Ida's Rain Headed to WNC, 6th Flood Victim Recovered, Storm Closes Pipeline


Body Of Sixth Haywood County Flooding Victim Found

(Haywood County, NC) -- The search for another victim in Haywood County flooding is over. Search crews found the body of Jack Krolak on Friday, which came ten days after he went missing from the Laurel Bank Campground in Cruso. Five other people in the community were killed in the flooding.

More Rain Expected In WNC

(Haywood County, NC) -- The remnants of Hurricane Ida could have a significant impact on western North Carolina. The National Weather Service says the system could cause localized flooding, gusty winds and strong storms tomorrow night into Wednesday. The system's arrival comes two weeks after rain from Tropical Storm Fred produced major problems in the region. Ida made landfall in Louisiana yesterday with winds that reached 150-miles-per-hour.

Report Shows Vaccinated-Versus-Unvaccinated Comparison In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- A new report from the state shows a comparison of people vaccinated against COVID-19 versus those who don't have their shots. Numbers from a four-week period ending August 21st revealed unvaccinated people were 15-times more likely to die from COVID, and four-times more likely to catch the virus. Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen is urging North Carolinians to get vaccinated before it's too late.

Vaccine Mandate For Some State Employees Takes Effect Wednesday

(Raleigh, NC) -- A new vaccine policy goes into effect Wednesday for thousands of state employees. Governor Roy Cooper is requiring those who work in his Cabinet agencies to get their COVID-19 shots by then, or undergo weekly testing. A state human resources spokesperson says there's been a rise of new COVID cases for state workers as metrics have worsened across North Carolina during the latest surge.

Face Masks Required In Transylvania County Schools

(Transylvania County, NC) -- A face mask policy is back in place in Transylvania County Schools. The school board has approved a mandate effective today as a way to help avoid remote learning. Also, the Mitchell County school district is switching all schools to virtual learning this week. Classes are closed today during a time for device pick-up.

Roads Still Closed After Flooding

(Pisgah Forest, NC) -- Several mountain roadways remain closed due to flooding damage. WLOS-TV reports three roads are closed in the Appalachian district of the Pisgah National Forest. The Sliding Rock Recreational Area and Looking Glass Falls Stairs remain shut down as well.

Colonial Pipeline Shuts Down Two Lines

(Charlotte, NC) -- The shutdown of two fuel lines running through Charlotte shouldn't cause supply problems. Colonial Pipeline announced Sunday that two lines running between Houston, Texas and Greensboro would be temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The decision came as Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast and moved into Louisiana. Service is expected to return quickly once the damage is assessed.

Over 18-Hundred Quarantines From Union County Schools

(Union County, NC) -- More than 18-hundred students and staff in Union County Schools are in quarantine over COVID-19. Numbers were reported Friday after the first week of school. Face masks are optional in all Union County Schools.

Charlotte Bojangles' Restaurants Closed Today

(Charlotte, NC) -- More than 20 Bojangles' restaurants in the Charlote area are closing for a day. The company says employees need a well-deserved break after dealing with the pandemic and new safety measures over the last year. The one-day closure will affect about 300 workers.

One Killed In Interstate Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is looking for a suspect involved in a deadly I-85 shooting. Officers found a man dead inside a car near Beatties Ford Road and Statesville Avenue early Saturday evening. WSOC-TV reports his car hit a second vehicle. Investigators are looking for any tips from witnesses.

Company To Add Hundreds Of Jobs In Gaston County

(Gaston County, NC) -- A new development in Gaston County is expected to provide hundreds of jobs. The Charlotte Business Journal reports the board of commissioners recently agreed to sell nearly 27-acres of land at the Apple Creek Corporate Center. The unnamed company will be investing nearly 50-million-dollars to create around 230 jobs. The plant will specialize in making pre-packaged meals for grocery stores.

Streetcars Begin Operation On Gold Line

(Charlotte, NC) -- Streetcar service on Charlotte's gold line begins today. Five new streetcars will help connect the west end to Elizabeth as part of the line's extension. It includes nearly a dozen additional stops. Riders won't have to pay anything until the beginning of the year.

What's Left Of Hurricane Ida Will Move Across North Carolina On Wednesday

(Raleigh, NC) -- The latest forecast model has the remnants of Hurricane Ida reaching North Carolina by Wednesday. Ida is inland moving over northeast Louisiana and west Mississippi, and is expected to make a turn to the northeast later today. North Carolina residents are urged to remain weather aware, as the outer bands could bring a mixture of scattered showers and thunderstorms, heavy rain, flooding and the possibility of severe weather, including tornadoes.

Section Of Colonial Pipeline Running Through NC Has Been Closed Off

(Raleigh, NC) -- Colonial Pipeline has announced the temporary shutdown of parts of its gas lines as a precautionary measure after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday. Colonial, which has five terminals across North Carolina, has closed off lines 1 and 2 that stretches from Houston to Greensboro. In a statement released Sunday, the company said lines 3-and-4, which fuels from Greensboro to Linden, N.J., are operating as normal. Colonial Pipeline was forced to shut down earlier this year because of a cyber attack.

Bodies Of Two NC Servicemembers Returned To American Soil Sunday

(Raleigh, NC) -- Two of the 13 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week had ties to the state of North Carolina. According to the Pentagon, 23-year-old Sgt. Nicole Gee was a member of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune. And, 23-year-old Sgt. Ryan Knauss was a member of the 1st Special Forces Command out of Ft. Bragg. The remains of both service members were returned to Dover Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Sunday. President Biden joined the grieving families at the airfield for the dignified transfer of all 13 fallen American heroes.

Bomb Threat At N.C. State Residence Hall Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

(Raleigh, NC) -- Students at NC State University were forced to evacuate a building on the campus Sunday after a bomb threat was called in. The incident was first reported shortly before 7 p.m. at the Watauga Residence Hall. In addition to the evacuation, two streets near the building were also closed off to traffic, while bomb squad units from N.C. State and Raleigh Police conducted two separate sweeps of the facility. Around 11:05 p.m., the dorm was given the all-clear and students were allowed to return.

Duke To Require All Faculty, Staff To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

(Durham, NC) -- Officials at Duke University have announced a mandatory vaccine requirement for all employees. In a statement released Sunday, the University said all workers must be fully vaccinated by October 1st or risk losing their jobs. Records show more than 91-percent of the 22-thousand Duke employees are already vaccinated. The statement went on to say that any worker who refuses to get vaccinated without proper exemption will not be eligible to work at the University in the future.


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