Update for Thursday April 7, 2022

BOYD HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE — A fire believed to be started by a portable water heater destroyed a manufactured home near County Road 4770 and Farm Road 730 south of Boyd Wednesday. Two residents, a man and his daughter, were at the residence when the fire started. The two were able to get outside the home without injuries. The home was declared a total loss. The fire was reported around 5 p.m. Steady winds rapidly pushed the fire through the house. Firefighters from Boyd, Briar-Reno, Newark, Rhome, Paradise and the Wise County Fire Marshal were able to contain the blaze from spreading to surrounding homes. Wise County EMS medics also responded to the fire.

Update for Wednesday, April 6, 2022

WHS DISCHARGES LAST COVID-19 PATIENT — Wise Health System reached a new milestone in the long battle against COVID-19 Monday. The lone COVID-19 positive patient was discharged from the hospital. “The last date our facility didn’t have a COVID patient was July 1, 2021,” said WHS Director of Communications and Marketing Shannon Spann. Statewide hospitalizations have also plummeted. As of Monday, there were 957 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide. In Trauma Service Area E, which includes Wise County and the Metroplex, 1.27 percent of hospitalizations were for the virus. Since March 2020, 269 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the county.

Update for Tuesday, April 5, 2022

STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER — Strong wind gusts and lightning strikes from last night’s severe weather left hundreds without power. Oncor crews worked to restore power to 220 customers in Wise County, primarily in the Boyd and Rhome area. Just before 11 p.m., Oncor reported 46 customers without power. As of 7:15 a.m., 25 customers remained out in Boyd and Chico. “Tree trimmers are working in the areas to clear some downed vegetation so lines can be repaired,” Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said. Large hail was reported in the Rhome and New Fairview areas. Rainfall totals included 2.3 inches in Greenwood, 1.3 in Decatur, 1.16 in Alvord, 1.03 in Bridgeport and 0.5 in Cottondale.

Update for Monday, April 4, 2022

SEVERE STORMS EXPECTED — Severe thunderstorms are expected this evening and tonight across the area, according to the National Weather Service. Storms are expected to form to the west along a stalled front and dryline during the late afternoon and evening hours before moving eastward overnight. Main threats include hail, damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes. Chance of precipitation overnight is 100 percent.

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