Snow snow and more snow.
Coming up next on news 7 at five- live reports from all around the region-
as Virginians dig out.
Shovel when you can, we have a few good days before our next batch of snow on
And digging out from under.
Before you get too far--
On Health Check, physicians have some advice-- they don't want you to end
up in the emergency room.
The snow finally stopped falling-- now the digging out is underway-- but
what lies ahead for Southwest and Central Virginia?
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Even though the snow has stopped the affects of the white stuff are being
felt all over the region.
Driving is difficult and major airports are still closed.
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Ron Jones is in Roanoke with an update.
(Ron ad libs)
(roll cue:"...and they want out now!")
IN Q=The Roanoke Regional Airport
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Salem Resident; :20 quick
SUPER=01-Leroy Johnson/Salem Resident; :25 quick
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT Administrator; :39
OUT Q=still is in control.
(( The Roanoke Regional Airport is frozen.
Empty gates, cancelled flights, and snow draped planes.
The highway even looked like a barren waste land-- spotty traffic at best.
But neighborhoods are bustling.
Folks trying to tunnel their way to freedom and food-- and relieve
themselves of cabin fever.
((BETH POFF/SALEM RESIDENT: I GET CABIN FEVER REALLY BAD THAT'S WHY I'M TRYING
TO GET OUT. NOT JUST GO TO THE STORE BUT TO JUST GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((LEROY JOHNSON/SALEM RESIDENT: I GOT TWO KIDS, TWO TEENAGED KIDS AND THEY'RE
CABIN FEVER... I AM TOO.))
Some neighbors are working in teams... and at times the heavy artillery
comes to the rescue.
VDOT officials are asking for patience.
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: IN SOME OF THESE COUNTIES IT MAY BE SEVERAL
DAYS BEFORE WE REALLY BEGIN TO SEE ANY GREAT PROGRESS IN TERMS OF THE TOTAL
NUMBER OF ROADS THAT WE OPEN. AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS A FRUSTRATION TO THE
PUBLIC AND THE PEOPLE THAT DRIVE BUT SOMETIMES MOTHER NATURE IS STILL IS IN
(Ron ad libs/toss to Patrick)
LIVE TOSS RON TO PATRICK FULL
(PATRICK AD LIB)
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There's a highway helpline for those who must travel today.
SS/Full=Highway Number 1070
That number is 1-800-367-Road. That's 1-800-367-Road.
SS=Pinnacle #s 1020
Roanoke city has created a phone bank for non-emergency calls, because of so
many calls on Roanoke's 9-1-1 center.
Residents should call the phone bank with non-emergency questions.
Those numbers are:
The winter storm that may be the worst Virginia's seen this century has left
five people dead statewide.
Additionally, a private plane disappeared over the Chesapeake Bay Saturday.
But officials at the state Emergency Operations Center say in some ways this
storm is less dangerous than the ice storms in 1994 -- when a million were
without power statewide.
IN Q=When we get
((GEORGE FORESMAN/VA. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS: WHEN WE GET THIS LIGHT, FLUFFY
SNOW, ONE ADVANTAGE IS IT DOESN'T BUILD UP ON THE POWER LINES, IT DOESN'T BUILD
UP ON THE TREE LIMBS. THE DISADVANTAGE IS IT BLOWS QUITE EASILY. SO YOU
EXCHANGE A GOOD FOR A BAD. BUT WE WOULD JUST PREFER TO HAVE THE LIGHT POWDERY
SUPER=01-George Foresman/Va. Emergency Operations;
OUT Q=powdery stuff.
The Governor's state of emergency is still in effect, and 20 localities have
also declared emergencies.
A cargo plnae crashed into a marketplace in Zaire today-
U-S officials say as many as 300 people may have died.
The Russian-made plane had just taken off from a downtown airport when it
plummeted to the ground.
It skidded across a street and plowed into cars and the marketplace.
