A long spell of hot, humid weather had the ocean off the southeastern North Carolina coast feeling more like bathwater. The National Weather Service said the water was 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) at Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier in Wrightsville Beach on Friday. That's the warmest the water has been since measurements were first taken in 2004. National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Pfaff says that the record water temperature was caused by the hot, humid air over the region which never allowed temperatures to dip much. Locally, for your week upcoming look for a high of 86 Monday, 90 on Tuesday, 88 Wednesday, 85 Thursday, back to 88 on Friday and near 90 on Saturday. There is a slight chance for rain Wednesday night and Thursday, otherwise it will be a sunny week.
Authorities say a Virginia man choked to death after swallowing an apparent bag of cocaine during a police raid. News outlets report 52-year-old William Tucker of Waynesboro died Friday. Police say a drug task force and a Waynesboro police SWAT team arrived at a Waynesboro home Friday morning for a drug investigation. When they entered, police say they found Tucker forcing a bag filled with white powder into his mouth. Police say Tucker lost consciousness while resisting attempts to remove the bag. He was declared dead at a hospital. Police are continuing their investigation.
Martinsville beat Edenton last night 7-5. They don’t play again until Wednesday against High Point and aren’t back home at Hooker Field until Friday, July 13th. At the All-Star break, Martinsville finds themselves at 500 with a record of 15 and 15. 6 games out of first. There are 18 games left in the 48 game season.