Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in recorded history, left a wide path of destruction across Florida and Georgia, destroying or damaging almost everything in its path and killing at least two people. And it’s not done yet.
Michael finally weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday, no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph winds. But it was still menacing the Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spinoff tornadoes, soaking areas swamped by epic flooding last month from Hurricane Florence.
The storm was a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore. More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to evacuate, but it moved so fast that people didn’t have much time to prepare, and many ignored the warnings, thinking they could ride it out.
The storm affected many here in our region as well, raising the levels of creeks and rivers in Roan Mountain Thursday, causing floodwaters to block roads and wash out parts of others when they receded. Much of Western North Carolina and Southern Virginia experienced flooding as well. This is just the latest in a series of devastating storm events to hit the East Coast, and many hope it will finally begin to dawn on certain politicians that climate change is real and imminent.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday that a man who had recently been charged with second-degree murder died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
64-year-old Steve Mack Miller was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center, where he was declared deceased, after being severely wounded inside a residence. Miller was out on bond, after being charged in the Sept. 7 shooting of Alan Lyle Jansma in the parking lot of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Hampton.
One of the biggest high school football games in recent memory is being played tonight in Greenville, as the Elizabethton Cyclones travel to face the Greene Devils in a battle of unbeatens.
Elizabethton, is ranked No. 3 in Tennessee Class 4A, and travels to take on No. 1-ranked, defending state champion Greeneville with the Region 1 title on the line. Both teams are 3-0 in league play and 7-0 overall, and neither team has had much of a challenge this year, with the exception of Elizabethton’s 36-34 season-opening win over Science Hill — a team the Greene Devils beat 42-0.
Should be a good one, folks.
If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, Elizabethton is also hosting it’s first-ever craft beer event, The Betsy Crafts and Drafts Festival. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Joe O’Brien field in Elizabethton, There will be great beer and food on hand, live music and inflatables, and plenty of activities for the whole family.
Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay a bit to partake at the beer garden.
I’ll be joining several other musicians throughout the day, and play a short set sometime around 1 or so, so if you get a chance, come on down.