No word on a cause.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
More LIVE snow coverage coming up with reports blanketing Danville,
Lynchburg and the New River Valley.
And ambassadors say they have lost a great friend-- following the death of
former French president Francois Mitterrand.
On Health Check--
What the snow situation means for scheduled elective surgeries and dialysis
Plus, some advice on maneuvering your way around the pharmacy, while
looking for the best cold and flu remedies.
Steve has sledding highlights--
A full report in tonight's Ticker-- stick around.
A family of ten in Lynchburg is looking for shelter tonight after fire
forced them from their home this afternoon.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.
Steve, there's never a good time to have a fire, but was this an especially
tough day for firefighters?
It sure was Jean...getting to the fire wasn't a problem
because it was on a main road, but crews did encounter some trouble putting it
It happened just before 3 at 22- 08 Memorial Avenue.
Authorities say a woodstove apparently sparked a blaze that spread to the
second floor of the home, filling it with smoke.
Firefighters had to dig out a hydrant buried in four feet of snow, and
accessing the fire through a second floor window was especially treacherous.
IN Q=It's an awful
((DAVID ST. CLAIR/LYNCHBURG FIRE COMMANDER: IT'S AN AWFUL TIME TO HAVE ONE IN
CONDITIONS LIKE THIS, THE SNOW HAMPERED US FROM GETTING ON THE ROOF, GETTING
ACCESS TO THE BUILDING. AS YOU CAN SEE WE CAN'T GET AROUND THE SIDES OF IT LIKE
WE'D LIKE TO. IT'S AWFUL TREACHEROUS AND IT ADDS AN ELEMENT OUR GUYS ARE NOT
USED TO WORKING WITH. IT'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T TRAIN ON, AND IT'S SOMETHING WE
EXPECT, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE DON'T TRAIN ON AND IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WHEN ACTUALLY GET A FIRE LIKE THIS.))
SUPER=01-David St. Clair/Lynchburg Fire Commander; :00
OUT Q=a fire like this.
Fortunately, everyone who was inside the house when the fire broke out got
They probably will be spending the night at the Salvation Army while they
look for a more permanent place to stay.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville bureau...
Steve, as the sun started to make its presence, so did Southside residents.
In Danville, the streets were virtually deserted this morning, but by
mid-afternoon the city was beginning to bounce back.
IN Q=Well we got
SUPER=01-Bobby Bryant/Hardee's Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Hutson/Branch Manager; :24
SUPER=07-Steve Belosky; :45
OUT Q=long enough.
IN Q=Well we got a lot of
((BOBBY BRYANT/HARDEE'S MANAGER: WELL, WE GOT A LOT OF CUSTOMERS THAT ARE
USUALLY HERE EVERY MORNING SO WE LIKE TO BE HERE FOR THEM, I MEAN THEY'RE HERE
FOR US, SO WE'RE GOING TO RETURN THE FAVOR. ))
OUT Q=the favor.
Bobby Bryant is one of the few who ventured into the virtual Winter
Wonderland early this morning.
By lunch, folks were lining up, especially those who'd worked up an appetite
However, some businesses, like the Cooperative Savings Bank, decided to
enjoy a three day weekend.
IN Q=If they
((BOB HUTSON/BRANCH MANAGER:IF THEY WANT TO CONDUCT BUSINESS THEY EXPECT YOU TO
BE OPEN, IT'S A HARD DECISION BUT IN SNOW LIKE THIS YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT HARD
DECISION TO CLOSE. ))
OUT Q=to close.
There was a positive side, by not having to work, many homeowners were able
to take their time shoveling out.
Others, like Steve Belosky, turned the snow into money.
IN Q=It's getting
((STEVE BELOSKY: IT'S GETTING ME IN MY LOWER BACK, IT'S PROBABLY GETTING HIM
TOO, IT REALLY IS. REPORTER SPEAKS: BUT YOU SAY THE MONEY'S WORTH IT? STEVE
BELOSKY: YEAH, YEAH, IT'S WORTH IT IF YOU CAN STAY WITH IT LONG ENOUGH. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Belosky; :00
OUT Q=long enough.))
