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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 27, 2020






OUTLOOK

Moist high pressure will persist over the region today as a low-pressure center with associated tropical moisture moves northward through the central Carolinas. Warming southerly flow will develop Thursday through Friday ahead of the next approaching cold front, but with continued moist conditions over the area. The cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Saturday and settle southeast of the area through Sunday. Drier and cooler air will arrive from the northwest for the early part of next week.

GoFundMe Established to Benefit Children of David and Dawn Head

On Saturday, 5/23/2020, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, a Physical Therapist with Highlands/Cashiers Hospital, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. They leave behind four children, Jeslyn Head (17), J.D. Head (13), Erin Sanborn (17), and Sidney Sanborn (19). This fund has been set up by the employees of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in an effort to help all 4 children of David and Dawn Head. [LINK]

County Commissioners Hold Budget Work Session

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session last night. Video and supporting documents are on the website. [LINK]

SpaceX to Launch Astronauts to Space Station

SpaceX Ready to Make History Launching Humans Into Space



The first manned mission to launch from American soil since the last space shuttle flight in July 2011 is scheduled to take place this afternoon. While you can watch the launch from any network, Macon Media would like to suggest Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut as a place to watch online. Tim is a citizen journalist who is passionate about covering space launches and rockets. He has a handy guide on his website to help you understand what is happening today. [LINK]

He has a vantage point about three miles from the launch site and will be streaming live all day, starting at 6am. The launch itself is scheduled for 4:30pm.



Alternate Link to Live Stream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn3Kax3mExc



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General Forecast Through Monday Night



Today

Cloudy. Patchy fog this morning. A slight chance of showers this morning, then a chance of showers this afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows ranging from near 60 down into the 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows ranging from around 60 down into the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Friday

Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.


Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

The bit of tropical moisture that was forecast to impact our region is taking a more easterly path through the central region of North Carolina, so excessive rainfall is not expected in Macon County today.



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



Special Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1250 AM EDT Wed May 27 2020

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

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the area of low pressure near the southeast U.S. coast.

An elongated area of low pressure located just offshore of the northeast Florida and Georgia coasts and an associated upper-level disturbance are producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Although the disturbance has changed little in organization during the past several hours, some development is possible before it moves inland over the southeast U.S. by Wednesday afternoon. After the system is inland, tropical cyclone formation is not expected.

Regardless of development, heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding over portions of the Carolinas on Wednesday. Gusty winds could also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas through Wednesday.

1. For additional information, see products from your local National Weather Service office. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 AM EDT Wednesday, or earlier if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 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 23,964 people in North Carolina are infected, 764 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 24,140 confirmed cases from 352,331 targeted tests, and 621 hospitalized and 766 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 24,455 people infected and 801 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK] https://coronaction.net

Detected 18
Recovered 4
Deceased 1
Actives 13


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


Dr John Campbell:

Hydroxychloroquine Studies









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Published at 5:50am on Wednesday, May 27, 2020




Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tin Lizzies on Main Street
Updated After Interview with Driver







A group of Tin Lizzies, aka Model Ts, were parked on Main Street this afternoon as the occupants took a break from their excursion. At least one of the vehicles had an upgrade that included a GPS Reciever. Photos of the automobiles are posted below without further comment. Click on any image to embiggen it to a larger size.


How the Tin Lizzie got its nickname. [LINK]

Update

One of the drivers (of the red car) said they were out for an excursion that started in Rockwood, TN. They spent the night last night at Tapoco Lodge in Graham County and have spent the afternoon in Franklin and are planning to go from here to Highlands, then Dalton, GA, and eventually back to Rockwood to end the tour.


This car is from Chatanooga, TN


This car is from Knoxville, TN



This car is from Rockwood, TN


This car is from Ocala, FL.







