Blue Ridge Energy reports the Sunday/Monday flooding and high winds resulted in more than 2500 customers losing power across the service area.

The Watauga Community Recreation Center will delay its planned opening as a result of COVID-19.

A fire in the Sampson Community last week is under investigation by the US Forest Service.

The N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning for Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties and 24 other counties in western North Carolina.

A fourth Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This case has known travel history and is recovering at home. The local health department staff have identified close contacts who are in quarantine.

Rainfall amounts from Sunday through Monday morning ranged from 2 inches to as much as a 6 inch unofficial report across various areas of Watauga County, and 3-5 inches in other High Country counties, which led to flooding and damaged roads and bridges.

Here are testing numbers for Thursday, April 9, 2020 from AppHealthCare. A positive case count is online and will typically be updated in the afternoons each day.