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Thursday, June 25, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 25, 2020


Expect warm temperatures and afternoon and evening storms to stay in the forecast through the first half of the week. An approaching front will impact the area during the middle part of the week, enhancing the coverage of storms.

The Governor Make Masks Mandatory

Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order 147, which extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home restrictions and requires people, with some exceptions, to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. A copy of the executive order and the video briefing where he made the announcement are posted on Macon MEdia. [LINK]

Most recent Local Government Meetings

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on June 2nd. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met on June 1st. Members of the public and local media outlets were allowed in the town hall. [LINK]

General Forecast Through Saturday Night


chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to near 80 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 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.


Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from around around 60 in the lower elevations to the mid-50s in the higher elevations. Light winds out of the northwest.


A slight chance of showers between 9am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mi-to-upper 70s to the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-50s.


Isolated or widely scattered thunderstorms will develop today. Cloud-to-ground lightning will be possible with any of these thunderstorms.

The Rest of the Week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible each afternoon and evening. Gusty winds, frequent lightning, and heavy rain will be possible with any storms that do develop. A cold front is expected to move through the area today and Friday bringing additional chances for scattered thunderstorms.


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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 Thu Jun 25 2020

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

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

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 54,453 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,251 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 56,174 confirmed cases from 791,285 targeted tests, and 906 hospitalized and 1,271 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 56,527 people infected and 1,325 deaths.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of June 24th [LINK]

Detected 263 (+1 in one day) (+26 in 7 days)
Recovered 97 (+17 in one day) (+75 in 7 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days)
Actives 165 (-16 in one day) (-49 in 7 days)

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 2,654 (+4 in one day) (+338 in 7 days)
Other Tests 682 (+37 in one day) (+189 in 7 days)
Total Tests 3,336 (+151 in one day) (+527 in 7 days)
Pending 232 (+73 in one day) (+7 in 7 days)

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


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Published at 5:15am Thursday, June 25, 2020