In communication with the Catawba County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the State Meteorologist and the State Emergency Management team this afternoon, it has been determined that for the next 36 hours, our area is under a Tropical Storm Warning. This means that Tropical Storm-force winds (39-73 mph) are expected to be in our area for the next 36 hours. Our expected wind gusts are slated to fall between 20 - 40 mph. We are expecting to receive approximately 2 inches of rain across Catawba County. The heaviest winds and rain are expected to be in our area between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Thursday and the possibility of isolated tornadoes exists during this time period. Power outages due to high winds and saturated ground as well as flooded roads are concerns among County safety officials. With student drivers and buses on the road, high winds and flooded streets are reason for concern and pose a risk to safety.
Because Newton-Conover City Schools has served our students' learning needs via Remote Learning each Friday since the school year began, we will utilize this approach for Thursday (10/29/20) as a safety precaution. Friday (10/30) of this week will remain a Remote Learning Day as planned.
In summary, Newton-Conover City Schools will have a Remote Learning Day due to expected Inclement Weather for Thursday (10/29). Friday (10/30) will remain a Remote Learning Day as planned.