Humberto has now become the third hurricane in the Atlantic this season. Winds are now sustained at 75 mph and is moving slowly NE at 3 mph. This NE motion is expected to shift more to the East and accelerate away from the US mainland. Humberto is moving away from the Bahamas and is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane later in the week. While the storm is not expected to come ashore, its swells could still affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.
A 19-year-old man is dead after a farm tractor accident in Patrick County. According to the sheriff’s office, Brandon Lee France, 19, of Stuart, was injured while working on a farm tractor Saturday at his home on Big A School Road. Crews responded around 4 p.m. France was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he died.
A 12-year-old who was visiting relatives in Hot Springs was struck by lightning and died Sunday. The Bath County Sheriff’s Office received a call Saturday afternoon that the child had been struck by lightning. When rescue workers arrived, the 12-year-old had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. The boy was revived by ER staff. Because of the weather, the child was transported to Roanoke Carilion Hospital by ambulance. He died at 11:23 a.m. on Sunday. No other details of his identity will be released due to the victim’s age and to ensure the privacy of the family.
Myajah Dillard, the daughter of Dante and LaTasha Long, was threatened by a group of female students and later beaten by one of them a year ago while a sophomore at Martinsville High School. She has sued Principal Aji Dixon, Superintendent Zebedee Talley, and school resource officer Shane McPeek for $1.25 million for not seeing to her safety after they were informed of the threats. The Martinsville Bulletin reports that the officials being sued have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of proof.
The three candidates for Henry County Sheriff are scheduled to attend a public session at the Oak Level Ruritan Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff Lane Perry, John Cassell and Jerry Farmer are expected to make comments and take questions from the floor. Reed Creek District school board member Teddy Martin and supervisor Tommy Slaughter also are scheduled to attend. The club is located off Oak Level Road, behind Oak Level Baptist Church.