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Sunday, June 28, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 28, 2020


Weak high pressure persists over the southern Appalachians today. A passing upper-level disturbance will lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms on Sunday. Unsettled weather will continue throughout next week as a back door front moves south into the region and stalls. Daily afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will arise in the warm and humid airmass across the area.

Air Quality Alert

An Air Quality Action Day means that Fine Particulates concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards due to dust from a dust storm in the Sahara Desert.

District Attorney Ashley Welch Investigates Larger Spaces for Substitute Courtrooms During COVID-19 Pandemic [LINK]

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 Tuesday Night

Today (Air Quality Alert- Saharan Dust Storm)

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight (Air Quality Alert- Saharan Dust Storm)

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 1am and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers between 8am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with low in the 60s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s to the mid-to-upper 80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


We are under a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for today due to dust and fine particulate matter from a cloud of dust that has traveled across the Atlantic, through the Gulf of Mexico, and up through the Mississippi Valley to us in western North Carolina. Those with breathing problems or allergies may experience difficulty breathing or sinus problems due to the dust in the air. Please limit your time outdoors today.

Thunderstorms will develop and arrive from the northwest today across the region. Mountain locations may see thunderstorms starting this morning, while foothill and Piedmont areas will see thunderstorm coverage mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Any of the thunderstorms that form today will have the potential to produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, gusty winds, and locally heavy rainfall. Several could become strong to severe, with damaging wind gusts and large hail possible. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, especially across western North Carolina and the northern Upstate of South Carolina late today. The thunderstorms may redevelop and persist well into the nighttime hours.


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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 Sun Jun 28 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 58,816 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,303 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 60,537 confirmed cases from 855,151 targeted tests, and 888 hospitalized and 1,318 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 60,812 people infected and 1,812 deaths.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of June 27th [LINK]

Detected 272 (+7 in one day) (+20 in 7 days)
Recovered 109 (+7 in one day) (+70 in 7 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days)
Actives 162 (0 in one day) (-50 in 7 days)

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 2,762 (0 in one day) (+334 in 7 days)
Other Tests 684 (0 in one day) (+52 in 7 days)
Total Tests 3,446 (0 in one day) (+386 in 7 days)
Pending 240 (-78 in one day) (+87 in 7 days)

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

(this section is repeated from yesterday)

White House COronavirus Taskforce Briefing for June 26th
(this is the first time one of the task force videos have not been uploaded or streamed on the White Channel)

North Carolina Coronavirus Briefing

Coronavirus Briefing: Dr. Mandy Cohen (06/26/20)
English Version

Spanish Version

Dr John Campbell

(June 24th) Americas update and vaccine development

Coronavirus Pandemic Update 89: COVID 19 Infections Rising in Many States; Dexamethasone Cautions

One in 20 people will need hospital care if they get Covid-19, study says [LINK]

Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus

Mississippi health official blames spiraling US COVID-19 cases on people ignoring masks and social distancing, says only 'catastrophe' will make them change [LINK]

Inside the body, the coronavirus is even more sinister than scientists had realized [LINK]

The US needs to consider "flooding the system with testing," Fauci says [LINK]

Fauci Warns That New Outbreaks Could Engulf the U.S. [LINK]

The world is putting America in quarantine [LINK]

Unmasked protestors gather downtown Raleigh NC demand end to covid rules [LINK]

Coronavirus updates: 82% of Alabama's ICU beds full as COVID-19 cases soar [LINK]

Texas governor says "If I could go back and redo anything, I would slow down the reopening of bars" [LINK]

Texas Closes all Bars. Reduces Restaurant Capacity. [LINK]

Surprise party in Texas leaves 18 people sick with coronavirus, grandfather fighting for his life [LINK]

Texas' coronavirus surge is 'absolutely horrifying,' infectious disease doctor says [LINK]

Gov. Gavin Newsom tells CA county to shut back down amid COVID-19 surge [LINK]

Co-founder of ReOpen Maryland says he has COVID-19, but won’t help contact tracing efforts [LINK]

Miami will begin issuing fines of up to $500 for not wearing a mask in public [LINK]

Miami-Dade Beaches to Close for Fourth of July Weekend Over Coronavirus Concerns [LINK]


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Published at 6:15am Sunday, June 28, 2020