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Friday, October 23, 2020

Weather Briefing for Friday, October 23, 2020



OUTLOOK

Above normal temperatures are expected over the next several days. A weak cold front will cross the area slowly on Saturday bringing a chance for showers. Slightly cooler temperatures Sunday and Monday will be followed by a return to well above normal temperatures with the next round of precipitation possible on Thursday ahead of a strong upper low.







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General forecast through Sunday night


Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the south. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows ranginf from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Saturday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from near 50 in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 70s in the lower elevations. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from near 50 in the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations.



News Brief


Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.


Cases

730 Detected
(+3 from Wednesday and +21 from last Thursday and +119 in four weeks)

29 Active
(+1 from Wednesday and -3 from last Thursday and unchanged in four weeks)

694 Recovered
(+2 from Wednesday and +27 from last Thursday and +119 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Wednesday and unchanged from last Thursday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing

6188 by MCPH
(+10 from Wednesday and +168 from last Thursday and +622 in four weeks)

2731 by others
(unchanged from Wednesday and +283 from last Thursday and +616 in four weeks)

8919 total
(+10 from Wednesday and +451 from last Thursday and +1238 in four weeks)

113 tests pending results
(+10 from Wednesday and +18 from last Thursday and +47 in four weeks)









HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (2.5 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be the same (1.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 23rd

Highest Temperature 82°F in Franklins in 1978
Lowest Temperature 20°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.64 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 23 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic about 200 miles east of Bermuda.

1. A broad trough of low pressure, located over the western Caribbean Sea, is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms mainly east of the trough. Surface observations, satellite-derived surface wind data, and radar data indicate that a low pressure system has developed along the trough axis just south of Grand Cayman Island. Some gradual development of the low is possible during the next few days while it moves northwestward to northward across western or central Cuba on Saturday, then turning northward to northeastward across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida, and the central Bahamas on Sunday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Cuba, South Florida, and the Bahamas through early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.






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Published at 5:30am Friday, October 23, 2020


Thursday, October 22, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 22, 2020



OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure will continue over our region into Friday with a general southerly wind flow providing above normal temperatures. A weak cold front will cross our region early Saturday. A stronger cold front is expected to cross our area in the middle of next week.




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General forecast through Saturday night


Today

Patchy fog until midmorning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows ranging from near 50 in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 60s to the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s.



News Brief
https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2020/10/wx20201022.html
Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

Press Release from the Macon County Public Library

Library Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Franklin

Franklin – The Children’s Department at the Macon County Public Library will be displaying special Halloween signs in various shops downtown for a fun scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the library, call ahead for curbside pickup or to make an appointment and visit us. The Halloween signs will be on display in 10 downtown shops starting Monday, October 26th through Saturday, October 31st . Turn in your completed scavenger hunt after the 31 st and get your prize at the library. Prizes for each participant will include a small bag of candy and a glow stick.

Remember to call us at 828-524-3600 to either make an appointment or do curbside pickup for your scavenger hunt! We hope you have a spooktacular time!

Franklin Fire Department Cancels Boo Bash [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.


Cases


727 Detected
(+9 from Tuesday and +26 from last Wednesday and +121 in four weeks)

28 Active
(+7 from Tuesday and -2 from last Wednesday and +4 in four weeks)

690 Recovered
(+2 from Tuesday and +28 from last Wednesday and +117in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing


6178 by MCPH
(+42rom Tuesday and +15 from last Wednesday and +612 in four weeks)

2731 by others
(unchanged from Tuesday and +283 from last Wednesday and +656 in four weeks)

8909 total
(+42 from Tuesday and +441 from last Wednesday and +1268 in four weeks)

103 tests pending results
(+7 from Tuesday and +28 from last Wednesday and +37 in four weeks)









HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (1.7 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be the same (1.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 22nd

Highest Temperature 825°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 15°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.74 inches in Highlands in 1956 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Oct 22 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic a few hundred miles southeast of Bermuda.

1. A trough of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms which primarily extend near Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba. Development of this system is unlikely to occur during the next few days as it passes near western Cuba and moves over the Straits of Florida. By late this weekend or early next week, however, some slow development is possible while the system moves generally northeastward from near the northwestern Bahamas toward the western Atlantic. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Cuba, South Florida, and the Bahamas through early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.






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Published at 5:00am Thursday, October 22, 2020


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 21, 2020



OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure will continue over our region for most of the week, with a general southerly wind flow providing above normal temperatures. A cold front may approach the area early next week.








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General forecast through Friday night


Today

Areas of fog, dense in some places, before noon. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranginf from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning inceasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Light winds out of the east.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Light and variable windw. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



News Brief


The Franklin Police Department welcomed two new officers, Trey Chastain and Garrett Hovis, to the force. Photos can be seen on the Franklin Police Department Facebook Page. [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

News Item Added at 6:14am

Macon County Public Health Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Macon County has identified that a fourth Macon County Public Health employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is isolating at home and doing well. Close contacts of the employee have been notified and tested. The necessary steps to disinfect the affected area have been performed. Since March, Macon County has implemented strong infection control standards in all county facilities to protect employees and citizens.

