Weather-related closings and delays


I always had lots questions about the weather. Why is it snowing? How do hurricanes form? But it was the tornado that rumbled through my childhood Raleigh home that really peaked my interest. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Atmospheric Science.

A few years later, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. With my degree, I landed my first job at a Fox station in Macon, GA. Tropical storms, flooding rains, tornadoes and drought were some of the weather features that provided a challenge.

Spending four years in Macon can make a North Carolina native home sick. That’s why I am glad to be back in North Carolina, working for Fox 8. Away from work, I like to chase severe thunderstorms, track hurricanes, and hope that one-day NC State gets a good basketball team and cheer loudly for the NC State football team.

Recent Articles
  • Great year for local pumpkin growers

    CLIMAX, N.C. — Halloween is coming up fast. But if you haven’t found your pumpkin yet, you are in luck. Even after a busy weekend, Faylene Whitaker of Whitaker Farms in Climax said there’s plenty of pumpkins to choose from. “We had our fall festival on Saturday and we sold a lot of pumpkins,” Whitaker said “So it’s that time of the year until the end of the month. And after that you can’t give them away.” So from now […]

  • Famous designers donate money to equine rescue group

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Rihanna, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Lopez are some of the stars that wear Badgley Mishka designs. The team is now branching out and launching a furniture line at the High Point Market. But for Mark Badgley and James Mischka, other interests take them to a High Point horse farm. “Mark is a huge equestrian and my family is involved with equestrian activities too,” James Mischka said. “It’s a big part of our lives and to find […]

  • Parts of the Piedmont could see scattered storms on Sunday, marginal risk of severe weather

    Parts of the Piedmont could see scattered showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain and gusty winds on Sunday. Plus, with Tropical Cyclone Nate moving by, there is a marginal risk of severe weather. Today’s thunderstorms could be capable of spinning up brief, weak tornadoes. The main tornado threat will be across the western part of the FOX8 viewing area. So, if you live in the mountains and foothills, be aware of rapidly changing weather. A weak tornado could […]

  • Efforts to preserve farmland in the Piedmont

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — For a lot of us, north High Point is known for busy streets and new neighborhoods that seem to pop up overnight. But Harriet Mattes remembers when life was a lot slower. “We were in the county, we were way out in the country,” Mattes said. Instead of new homes and traffic, you were more likely to see a cow. “We had as many as 300 at time,” Mattes said. “But we were not milking that […]

  • Piedmont Triad preparing for flu season

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The changing leaves are a reminder that it’s time to get your flu shot. That’s why Tonya Davis stopped by Urgent Medical and Family Care in Greensboro. “It’s important because you don’t want to get sick and someone else get sick,” Davis said. “So I protect myself and I try to encourage others to do the same thing.” A bad flu season in Australia has some people worried that the Piedmont is in for a sick season. […]

  • Greensboro police reaching out to community in new ways

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — When you step into the third floor community room at Greensboro police headquarters, it’s clear the department is changing the way it reaches out to neighbors. “It was designed specifically to have a soft approach,” Deputy Chief J.T. Cranford said. “Less police and more of how you would think your own living room would look.” Even though you are at police headquarters, the contemporary furniture, soft lighting and a great view of downtown Greensboro puts you at […]

  • Davidson County improving access to the Yadkin River

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — When you drive into Lexington, there are guide signs directing you to some of the many popular attractions like The Candy Factory. “The governor has been here,” The Candy Factory employee Kenny Searles said. “People from Ireland, Japan, all around the world.” And when their trip brings them back to Davidson County, they stop at the shop. “Candy is like a song,” Searles said. “You get it as a kid and you hear it again and […]

  • Piedmont couple stuck in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria bears down

    After getting married, Jeremy and Haylee Vanhook took off for their romantic honeymoon in Puerto Rico. The couple toured the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and enjoyed the local food. But now their dream vacation is turning into a nightmare. “It’s a little bit eerie,” Jeremy Vanhook said. “It’s eerie,” Haylee Vanhook said. “When you look out on the ocean it’s hazy, it’s getting dark, the wind is picking up.” And the winds will continue to climb as a […]

  • High Point Community Against Violence gets grant

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point organization dedicated to reducing violence is getting financial help. “To run our program, it costs money,” High Point Community Against Violence Executive Director Jim Summey said. “But we know it pays off in the long run.” Online voters picked High Point Community Against Violence to receive a $1,000 Truliant Federal Credit Union community grant. Tadaris Harrington is a High Point Community Against Violence participant. He feels the grant money will help continue the […]

  • Randolph Electric goes to south Georgia to restore power

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Tropical Storm Irma knocked out power to over a million Georgia residents. But help from the Piedmont is on the way. “We got copper wire, pole line hardware,” Randolph Electric’s Jeremy Garner said. “We keep about anything you would need to get a power line up.” Thirty-four members of the Randolph Electric Membership Corporation team are going to Wheeler County, Georgia. Wheeler County sits between Macon and Savannah, Georgia. Randolph Electric says 80 percent of Wheeler County […]

  • Flights canceled at PTI because of Irma

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — With bags packed, travelers at the Piedmont Triad International Airport were ready to go. “Yes, it’s still on,” Paula Nishida said. But Nishida is one of the lucky few. On Monday, Tropical Storm Irma canceled 15 flights out of PTI. Meanwhile hundreds of flights were canceled in Charlotte. The weather canceled thousands of flights in Atlanta. Cassie Williams’ connecting flight to Cleveland was a no-go. “It was a shock,” Williams said, “I was hoping it was still […]

  • Local vineyards harvest grapes before Hurricane Irma

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. – As Jay Raffaldini looks over Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery, he speaks highly about the region and this year’s harvest. “This area is natural for grape growing and in five years we will double the amount of vineyards. I am 100% sure of that,” said Raffaldini, a wine maker. “You will see vines as far as you can see. This area is ground zero for grapes right now.” But Hurricane Irma could wash away Raffaldini’s good feelings. […]