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8 incredible storm photos from Wednesday

Here are 8 incredible photos of the storms that moved across the Piedmont yesterday. All 8 photos were submitted by viewers using Facebook and the photo submission tool in the new FOX8 app:

Poolside lightning in High Point (Credit: Gabbi Peters)1. Poolside lightning in High Point (Credit: Gabbi Peters)

Code Orange Alert Issued for Triad Counties Wednesday

Code Orange Alert Issued for Triad Counties Wednesday

Code Orange air quality alerts have been issued for Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Davidson, Randolph, Rockingham, Caswell, Davie and Stokes counties for Wednesday.

A Code Orange alert is called when air pollution levels are predicted to become Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.  

Code Orange levels are between 101 and 150 on the Air Quality Index.  

The alert should be short-lived as a backdoor cold front will approach the area on Thursday. Increased clouds and instability will limit ozone production and keep levels yellow.

Source: The Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department.

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Fire Reported in High Point Home Monday

Fire Reported in High Point Home Monday

A High Point home suffered considerable damage in an early morning fire Monday, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

The fire was reported at 1147 Roberts St. at 5:08 a.m. Monday, according to the High Point Fire Department.

A man inside escaped unharmed and no injuries were reported, the paper reported.

The fire department said the fire and it started in a bedroom from electrical problems.

No further details were provided.

Source: The Greensboro News & Record.

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High Point School to Raise Funds for Japan

High Point School to Raise Funds for Japan

Oak View Elementary in High Point is trying to raise $1,500 for the victims the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

The school will host a Zumbathon fundraiser from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in its gymnasium at 614 Oakview Drive.

Zumbathon is a Latin-inspired aerobics class. It will be taught by Vanessa Esquivel, a teacher and certified Zumba instructor.

Tickets cost $5 and can be bought at the door or from the school in advance.

All proceeds will be sent to the High Point Red Cross Relief Fund for Japan, the paper reported.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on March 11 that caused tsunami waves and nuclear turmoil.

The destruction caused more than 14,000 confirmed deaths, about 5,000 injuries and has left about 12,000 people missing.

Call Esquivel at 819-2935 for more information or visit Zumba.com.

High Point Names Interim Fire Chief

High Point Names Interim Fire Chief

High Point officials announced Monday that Battalion Chief Kenneth Lee Knight will serve as interim chief of the High Point Fire Department.

The search is currently underway for a permanent replacement to Chief David Taylor, who retires May 1, according to the paper.

Knight is a 22-year veteran with the department and has held various positions in the agency, the paper reported.

He started as a firefighter in 1989 and rose to the rank of fire equipment operator in 1995. He was then promoted to captain in 1997 and battalion chief in 2005.

To read the full story visit the High Point Enterprise.

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Triad to Get First Hard Freeze

Mother Nature has decided to seemingly skip Fall altogether, as temperatures will drop into the 20s across most of the region.

Freeze Warnings are in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday for all counties in the Triad viewing area, except for extreme northern and western counties. Freeze warnings are normally only given for the first hard freeze of the season, and those counties have already experienced their first freezes.

Neighborhood Storm Scenes: Double Rainbow over Trinity

Emily Banks, a FOX8 viewer from Trinity, sent us this picture of a double rainbow over her house that appeared after the storm on Wednesday afternoon.