5 things you need to know Tuesday December 5, 2017

1. Grab your jackets: An arctic blast is coming

While the mild weather of the past few weeks was welcome, Tuesday's forecast is a sign that winter is definitely still coming. An arctic blast is set to hit central and eastern parts of the country, including the Carolinas, bringing frigid temperatures. It will be so cold that parts of Florida will see nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s.  And unlike previous cold snaps this fall, this one looks to stay around for a while, potentially until the first day of winter on Dec. 21, according to AccuWeather. Click here for the First Warn Storm Team's full forecast.

2. CMPD: There's concern about missing 33-year-old's safety

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is asking the public to keep an eye out for a missing 33-year-old woman. Megan Stack left her south Charlotte home, located on Cloister Drive, around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Since then, she hasn't returned home and her whereabouts are unknown, CMPD said. 

"There is concern about her safety," CMPD said in a press release.

Stack was last seen wearing a maroon jacket, pants and black boots. She was driving a dark grey 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe with a paper tag. Stack is a white female standing at 5'4" and weighing around 110 lbs. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Click here to view photo.

3. Students coming together to honor classmate killed in log truck accident

Students at a local high school will gather Tuesday to remember one of their classmates who died in an accident one week ago.15-year-old Wesley Oliver was riding to Hibriten High School with his father last week when their pickup hit a log coming out of the back of a logging truck. The crash happened on November 28 near Wilkesboro Boulevard and Taylorsville Road SE in Lenoir, less than a mile from the high school. Oliver was pronounced dead on scene. Students at Hibriten High will wearing Carolina Panther blue in honor of their friend. They'll also attend at memorial service in the gym at 2:10 p.m.

4. Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that President Trump's immigration travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries can take full effect while legal challenges against the latest version are still tied up in courts. The high court's identical orders in two challenges to the ban mean that most travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad cannot enter the United States while the cases proceed.

Lower courts had exempted more travelers who they said had "bona fide" connections to the United States, such as the grandparents and in-laws of citizens. Those exemptions mirrored ones designed by the Supreme Court in June, when the justices allowed only part of an earlier, temporary travel ban. The new ban, issued in September, is of indefinite length. Click here to continue reading.

5. Flu, whooping cough spreading in North Carolina

Across the country, there were 7,000 confirmed cases of the flu, which is double the number of cases we saw this time last year. And here in North Carolina, we’re also seeing an outbreak of whooping cough.

“If you drink fluids, get enough sleep, exercise, generally you’re okay,” suggested one woman.

But even those of us not prone to sickness is catching the contagious flu virus. And 13 cases of whooping cough have been reported in Henderson County. Both illnesses easily spread through tiny droplets when people cough or sneeze. Both are potentially dangerous, especially for children and the elderly. It’s why a doctor came up with the Sneez app, allowing local parents to track illnesses going around their child’s school. Click here to read more.

© 2017 WCNC.COM


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