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UNC-Chapel Hill campus on lockdown + What Charlotte can expect from Tropical Storm Idalia

Hey, everyone! Drew here.

Let’s get right to the news.

1. UNC police seek person of interest after ‘armed & dangerous’ person reported on Chapel Hill campus

A screen grab from ABC11 shows a large presence of emergency vehicles on the UNC campus Monday afternoon after reports of an armed and dangerous suspect on campus. ABC11
A screen grab from ABC11 shows a large presence of emergency vehicles on the UNC campus Monday afternoon after reports of an armed and dangerous suspect on campus. ABC11

UNC-Chapel Hill and the surrounding area remain on lockdown while police search for an armed and dangerous person reported on or near campus this afternoon.

The university issued and Alert Carolina emergency message at 1:03 p.m. An update at 2:04 p.m. said the campus “remains on lockdown as the active assailant situation continues.”

“If you are off campus, stay away from campus,” the update warned.

Korie Dean continues to update this story.

2. Storms, heavy rains likely in Charlotte before Idalia landfall on Florida Gulf Coast

This graphic created by the National Weather Service/NCEP Weather Prediction Center (WPC) shows the projected path. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SUN HERALD BOT
This graphic created by the National Weather Service/NCEP Weather Prediction Center (WPC) shows the projected path. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SUN HERALD BOT

As Tropical Storm Idalia approaches the U.S., severe weather is expected in the Charlotte area over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm, which is expected to become a hurricane, is forecast to make landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast late Tuesday night.

Evan Moore on what Charlotte can expect from the impending weather.

3. ‘Devastating news.’ NC furniture maker abruptly shuts down, with hundreds out of work

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture maker in abruptly closed Taylorsville, Statesville and Hiddenite plants citing financial challenges.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture maker in abruptly closed Taylorsville, Statesville and Hiddenite plants citing financial challenges.

Hundreds of workers just lost their jobs after a furniture company about an hour north of Charlotte closed abruptly over the weekend.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams workers were met with signs Saturday on the office door and a gate saying the Taylorsville plant was “unexpectedly” unable to continue business operations.

Catherine Muccigrosso has more on the company’s shutdown.

4. Charlotte office buildings abuzz over newest employees in effort to bring others back

Scott Ross, local bee hobbyist, tends to SPX FLOW’s two beehives. His wife suggested putting hives at the company’s headquarters, and volunteered Ross for the role of beekeeper. Courtesy of SPX FLOW
Scott Ross, local bee hobbyist, tends to SPX FLOW’s two beehives. His wife suggested putting hives at the company’s headquarters, and volunteered Ross for the role of beekeeper. Courtesy of SPX FLOW

Bees? Yes, bees!

Multiple companies here in Charlotte have put up beehives as corporate sustainability projects, and as an attraction to employees. SPX FLOW, an industrial manufacturing company, set up their two hives this summer.

Audrey Elsberry shares more on what’s got Charlotte buzzing.

5. Some more stories to read

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.