Published at 2:30pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Macon County Board of Commissioners Conitnued Meeting for May 26, 2020


This photo was taken on the evening of Sunday, May 25, 2020, by Bobby Coggins

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be holding a continued meeting at 6pm tonight (May 26, 2020). The purpose of the meeting will be focused on discussing items related to the 2020-2021 budget. Macon Media will stream the meeting live on Facebook. A player will be embedded here so you can watch it here also. Copies of the public agenda and the budget amendments are posted below. If any additional documentation is used during the meeting, Macon Media will try to obtain a copy of them and share them here in the interest of promoting transparency in both the local government and local media outlets.


LIVE VIDEO





PUBLIC AGENDA

MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CONTINUED SESSION
MAY 26, 2020 – 6 P.M.
PUBLIC AGENDA

1. Reconvene and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Update on tax software contract – Tax Administrator Abby Braswell

3. Update on Macon Middle School project – school liaison committee members

4. Discussion regarding recommended Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget

A. Otto Volunteer Fire Department
B. Macon County Schools, Dr. Chris Baldwin, Superintendent
C. Macon County Solid Waste, Chris Stahl, Director

5. Consideration of budget amendments #279-282 – Finance Director Lori Carpenter

6. Closed session

7. Recess or adjourn

BUDGET AMENDMENTS






Published at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 26, 2020






OUTLOOK

A wedge of cooler high pressure will persist over the region today and linger through Wednesday. Abundant moisture will return to the area from the south through the middle of the week. Warming southerly flow will develop Thursday through Friday ahead of the next approaching cold front, but with continued moist conditions over the area. The cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Saturday, and settle southeast of the area through Sunday. Much drier and cooler air will arrive from the northwest for the early part of next week.

Memorial Day

Since restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic prevented the usual large gathering to mark Memorial Day this year, here is a video of the 2020 Memorial Day Observance that took place yesterday in Franklin. A proper post with a photo album will be published later today. This early look at the video of the event is for those of you who read the daily weather briefing.



May we never forget those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America.

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General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Today

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs from the upper 60s to the mid--70s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Cloudy. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely, mainly in the evening. Lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the south winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday Night

Showers likely. Thunderstorms likely, mainly in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 70 percent.


Hazards

Scattered to numerous showers will develop across the region today, with the greatest coverage along and near the eastern escarpment of the mountains. These showers will produce locally very heavy rainfall, and isolated flooding could develop quickly in areas affected by multiple showers given the saturated soil conditions and elevated stream levels. In addition, a few embedded thunderstorms are possible, with isolated cloud to ground lightning strikes also posing a hazard.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday.

Wet weather will continue throughout the week. Tropical moisture could arrive from the south on Wednesday, leading to additional heavy to excessive rainfall. With many streams and creeks running near bankfull, flooding could develop very quickly from any additional heavy rainfall mid to late week. Monitor the forecast closely throughout the week in case any Flash Flood Watches are
needed.



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

IMAGE

The National Hurricane Center is not issuing outlooks at this time. Regular outlooks (unless there is activity) is scheduled to begin June 1st.


Special Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
520 PM EDT Mon May 25 2020

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

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the broad trough of low pressure extending across Florida and the adjacent Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters.

1. Widespread showers and thunderstorms extending across Florida, the Bahamas, and the adjacent Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters are associated with an elongated surface trough interacting with an upper-level disturbance. Although a weak surface low could form along the surface trough just off the east coast of Florida and move northward toward Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday, the low is not expected to become a tropical cyclone due to strong upper-level winds.

Regardless of development, heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding over portions of southern and central Florida tonight, spreading northward to coastal sections of northeastern Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gusty winds could also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of eastern Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas through Wednesday. For additional information, see products from your local National Weather Service office. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 AM EDT Tuesday, or earlier if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 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 23,222 people in North Carolina are infected, 744 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK
reports 23,964 confirmed cases from 344,690 targeted tests, and 627 hospitalized and 754 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 24,057 people infected and 790 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK]

Detected 18
Recovered 4
Deceased 1
Actives 13


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

Video From Medical Professionals

Dr John Campbell:

Therapeutics and a human experience


Vaccine Development Update



Coronavirus Pandemic Update 75: COVID-19 Lung Autopsies - New Data




Curated News Stories

Humans 'not meant to be alone': Many Americans haven't seen or touched another person in 3 months because of COVID-19 [LINK]

Spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon traced to gatherings [LINK]

A Bolivian Orchestra Has been Stuck in ‘Haunted’ German Castle Surrounded by Wolves for 73 Days due to the Pandemic [LINK]

1 in 5 people tested in New York City had antibodies for the coronavirus [LINK]

States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups [LINK]

New York shoppers hound customer out of grocery store for not wearing mask in viral video [LINK]

Coronavirus spread would dramatically drop if 80% of a population wore masks, AI researcher says [LINK]

Florida landlords lining up to evict hundreds of tenants once moratorium expires [LINK]

Sweden will not reach herd immunity in May only at 7% now with one of the highest death rates [LINK]

Three people charged in killing of Family Dollar security guard over mask policy [L
INK

New York Governor Cuomo says state will pay benefits to families of essential workers who died during pandemic [LINK]





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Published at 6:30am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020




Monday, May 25, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for 2020 Memorial Day






OUTLOOK

An upper-level ridge of high pressure will persist over the region today, while a weak back door cold front sags southward through the area. A moist wedge-like weather pattern will set up through at least mid-week, with more abundant moisture returning from the eastern Gulf and Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Unsettled weather will continue through late week as another cold front approaches from the northwest and then slowly crosses the region over the weekend.

Memorial Day

Since restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic prevent the gathering of large crowds to mark Memorial Day this year, here is a video and photo album of the 2015 observance in Macon County.


2015 Memorial Day in Franklin, NC

May we never forget those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America.

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More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Macon County

Sunday Afternoon

Macon County Public Health Identifies a COVID-19 Cluster in a Local Church
[LINK] https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/posts/2994345850611532?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARChqGhxczIzUt_e8dLm3Me5vPpe_B4LQs-kforLQfgjd6GubUyYdebzlkoluekegrYjVxJ0aaIlMUrtQzY3cfmbbawLuRBEn_q31NwIFdOl133Ctxv8F0eMlbLqGHmpfN0E4e4m6pMyixTG3QacFiz3T0gvpneAwssxdggI9692S3HUV35fAu5VQTvrDmlYlhMUX8zwgxn4xACra_E14r_bdvwoJpyYolrrR3d5SdMHpUbKuZIDQUINqkZAQHRtuYbzXYcqY5a9GNBoIg-0lYc37tkC4r8DvdLA0xNED6W5itweCJK7o6Hq5bdJNjDila-5ZuYuUezDExnBYMcdSw&__tn__=-R

Saturday Afternoon

Macon County Public Health has identified three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are unrelated to the positive essential workers at an area business reported on Friday. One of the three individuals is under the age of 18.[LINK]

Friday Afternoon

Walmart Employee Reportedly Contracts COVID-19, Store Won’t Comment But Health Department Will Test Workers [LINK] https://trappalachia.com/index.php/2020/05/22/walmart-employee-reportedly-contracts-covid-19-store-wont-comment-but-will-test-workers/?fbclid=IwAR1B48J35Ad-mhXQUiyz-_KAbXJhEQKqR8E3BVVZ01XZCTgM6FmUR1mmTOs


General Forecast Through Wednesday Night



Today

Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog this morning. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows ranging from around 60 down into the 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 60s to around 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tuesday Night

A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows from around 60 down into the 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.


Hazards

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will impact the region again, mainly this afternoon and evening. The main threat will be from locally very heavy rainfall in these slowly moving showers and thunderstorms. With the ground already saturated, locations impacted by additional heavy downpours may see flooding develop quickly. Any of the thunderstorms will also produce dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. Remember to turn on your headlights when it is raining so other motorists can see you and slow down to avoid hydroplaning.

Wet weather will continue throughout the week. Moisture from a tropical source could arrive in the region on Wednesday, leading to additional heavy to excessive rainfall. With the ground already saturated, and many streams and creeks already running near bankfull, flooding could develop quickly from any additional heavy rainfall. Monitor the forecast closely throughout the week in case any Flash Flood Watches are needed.



