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Haywood County was ravaged last night by heavy rains and wind from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

At least were 30 people unaccounted for on Wednesday afternoon after flooding caused evacuations in Haywood County.

The towns of Clyde and Canton were both on boil advisories because their shared water system is shutdown.

Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers was walking around downtown checking on local businesses when BPR spoke with him:

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The greatest effect of Hurricane Florence will be felt along the coast from Bald Head Island to Topsail Beach says Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines Robert Young.

Young, who heads the Western Carolina University program in partnership with Duke, has been studying the coast on many front including helping coastal communities plan for sea level rise and hurricanes.

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It's not often that you see snow at the beach.  Check out live shots of NC beaches at http://www.surfchex.com/

Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon for all eastern and several central North Carolina counties as the state braces for snow and sleet along with bitter cold.

National weather forecasters are calling for an above-average hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today there's a 45 percent chance there will be above-normal storm activity in the Atlantic this year.

NOAA's 2015 Climate Report Part of Alarming Trend

Jan 25, 2016
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2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, according to a report released jointly by NOAA and NASA last week.  The numbers were expected following months of record-breaking heat.  Much of that research and data is compiled at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information based in Asheville.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Deke Arndt, NOAA's Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NCEI.  

Snow Pounding Western North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
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Snow is continuing to fall in western North Carolina.  Forecasters are calling for as much as 14 inches in some parts of the mountains. 

Thousands are without power as snow blankets the region.  For the latest, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams, who spoke with us from his home in Fairview.  We asked him what conditions were like there.

Henderson County is under a state of emergency as snow amounts are averaging around 6 inches.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's office.

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School systems across western North Carolina are starting to grapple with the winter weather, and the inherent problems it causes.  In Transylvania County, they're trying something new to avoid missed instruction time, what they're calling "Virtual Days."  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Transylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey McDaris.  

You can hear that interview by clicking the audio above.  The audio below is a shorter version for broadcast.

A weather pattern influenced by El Nino has turned our late December weather upside down.  Its unusually warm in the Northeast, stormy in the South, and there's plenty of welcome snow out west.  Our weather expert is retired Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Ed Brotak.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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North Carolina's first major winter storm brought snow and ice to western N.C.  The combination of precipitation and cold weather made for a dangerous accumulation of ice on roads and sidewalks.  Walking was treacherous in downtown Asheville, with ice-coated sidewalks offering no grip.  Roads were similarly dangerous. 

*Update: Wednesday 7:02am

Governor Pat McCrory is warning motorists in North Carolina of treacherous road conditions later this week as extremely cold temperatures would freeze or re-freeze what has already fallen.