These measures include:


• providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees who need it,
• limiting access to county building and congregate areas,
• implementing a health screening process for all employees, such as taking temperatures before work,
• assuring that employees who work in an office-based setting are maintaining social distancing measures,
• moving to appointment-based services and limiting walk-in services, and
• implementing teleworking agreements for some personnel to work from home (should their job allow).


Macon County Public Health is confident the risk of exposure for employees and citizens is minimal, and by implementing these measures, the county has been and will continue to provide services safely.

Community transmission is still occurring in Macon County, and MCPH encourages all individuals and organizations remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Macon County recommends that business owners consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on what employers and employees should do if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Macon County leadership is committed to remaining transparent with the public and encourages businesses to be open with the public as well. For more guidance about employee exposure, visit the CDC at: https://bit.ly/critical_workers.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like Macon County Public Health, CDC, and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

Macon County Public Health regularly updates our Facebook page with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19; we encourage the public to check our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MaconPublicHealth for up-to-date information.

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm, closing daily for lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, until further notice.


Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

Cases

718 Detected
(+4 from Monday and +19 from last Tuesday and +119 in four weeks)

21 Active
(-2 from Monday and -11 from last Tuesday and -1 in four weeks)

690 Recovered
(+6 from Monday and +30 from last Tuesday and +118 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Monday and unchanged from last Tuesday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing

6136 by MCPH
(+5 from Monday and +168 from last Tuesday and +611 in four weeks)

2731 by others
(+4 from Monday and +285 from last Tuesday and +656 in four weeks)

8867 in total
(+9 from Monday and +453 from last Tuesday and +1267 in four weeks)

96 tests pending results
(+109 from Monday and +25 from last Tuesday and -89 in four weeks)








HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the middle-to-upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (3.1 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to drop into the low range (1.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 21st

Highest Temperature 85°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 14°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.80 inches in Franklin in 1882 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 21 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Hurricane Epsilon, located over the central Atlantic several hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.






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Published at 4:35am Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 20, 2020



OUTLOOK

High pressure will continue over our region for most of the week with a general southerly wind flow providing above normal temperatures through mid week. Precipitation chances will increase toward the end of the week as a cold front approaches from the northwest.








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General forecast through Thursday night


Today

Areas of fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night
Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Wednesday
Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the southeast.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from near 50 in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 50s in the lower elevations. Calm wind.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 70s in the lower elevations.

Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from near 50 in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 50s in the lower elevations.



News Brief


More COVID-19 cases identified at area schools in Macon and Jackson Counties

On Monday, October 19th, the Macon County School System was notified that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Highlands School, Franklin High School, and South Macon Elementary School. The individuals are currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is underway through the Macon County Health Department. Any student or staff member identified through the contact tracing will be notified. Macon County Schools will continue to work closely with the Macon County Health Department as they monitor this situation.

On Monday, October 19th, the Jackson County Department of Public Health identified a cluster of eight positive COVID-19 cases at Smokey Mountain Elementary School including four students and four staff members. [LINK

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

Cases

714 Detected
(+5 from Friday and +19 from last Monday and +110 in four weeks)

23 Active
(-3 from Friday and -7 from last Monday and -1 in four weeks)

684 Recovered
(+8 from Friday and +29 from last Monday and +111 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Friday and unchanged from last Monday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing


6131 by MCPH
(+37 from Friday and +163 from last Monday and +569 in four weeks)

2627 by others
(+179 from Friday and +46 from last Monday and +590 in four weeks)

8758in total
(+216 from Friday and +172 from last Monday and +1196 in four weeks)

205 tests pending results
(+37 from Friday and +134 from last Monday and +21 in four weeks)








HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the middle-to-upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (3.0 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to drop into the low range (2.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 20th

Highest Temperature 85°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Franklin in 1981
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.87 inches in Highlands in 1950 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1913




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 20 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Epsilon, located over the central Atlantic several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda.

1. A trough of low pressure extends southeastward from the southeastern Gulf of Mexico across the northwestern Caribbean Sea to a broad low-pressure system located over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. This system is currently accompanied by disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. The disturbance is expected to consolidate over the northwestern Caribbean Sea during the next day or so before moving slowly westward toward the Yucatan peninsula by Wednesday. Regardless of development, the system could bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of central and western Cuba, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and the Yucatan peninsula through midweek.

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






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Published at 3:50am Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Monday, October 19, 2020

Weather Briefing for Monday, October 19, 2020



OUTLOOK

High pressure will continue to weaken over the region, bringing about a general southerly wind flow over our area, with temperatures warming above normal by mid-week. Precipitation chances will increase toward the end of the week as a cold front approaches from the northwest.





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General forecast through Wednesday night


Today

Areas of fog in the morningm. Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Monday Night
Mostly clear, with lows ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday
Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with lows ranging from the mid-40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. WednesdayMostly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations.