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



The National Hurricane Center is not issuing outlooks at this time. Regular outlooks (unless there is activity) is scheduled to begin June 1st.



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 22,725 people in North Carolina are infected, 737 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 23,222 confirmed cases from 336,656 targeted tests, and 587 hospitalized and 744 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 23,365 people infected and 784 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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

Video From Medical Professionals

Dr John Campbell: Vaccine Development Update


Roger Seheult, MD: Coronavirus Pandemic Update 74: Vitamin D & COVID 19; Academic Censorship

Thee will be no video from Doctor Seheult today because he is pulling a shift in the Emergency Room







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Published at 6:00am on Monday, May 25, 2020




Sunday, May 24, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 24, 2020






OUTLOOK

A warm and humid ridge of high pressure will continue to build over the region today, with another round of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms expected. A weak back door cold front will arrive tonight and set up a moist wedge-like pattern through at least midweek. Unsettled weather will continue through the end of the week, as another cold front approaches from the northwest.

Local News Brief

Macon County Deputy and Wife Die in Automobile Accident in Georgia

The Sheriff announced on Facebook that Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, were killed in an accident in Mountain City, Georgia Saturday afternoon. [LINK]

Two people were killed and three were injured in an accident involving five vehicles on Saturday, according to Georgia State Patrol. The accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 441 and Old Highway 441 in Clayton. [WEB]  [FB]

More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Macon County Friday and Saturday

Saturday Afternoon Press Release

Macon County Public Health has identified three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are unrelated to the positive essential workers at an area business reported on Friday. One of the three individuals is under the age of 18. [LINK]

Friday Afternoon Press Release 


Walmart Employee Reportedly Contracts COVID-19, Store Won’t Comment But Health Department Will Test Workers [LINK]


General Forecast Through Tuesday Night



Today

Partly sunny. Areas of fog this morning. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Visibility one-quarter mile or less at times this morning. Highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning, then shifting to come out of the southwest around 5 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows ranging from the lower 60s to the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Memorial Day

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the 70s to the lower 80s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows ranging from the lower 60s to the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the 50s.


Hazards

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will develop across the region today, first forming along the mountain ridges from early to middle afternoon, then migrating east over the foothills and Piedmont through the late afternoon and evening hours. These thunderstorms will all produce cloud to ground lightning, very heavy downpours, and briefly gusty winds. A few of the storms may become severe, with damaging wind gusts above 60 mph the primary threat. Any locations repeatedly affected by the slowly moving storms could experience localized flooding as well. The coverage of the showers and thunderstorms will slowly diminish overnight.


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



The National Hurricane Center is not issuing outlooks at this time. Regular outlooks (unless there is activity) is scheduled to begin June 1st.



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 21,618 people in North Carolina are infected, 728 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 22,725 confirmed cases from 329,582 targeted tests, and 589 hospitalized and 737 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 22,864 people infected and 778 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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

Video From Medical Professionals

Dr John Campbell: May 23rd Global Update


Roger Seheult, MD: Coronavirus Pandemic Update 74: Vitamin D & COVID 19; Academic Censorship








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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, May 24, 2020




Saturday, May 23, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 23, 2020






OUTLOOK

A strengthening high-pressure ridge will build over the Southeast through the weekend, with warming temperatures but also afternoon and evening thunderstorms redeveloping each day through at least Tuesday. The high-pressure ridge will dominate the southeast through much of next week.



General Forecast Through Monday Night



Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight

Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the 50s to near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s to around 80. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night

A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows from around 60 to the 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Memorial Day

Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely, mainly in the evening. Lows ranging from the lower 60s to the upper 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.


Hazards

Areas of dense fog is expected this morning. Use caution if driving. Use low beam headlights and fog lamps and
allow plenty of distance between vehicles. Other than this, no hazardous weather is anticipated for today and tonight.


