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Friday, June 26, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, June 26, 2020






OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure will persist over the southern Appalachians today through the weekend, but with moisture slowly returning for the latter half of the weekend. More unsettled weather will develop through next week as a back door cold front approaches from the north and settles across the area by the middle of the week.



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

Today

A slight chance of showers between noon and 5pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 60s in the lower elevations to the upper 50s in the higher elevations. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 60s to the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 70s to the lower 80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-60s to the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Hazards

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms will produce occasional cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, locally heavy rainfall, and briefly gusty winds.




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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 Fri Jun 26 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 56,174 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,271 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 57,183 confirmed cases from 811,278 targeted tests, and 891 hospitalized and 1,290 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 57,472 people infected and 1,336 deaths.


Data from Macon County Public Health as of June 25th [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 4:25am Friday, June 26, 2020




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