At six, we'll visit a Danville business that decided to open for the day and
is actually running out of supplies.
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Let's now head to Blacksburg where Tracy Altizer's been wading through the
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Teresa, I don't know about the Danville area, but here in the New River
Valley we're putting up with some nasty wind.
You may not be able to see it very well where I'm standing.
But the snow blows around so hard it stings your skin, and it's making
efforts to dig out more than a little frustrating.
IN Q=I got my
SUPER=01-Ray Page/Christiansburg Resident; 00
SUPER=01-John Thompson/VDOT Asst. Resident Engineer; 09
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; 14
OUT Q=signs of life.
((RAY PAGE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: I GOT MY CAR OUT THIS MORNING, OUT OF THE
DRIVEWAY, AND JUST THIS AFTERNOON IT ALREADY BLEW IT RIGHT BACK OVER TOP. ))
((JOHN THOMPSON/VDOT ASST. RESIDENT ENGINEER: THE WIND IS CAUSING US THE MOST
PROBLEMS. THAT'S CREATING A SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=drifting problem.
The wind is so bad we're actually seeing some grassy hillsides.
Thompson says the drifting is most troublesome along the secondary roads,
most of which he says are impassable for anything other than four-wheel drive
vehicles, and even they're having problems.
As for Interstate 81, it's looking good at this point, and most of the
other primary roads are looking much better also, though many are still
Despite the difficulties, the digging-out process is in full swing, and
though most businesses remain closed, by early this afternoon we were seeing a
few more signs of life around here.
Right now, keep your fingers crossed that the wind will die down so crews
won't have to double-back and re-clear roads they had already cleared
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(QUESTION: What's the time-range prediction for those secondaries?)
There's also big time snow in the Big Apple--
Up next-- a look at Mother Nature's wrath on the Northeast-- Don't go away.
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France is mourning the loss of its former leader-
Francois Mitterrand died this morning-
This afternoon a moment of silence at the United nations.
((SIR JOHN WESTON/SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: IN RECENT YEARS PRESIDENT
MITTERRAND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE PROCESS OF THE UNIFICATION OF EUROPE.))
SUPER=01-Sir John Weston/Security Council President;
OUT Q=UNIFICATION OF EUROPE."
Mitterrand lead the country for 14 years.
He stepped down last year suffering from Prostate Cancer.
Mitterand was 79.
It's not just this area, but much of the East that's under a blanket of
Philadelphia broke a record with more than 30 inches.
So much snow, even fire trucks got stuck.
((IT'S REAL BAD. ITS THE WORST I'VE SEEN IT. ))
OUT Q=WORST I'VE SEEN IT."
In New York City 27 and a half inches fell- turning usually busy streets
into pedestrian walkways.
((GEORGE PATAKI/NEW YORK GOVERNOR: THIS IS STILL VERY DANGEROUS. IT'S NOT JUST
THE SNOW IT'S THE COLD AND THE WIND.))
SUPER=01-George Pataki/New York Governor; :00 very quick!
OUT Q=the cold and the wind."
Most major airports across the Northeast were closed-
With hotels booked, many folks spent the night in the airport.
In D-C and elsewhere people had trouble getting around-
Some traded their trucks for possibly a better option- skies.
toss to robin
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How is this snow for sledding? Steve will tell us in tonight's Two Minute
And on Health Check--
Some safety concerns, as Southwest Virginia unearths itself.
E-R- physicians are urging caution when shoveling snow, when sledding.
Not only can injuries be avoided- but so can hypothermia.
IN Q=So it's something
((SO IT'S SOMETHING TO WATCH OUT FOR. PROPER DRESS, NOT GETTING STUCK OUT IN
THE COLD, THINKING IN ADVANCE BEFORE YOU GO OUT IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND
CHECKING ON PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. ))
OUT Q=of themselves.