News Brief
(repeat from Saturday)

Macon County Public Health Identifies a COVID-19 Cluster in a Local Church [LINK]

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases in an area church located in Franklin. NC DPH defines clusters of COVID-19 in workplace, educational, and other community settings as:

• A minimum of 5 cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND • Plausible linkage between cases;

where cases were present in the same setting during the same time-period (e.g., same shift, same classroom, same physical work area); that the timing fits with likely timing of exposure; and that there is no other more likely source of exposure for identified cases (e.g., household or close contact to a confirmed case in another setting).

Members of Franklin Church of God's congregation have tested positive; all members of the congregation are aware of their exposure, and are currently being contacted for testing. Members of the congregation are encouraged to quarantine if they experience symptoms; those who test positive will be given isolation orders. In addition, church leadership has been provided disinfection guidance. MCPH is working to identify additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a "Safer at Home" executive order, currently under phase 3 with masks required to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor's orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions at https://covid19.ncdhhs.qov/quidance.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.ciov/coronavirus and NCDHHS.

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

The health department has stopped releasing numbers over the weekend, so the next new report on local numbers will be Monday afternoon.

Cases

709 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +29 from last Friday and +115 in four weeks)

26 Active
(-6 from Thursday and -8 from last Friday and -1 in four weeks)

676 Recovered
(+9 from Thursday and +37 from last Friday and +116 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

6094 by MCPH
(+74 from Thursday and +174 from last Friday and +716 in four weeks)

2448 by others
(unchanged from Thursday and +115 from last Friday and +411 in four weeks)

8542 in total
(+74 from Thursday and +289 from last Friday and +1127in four weeks)

168 tests pending results
(+75 from Thursday and +38 from last Friday and +80 in four weeks)








HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the middle-to-upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (2.8 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to drop into the low range (2.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 19th

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1984
Lowest Temperature 21°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.20 inches in Highlandss in 1916 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since records began in 1872 




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 19 2020

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms have increased in organization in association with a large non-tropical low pressure system located about 700 miles southeast of Bermuda. Although environmental conditions are expected to be only marginally conducive for development during the next day or so, a subtropical or tropical depression could still develop later today or on Tuesday. However, upper-level winds are forecast to become more favorable for tropical cyclone formation by late Tuesday and Wednesday while the low meanders well to the southeast of Bermuda. See NOAA High Seas Forecast products for more details on this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. A broad area of low pressure could form in a couple of days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development of this system is possible late this week while it moves slowly northwestward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.






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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 18, 2020



OUTLOOK

A high pressure moves off the mid-Atlantic coast today and tomorrow. The high will bring a general southerly wind flow over our area early in the week with temperatures warming to a little above normal. A strong cold front will approach our region at the end of the week.








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General forecast through Tuesday night


Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the upper 60s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Sunday Night
Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the mid-40s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Monday
Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Monday Night
Mostly clear, with lows in the 40s with a few locations in the lower elevations remainging near 50 in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations.

Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-to-upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations.



News Brief
(repeat from Saturday)

Macon County Public Health Identifies a COVID-19 Cluster in a Local Church [LINK]

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases in an area church located in Franklin. NC DPH defines clusters of COVID-19 in workplace, educational, and other community settings as:

• A minimum of 5 cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND • Plausible linkage between cases;

where cases were present in the same setting during the same time-period (e.g., same shift, same classroom, same physical work area); that the timing fits with likely timing of exposure; and that there is no other more likely source of exposure for identified cases (e.g., household or close contact to a confirmed case in another setting).

Members of Franklin Church of God's congregation have tested positive; all members of the congregation are aware of their exposure, and are currently being contacted for testing. Members of the congregation are encouraged to quarantine if they experience symptoms; those who test positive will be given isolation orders. In addition, church leadership has been provided disinfection guidance. MCPH is working to identify additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a "Safer at Home" executive order, currently under phase 3 with masks required to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor's orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions at https://covid19.ncdhhs.qov/quidance.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.ciov/coronavirus and NCDHHS.

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

The health department has stopped releasing numbers over the weekend, so the next new report on local numbers will be Monday afternoon.

Cases

709 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +29 from last Friday and +115 in four weeks)

26 Active
(-6 from Thursday and -8 from last Friday and -1 in four weeks)

676 Recovered
(+9 from Thursday and +37 from last Friday and +116 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

6094 by MCPH
(+74 from Thursday and +174 from last Friday and +716 in four weeks)

2448 by others
(unchanged from Thursday and +115 from last Friday and +411 in four weeks)

8542 in total
(+74 from Thursday and +289 from last Friday and +1127in four weeks)

168 tests pending results
(+75 from Thursday and +38 from last Friday and +80 in four weeks)








HAZARDS

We are under A Freeze Advisory this morning until 9am. Other than that, no weather hazards are anticipated for today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the middle range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (2.8 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to drop into the low range (2.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 18th

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 7.00 inches in Franklins in 1879 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since records began in 1872 




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 18 2020

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a non-tropical low pressure system located about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda have not become significantly better organized over the past several hours. Gradual development is expected, and a subtropical depression or storm is very likely to form during the next day or two while the low meanders well to the southeast of Bermuda.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form in a few days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development of this system will be possible through the middle of next week while it moves slowly northward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.






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Published at 5:00am Sunday, October 18, 2020