Due to hazardous travel conditions (downed trees and power lines) and wide spread power outages that remain, two school districts remain closed Monday:
Orange County Schools (optional teacher work day)
Alamance Burlington Schools
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Carroll says the forecast is clear of frozen precipitation–at least in the near future–and temperatures are projected to be in the 40s Friday.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Carroll on the Friday Morning News.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/thawing-temperatures-way/
Duke Energy Spokesperson Megan Musgrave
Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield
Orange County Public Affairs Director Carla Banks
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens
Carrboro Police Chief Walter Hortonhttp://chapelboro.com/news/weather/checking-community/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sharp says not to get overconfident during the lull in the storm Thursday morning. More winter weather is on its way.
***Listen to the Interview***
RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency ahead of this week’s winter storm.
Before the snow and ice reached Orange County, it was already hitting a major part of the state.
***Listen to The Governor’s Remarks***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/gov-mccrory-addresses-impending-winter-weather/
CHAPEL HILL – Thursday’s severe thunderstorm claimed the life of 20-year-old UNC student Xuezhou Nan–also known as Julia–of Cary, according to a release by UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp.
Orange County Emergency Services Director, Jim Groves says the call came in of a tree down on a person to which Chapel Hill Fire and OC EMS responded.
“She was a 20-year-old female,” Groves says. “She was transported to UNC Emergency Department and later that evening, we received notification that she had passed away.”
In the release from Chancellor Thorp, he says “It is so hard to lose one so young, especially in such a terrible, random and tragic event. I hope that all of you, Julia’s fellow Tar Heels, will keep her family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time.”
Groves says there were several vehicle accidents as a result of the storm but no other events similar to this one.
Roads are still being cleared by the Department of Transportation while power companies are working to restore electricity.
“We’ve still got about 3,000 people without power in the county,” Groves said.
Despite the storm, Groves said that no extra EMS crews had to be called in to respond to emergencies.
From the Office of the Chancellor
Dear Carolina community:
Last night’s storm claimed the life of one of our students, Xuezhou Nan, a 20-year-old senior from Cary. Julia, as she was known, was fatally injured by a falling tree on Franklin Street.
It is so hard to lose one so young, especially in such a terrible, random and tragic event. I hope that all of you, Julia’s fellow Tar Heels, will keep her family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time.
Counseling resources are being made available to the students most immediately affected by her death. Students who feel they need assistance may call Counseling and Wellness Services at (919) 966-2281 during regular operating hours. Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program at (877) 314-5841.