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At emergency rooms around the region, they're bracing for an increase in
traffic-- as people start digging out from under the snow.
IN Q=Think about
SUPER=01-Dr. Evelyn Manetta/Carilion E.R. Physician; :00
SUPER=07-Rick McGarry; :59
SUPER=07-Loren Thomas; 1:13 quick
OUT Q=driveway (LAUGHS)
IN Q=Think about
((DR. EVELYN MANETTA/CARILION E.R. PHYSICIAN: THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU
DO IT. MOST OF THE TIME YOU CAN GO OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME IN THE COLD, BUT
YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT AND PLAN FOR IT.))
OUT Q=plan for it.
Things to be mindful of, so you don't end up in the E.R.:
Hypothermia-- just because the temperatures aren't at sub-zero, hypothermia
can still be a problem-- it can be triggered by being out too long and being
too wet, or drinking alcohol.
Children should be bundled up, with adults supervising their sledding.
Also, it can't be said enough-- shoveling snow can be hazardous to your
IN Q=If you have
((DR. EVELYN MANETTA/CARILION E.R. PHYSICIAN: IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT TO SHOVEL
SNOW, BE CAREFUL IF YOU FEEL NAUSEA, DIZZINESS, LIGHTHEADED SENSATION, ANY
CHEST PAIN OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH TO STOP IMMEDIATLY, GO BACK IN AND IF YOUR
SYMPTOMS PERSIST MAKE SURE YOU PHONE YOUR PHYSICIAN OR SEEK CARE FOR THOSE
TYPES OF SYMPTOMS.))
OUT Q=of symptoms.
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IN Q=NAT SOUND SHOVELING
OUT Q=NAT SOUND SHOVELING
But with their cars under several feet of the white stuff, many people
just couldn't avoid the shovel today.
IN Q=I've really
((RICK MCGARRY: I'VE REALLY ONLY BEEN WORKING ON THIS ABOUT TEN OR FIFTEEN
MINUTES BUT IT WILL BE AN HOUR OR MORE, ASSUMING THAT I STILL HAVE THE STAMINA
TO START ON THE SIDEWALK BUT I'M NOT SURE.))
OUT Q=not sure.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=I didn't realize
((LOREN THOMAS: I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW BAD OF SHAPE I WAS IN UNTIL I WENT, GEE,
THAT'S A REALLY LONG DRIVE WAY. ))
OUT Q=drive way, LAUGHS
Also,-- don't forget to check on the elderly, and use common sense in
everything this week.
A few other notes-- elective surgeries have been postponed at many
facilities-- with only urgent surgeries being schedules.
For dialysis patients around the region, transportation has been a
problem-- the National Guard and rescue squads have been helping with that, as
most patients must undergo treatment at least three times a week.
If you do know a dialysis patient, and you've got four wheel drive, your
services might be needed.
The snow storm falls right on schedule with flu season-- so many people are
not only snow-bound, they're stuck at home without medication.
IN Q=My head is
SUPER=01-John Stofko/Pharmacist; :14
IN Q=My head is
((MY HEAD IS ALL STUFFED AND MY NOSE IS RUNNING. ))
OUT Q=is running.
If you are lucky enough to make it out to one of the few open pharmacies, it
may be difficult to decide what to take.
The advice-- identify the specific symptom you want to treat.
IN Q=An example
((JOHN STOFKO/PHARMACIST: AN EXAMPLE IF YOU LOOK AT THESE 2 DIFFERENT PRODUCTS
ONE IS SUDAFED - A NASAL DECONGESTANT - WHEREAS THE OTHER PRODUCT IS "SEVERE
COLD FORMULA". THIS CONTAINS 3 OR 4 DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS WHEN IN FACT YOU'RE
JUST INCREASING THE LIKELIHOOD OF ADVERSE AFFECTS BY USING 3-4 DIFFERENT
SUPER=01-John Stofko/Pharmacist; :
OUT Q=different ingredients.
