House Fires Overnight; Winter Storm Watch

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 30 October 2014, from the WBTV News morning team.  John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Be sure to have your television turned on...we go on the air at 4:30 AM and we've got a lot to tell about.

We have details on two area house fires that happened while you were in Davidson and one in Gaston County.  No injuries to report, but significant damage to the homes.  We'll be LIVE with complete details.

A sold out crowd saw the Charlotte Hornets play their first game of the season...and sure got their money's worth!  The game against the Milwaukee Bucks went into overtime and was won on a last second basket.  Now under their new name...the Hornets get their first win, 108 - 106!  We are LIVE with fan reaction.

And it's going to be another big sports night in Charlotte as the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints in NFL action at Bank of America stadium.  At stake in tonight's nationally broadcast game:  sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Plus another major sports story!  South Caldwell High school alum Madison Bumgarner has led the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series. The lefty pitched five scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City last night. It's the Giants' third title in five years.  Bumgarner was named the series MVP!

Heads up for traffic alerts!  We'll tell you about some road closures that are sure to create issues for some drivers this morning.

Scientists on Hawaii's Big Island are continuing to monitor lava flow from the Kilauea volcano, which is approaching homes in the village of Pahoa. The lava flow is threatening to consume its first home, which is about 100 feet away.

State police in Maine plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who's promising to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients. State officials want nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10, when the 21-day incubation for her last possible exposure to Ebola ends.

A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for Ashe and Watauga counties this morning.  A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Avery and Mitchell counties this morning.  Get your complete First Alert Weather forecast from meteorologist Al Conklin.

ALERT CENTER:  No other station can bring you breaking news faster than Kristen Miranda in our Alert Center.  She's constantly monitoring the wire services and other news sources to bring you the very latest information. It's going to be a little cooler today...we may not even make it to 70 degrees here in Charlotte.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV.  Then be sure to switch to the Bounce channel from 7 to 9 AM as WBTV News This Morning continues.  During our 8 AM hour, we have special, in-studio guests.  One of them is going to show us how to make a wonderful treat for the holidays!  You don't want to miss it!