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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Unsettled weather will continue through much of the week as an upper-level disturbance persists over the northeastern CONUS. A nearly stationary frontal boundary will remain just north of the region through at least Wednesday with plentiful moisture across the forecast area. Some degree of drying is expected Thursday and Friday, however things moisten back up over the weekend.



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Air Quality

Fine particle pollution readings should return to the Code Green range as the Saharan dust exits the region.

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 Thursday Night


Scattered showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, 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 northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs ranging from the low-to-mid 70s to the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 5am, then a chance of rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Rain and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s.


A few strong to severe storms possible today and Wednesday. Also rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall over the upcoming week will lead to the possibility of localized flash flooding, especially in areas of poor drainage.


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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 Tue Jun 30 2020

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

1. A trough of low pressure is located off the coast of North Carolina. Significant development of this system is not anticipated while it moves generally northeastward, away from the east coast of the United States and merges with a frontal boundary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 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 62,142 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,322 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 63,484 confirmed cases from 886,305 targeted tests, and 843 hospitalized and 1,325 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 63,736 people infected and 1,357 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

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

Detected 281 (+7 in one day) (+51 in 7 days) (+126 in 14 days)
Actives 159 (-5 in one day) (-52 in 7 days) (+22 in 14 days)
Recovered 121 (+12 in one day) (+103 in 7 days) (+104 in 14 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days) (0 in 14 days)

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 2,891 (+129 in one day) (+730 in 7 days) (+1,076 in 14 days)
Other Tests 828 (+144 in one day) (+348 in 7 days) (+416 in 14 days)
Total Tests 3,719 (+273 in one day) (+1,078 in 7 days) (+1,492 in 14 days)
Pending 288 (+86 in one day) (+113 in 7 days) (-31 in 14 days)

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

See the AM COVID-19 Briefing [LINK]

Curated Links to News ABout COVID-19

Coronavirus Q&A: Update From the CDC: Anne Schuchat

After 500,000 deaths, WHO warns worst of coronavirus pandemic is "yet to come" [LINK]

Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South [LINK]

Gilead Draws Severe Flak For Exorbitant Pricing Of COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir [LINK]

Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. [LINK]

Companies have raised prices on 245 drugs during pandemic, advocacy group says [LINK]

Lawmakers, families continue to push for changes at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home as death toll nears 100

N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone [LINK]

Oregon to require masks everywhere indoors starting July 1 [LINK]

Bill Gates says the coronavirus pandemic in the US is much worse than he anticipated [LINK]

Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open [LINK]

Riverside County, California - hospitals hit 99% capacity for ICUs. Only 5 empty beds for a 2.5 million population [LINK]

Over 200 Gym Patrons Potentially Exposed To Coronavirus At Planet Fitness In West Virginia [LINK]

McConnell says there should be ‘no stigma’ to wearing face masks during coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

‘Exhausted’ by customers’ rage over wearing masks, California taco chain shuts down [LINK]

Florida beaches will close for Fourth of July weekend over coronavirus concerns [LINK]

KC mayor told in text message he ‘should swing from a tree’ after issuing mask order [LINK]

Houston Mayor Announces Business 'Wall of Shame' For COVID-19 Non-Compliance [LINK]

Jacksonville changes course, issues face mask mandate [LINK]

Health officials link surge in coronavirus cases in Pittsburgh area to bars, not protests [LINK]

At least 143 people at the University of Georgia test positive for Covid-19 [LINK]


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Published at 4:13am Tuesday, June 30, 2020