Decongestants open airways, making breathing easier-- but they can cause
nervousness or insomnia.
Antihistamines stop a runny nose and sneezing, but can make you sleepy.
Cough suppressants reduce the urge to cough but can also make you drowsy.
Expectorants can loosen a tight chest and are often combined with a cough
It's important to take only the reccommended dose of any medication.
IN Q=This is an
((THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT - AFRIN - IT HAS ONE SINGLE INGREDIENT-EACH
DOSE WILL LAST 12 HOURS. THE CAUTION I WOULD GIVE IS TO ONLY USE IT 3-4 DAYS
OR YOU RISK HAVING REBOUND CONGESTION.))
That is-- your nose becomes addicted to the product, and you end up with
even worse congestion.
Another consideration-- cost.
Generic brands often have the exact same ingredients as expensive brand
Also, if you get to a doctor early enough-- Amantadine or Flumantadine can
Besides shoveling, what can you do in this snow?
OUr own snow man Steve Mason has some answers.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday two minute ticker as we
continue to dig out from the snow, find ways to entertain ourselves and somehow
get around in this stuff.
Traveling was still slow for most folks in the city late this afternoon,
including those who were trying to have some fun on a sled.
The downhill runs near the Memorial street bridge and close to Fishburne Park
were just average, as the depth of the snowfall made for some tough sledding.
IN Q="You gotta go down...
((DANNY STANLEY/FRUSTRATED SLEIGH RIDER:))
SUPER=01-Danny Stanley/Frustrated Sleigh Rider; :00
OUT Q=...ON THE WAY UP."
One person who has not had a problem getting around the valley in the snow is
The former Buffalo, New York resident has been outrunning most vehicles on
his cross country skis.
IN Q="This is probably...
((T.C. CLARK/CROSS COUNTRY SKIER:))
SUPER=01-T.C. Clark/Cross Country Skier; :00
OUT Q=...20 MILE SKI."
Local, regional and national level sporting events have been sidelined.
The Radford and Roanoke mens basketball games have been postponed as has the
Liberty/UNC Greensboro game.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MI/Yesterday; :00
Age not weather might have gotten the best of Kansas City Chief running
back Marcus Allen. After his team lost to the Colts in the AFC playoffs; the 35
year old indicated his plans for next year were unclear.
((MARCUS ALLEN/KANSAS CITY TAILBACK:))
SUPER=01-Marcus Allen/Kansas City Tailback; :00
OUT Q=..for a while"
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
One baseball note. Today; The San Francisco Giants signed free agent short stop
Shawn Dunston for a reported deal worth 1.5 million dollars. The 32 year old is
a career .265 hitter in 11 years.
Mike Stevens will preview this week's NASCAR Media Tour but there is more
news 7 at 5 to come.
The celebrity killer whaler made the voyage to his new home safely.
Keiko made his first public appearance today at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
The ailing star of the Free Willy movies was living in poor conditions in
Mexico for the past ten years.
The movies brought attention to his plight--prompting schoolchildren across
the country to raise money.
His new tank is four times the size of his old home.
He's fed 300-pounds of fresh fish daily.
The price tag-- just over seven million dollars.
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Coming up at Six, Governor George Allen takes a deep breath and looks back
at the midpoint of his term.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
It's been a rollercoaster ride so far for George Felix Allen.
But the Governor says he's learned a little along the way.
((I THINK DIPLOMACY'S VERY IMPORTANT.))
OUT Q=very important.
The Governor who promised to kick Democrats' "soft teeth down their whiny
throats" says he now knows he'll get better results if he gets legislators more
George Allen reflects -- on both the good and and the bad.
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That story and more snow stuff In 30-minutes on NEWS 7 at SIX.
ANd don't forget we've got school closings coming up in just a few
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 at FIVE-- goodnight.