread precipitation, resulting in slightly elevated levels of fine particle pollution during the first half of the day. Overall, heavy cloud cover, increasing chances for precipitation, and increasing wind speeds will help to keep daily maximum AQI values in the Code Green range. For more information regarding Tropical Storm Isaias, please navigate to the National Hurricane Center website at http://nhc.noaa.gov.



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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)

Tropical Tidbit from Levi Cowan








Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 3 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Isaias, located just offshore of east-central Florida.

1. Recent satellite-derived wind data indicate that the area of disturbed weather located a few hundred miles north of the northern Leeward Islands does not have a surface circulation, and the associated shower activity is not well organized. However, environmental conditions could allow for some slow development of this system during the next several days, with a tropical depression possibly forming later this week. This system is forecast to move northwestward at about 15 mph over the southwestern Atlantic today and on Tuesday and then stall several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda by the middle to latter part of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

Tropical Storm Isaias



Tropical Storm Isaias Discussion Number 24
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020
1100 PM EDT Sun Aug 02 2020

Isais has not become better organized on satellite and radar imagery at this time. The cyclone continues to produce vigorous deep convection but this convection continues to be displaced to the northeast of the center, and convective banding features are ill-defined. Air Force Hurricane Hunter observations show that the central pressure has not fallen since earlier today, and flight-level and SFMR-observed surface wind measurements from the aircraft indicate that the intensity remains near 60 kt. Although Isais will be moving through an environment of fairly strong southwesterly shear during the next day or so, it will also be traversing the warm waters of the Gulf Stream with its high oceanic heat content. The latter factor could result in the system becoming a hurricane near landfall. The official forecast is close to the intensity consensus, which keeps Isaias just below hurricane strength.

It should be emphasized that there is little difference between a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane, in terms of impacts.

After landfall, the interaction with land and strong shear should result in steady weakening. Based on the global models, the cyclone is likely to become an extratropical cyclone after it moves into Canada and dissipate over the north Atlantic shortly thereafter.

The motion continues to be slightly west of due north or 345/8 kt. There has been no significant change to the track forecast reasoning. Over the next couple of days, Isaias is expected to accelerate north-northeastward on the east side of a large 500 mb trough over the eastern United States and then turn northeastward in 3 to 4 days as it moves through the mid-latitude westerlies.

The official track forecast is very close to the previous one and similar to the latest corrected dynamical model consensus. This is between the GFS, which shows a slightly faster motion and the ECMWF, which is slightly slower.


Key Messages:

1. There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation of 2 to 4 feet above ground level from Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina along the immediate coastline and adjacent waterways. Life-threatening storm surge is possible along the North Carolina coast from Cape Fear to Duck. Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local emergency officials.

2. Tropical storm conditions will spread northward within the Tropical Storm Warning area from Florida to Maryland through early Tuesday. Isaias is expected to be near hurricane strength when it reaches the coast of northern South Carolina and southern North Carolina Monday night, and strong tropical storm force winds are likely with hurricane conditions possible in the Hurricane Watch area.

3. Heavy rainfall from Isaias will continue to result in potentially life-threatening flash flooding in the Northwest Bahamas through tonight. Flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic, is expected through midweek along and near the path of Isaias across the East Coast of the United States. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic.

4. Tropical storm conditions are forecast to spread northward across the remainder of the U.S east coast on Tuesday and early Wednesday. A tropical storm watch is in effect through Long Island Sound and additional watches and warnings will likely be issued on Monday.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 03/0300Z 28.5N 79.8W 60 KT 70 MPH
12H 03/1200Z 29.7N 80.0W 60 KT 70 MPH
24H 04/0000Z 32.2N 79.3W 60 KT 70 MPH
36H 04/1200Z 35.9N 77.3W 55 KT 65 MPH...INLAND
48H 05/0000Z 40.5N 74.0W 40 KT 45 MPH...INLAND
60H 05/1200Z 45.5N 70.0W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
72H 06/0000Z 50.0N 65.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
96H 07/0000Z 55.5N 56.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
120H 08/0000Z...DISSIPATED




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Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 123,876 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,964 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 125,219 confirmed cases from 1,813,510 targeted tests, and 1,142 hospitalized and 1,924 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 122,298 people infected and 1,942 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 27th and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 27th [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting two weekends ago since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.





456 Detected Cases (+6 in one day)
74 Active Positive (unchanged)
379 Recovered (+6 in one day)
3 Deaths (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4187 MCPH Tests (+73 in one day)
1427 Tests by Others (unchanged)
5614 Total Tests (+73 in one day)
305 Tests Pending Results (+68 in one day)

And here is the weekly Demographic Update from Macon County Public Health released on Wednesday, July 29th. The next demographic update will be on Wednesday, August 6th.




Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Crews Clear Slide on U.S. 19/74 in Nantahala Gorge
Highway opens 18 hours after slide occurred





BRYSON CITY – N.C. Department of Transportation crews have cleared and reopened U.S. 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge after a slide closed the highway on Friday night. 
Crews diverted water from the mountain to a ditch and pipe to prevent road erosion overnight. They arrived at sunrise Saturday and began clearing the road by using an excavator to fill six dump trucks that circulated between the slide and fill location. 
Local NCDOT officials removed the barricades before 3 p.m. on Saturday, less than 18 hours after the slide occurred. Drivers desiring to go through the Gorge were routed through Robbinsville.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.




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Published at 3:38pm on Saturday, August 1, 2020



First Presbyterian Church is Raising Money for the Black Mountain Home for Children



The First Presbyterian Church has had an annual fundraiser to benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children, but have had to adapt to the current pandemic. They have set up a tent in Speakers Corner at the side of the courthouse along Iotla Street this morning and will be there from 10am to 2pm today.

History and Current Mission of the Home (taken from their website):


Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living.






These donations will assist the home for children to continue their mission to help these children throiugh graduation from college.







One lucky donor of at least $10 will be awarded yard art (pictured above) by local artist Eric Duvall.







If you cannot drop by and give them a donation today, you can drop by or contact the church office. Their Office Hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, and Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am, and the office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Their telephone number is 828-524-3119 and you can email them at churchofficefpc@frontier.com for more information.








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Published at 10:42am on Saturday, August 1, 2020