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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 20,860 people in North Carolina are infected, 716 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 21,618 confirmed cases from 303,224 targeted tests, and 568 hospitalized and 728 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 22,110 people infected and 775 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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Published at 6:00am on Saturday, May 23, 2020




Friday, May 22, 2020

Flags Ordered to Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic





President Trump has issued a proclamation for all American flags to be flown at half-staff Immediately through Sunset, Sunday, May 24, 2020 honoring victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
- - - - - - -
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION


Our Nation mourns for every life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and we share in the suffering of all those who endured pain and illness from the outbreak. Through our grief, America stands steadfast and united against the invisible enemy. May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 24, 2020. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP


**When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the Half-Staff or Half-Mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.



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Published at 11:40am on Friday, May 22, 2020




Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, May 22, 2020






OUTLOOK

An upper-level low-pressure system just northwest of the region early this morning will move away to the northeast today. A strong disturbance rounding the south side of this system will cross the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia late today. A strengthening high-pressure ridge will then build over the southeast through the weekend, with warming temperatures but also afternoon and evening thunderstorms redeveloping each day. The high-pressure ridge will dominate the southeast through much of next week.




General Forecast Through Monday Night


Today

Widespread dense fog early. A slight chance of showers early. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Visibility one-quarter mile or less at times early. Highs ranging from the 60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent. Rainfall amounts from a quarter of an inch to half an inch.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Saturday

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the 50s to near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s to around 80. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night

A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows from around 60 to the 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Memorial Day

Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely, mainly in the evening. Lows ranging from the lower 60s to the upper 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.


Hazards

Thunderstorms will develop from the west this afternoon and evening. Cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall can be expected with any of these thunderstorms. The thunderstorms may also produce very gusty winds, and damaging gusts to 60 mph will be possible in a few storms. An isolated tornado will be possible as well, especially for locations near, or southeast of, the Interstate 85 corridor.


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Tropical Weather
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The National Hurricane Center is not issuing outlooks at this time. Regular outlooks (unless there is activity) is scheduled to begin June 1st.



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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 20,122 people in North Carolina are infected, 702 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 20,850 confirmed cases from 290,645 targeted tests, and 578 hospitalized and 716 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 20,512 people infected and 728 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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Published at 7:00am on Friday, May 22, 2020




Thursday, May 21, 2020

Four national forests reopen trailheads and access points to Appalachian National Scenic Trail



       United States Department of Agriculture
  
NEWS RELEASE
National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801 





Asheville, NC, May 21, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia will participate in the coordinated reopening.
 
The Triple Crown in Virginia, which includes Dragon's Tooth trailhead, will remain closed.

Restroom facilities are not available. Shelters will remain closed at this time. 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. It is not recommended that visitors engage in high risk recreation activities at this time.

To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.
 
Visitors are urged to take precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
 
Review recommendations from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.
 
Find the latest recreation information for each national forest at:

Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features.

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 21, 2020






OUTLOOK

A large upper low will linger over the Tennessee Valley Region today while generating additional rounds of moderate to heavy rain across the eastern part of our region. The low will finally start to move away tonight. On Friday, one more disturbance will rotate around the departing low and will move across the region. We should see a return to more typical late spring weather over the weekend.



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General Forecast Through Saturday


Today

Areas of fog early. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the 60s to around 70. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight

A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday

Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the evening. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Saturday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.


Hazards

A few thunderstorms are possible again today. Any storm that develops will have cloud to ground lightning and heavy downpours, and could have wind gusts that would be capable of knocking down trees weakened by the heavy rain and saturated soil. Some of the thunderstorms will have the potential to be severe with large hail and damaging winds. Much the same is expected on Friday as well.


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Tropical Weather
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The National Hurricane Center is not issuing outlooks at this time. Regular outlooks (unless there is activity) is scheduled to begin June 1st.



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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 19,700 people in North Carolina are infected, 691 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 20,122 confirmed cases from 277,063 targeted tests, and 554 hospitalized and 702 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 20,262 people infected and 726 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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







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Published at 6:15am on Thursday, May 21, 2020