06:00-01

HEADLINES

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VO-NAT


There's no place to land, no place to drive and not much open even if you could get there.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


The Blizzard of '96 has buried Virginia. wx-head
(beth ad lib/live)

live-head
(larry ad lib)


larry-Hello

Morning-Wx


ANCHOR=Beth toss to Joe
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE# 95-97
GRAPHIC=Beth 2 shot


The Roanoke Valley is still under the state of emergency declared by the governor and local officials over the weekend.
Joe Dashiell is here this morning with more on that.
Joe, how has western Virginia fared overnight?
LIVE=joe/full
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
SUPER=@Joe1;


Beth, it appears that it was a relatively quiet night.
Roanoke's phone bank took a couple of dozen calls. One person took advantage of the shelter.
No reports of any weather- related emergencies beyond the normal difficulties that deep snow presents.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


While the snowfall has stopped, the winds have picked up overnight, and local officials are worried about drifting...
Emergency Services are also bracing for more business, as people get up and try to get out.
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SOT
IN Q=We were busy yesterday

(( ))
SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Roanoke Emergency Services;
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OUT Q=hinders emergency operations.
ANCHOR=joe/full
SUPER=05-Roanoke;


Members of the Virginia Army National Guard geared up yesterday and they are now assisting state police, area hospitals and local governments.
Melanie, with many businesses and schools closed today, officials are hoping most folks will lay low today... stay off the road.
(joe toss to mel)
(mel=q and a: How bad are the roads this morning?)


Snow-Today


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE# edit of 95-100
GRAPHIC=Winter Wx


Roanoke city has also created a phone bank for non-emergency calls.
SS=Pinnacle #'s


The storm has brought an avalanche of calls on Roanoke City's 9-1-1 center.
Officials are asking residents to call the phone bank for non-emergency questions.
Those numbers are:
981-2417
981-2725
981-2609
981-2550
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


And as you can imagine, traveling is treacherous when there's more than two feet of snow on the ground.
Department of Transportation officials say all roads are snow covered, even the interstates, so try to stay off the roads.
Abandoned cars make it difficult for emergency vehicles to reach those in need.
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Montgomery-Co


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE# 95-106
GRAPHIC=Winter-Wx


The Weather word for the day in the New River Valley is Paralysis.
The region is buried under two feet of snow this morning.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Jan Jackson/NWS Meteorologist; :16
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Yesterday; :21
SUPER=01-Matt Carroll/Christiansburg Rescue Squad; :42
SUPER=01-Lynn Barry/Floyd Resident; :57 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Adele Hobday/Blacksburg Resident; 1:00
SUPER=@Tracy1; 1:05
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OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.

(( Amid the biggest snowstorm since the Blizzard of '93, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg lost its radar. But officials were still able to determine that Old Man Winter did a number on the New River Valley.
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SOT 16:14:39

((JAN JACKSON/NWS METEOROLOGIST: THE HARDEST HIT AREA EXTENDS FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY AND THEN UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, UP THROUGH CRAIG AND ALLEGHENY AND BATH COUNTIES, UP THAT WAY. ))
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The mounds of snow proved too much for even a Norfolk Southern train loaded with grain.
Eighty-one cars derailed in Montgomery County, fortunately nobody was hurt.
And minor accidents were the order of the day on interstate 81, as V-DOT crews found it difficult to keep up with the storm.
Police and rescue officials say motorists who don't have to be out make their jobs tougher.
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SOT 15:13:17

((MATT CARROLL/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: IT TAKES US A LONG TIME TO GET TO THE CALLS THAT WE NEED TO RESPOND TO, AND THE OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, THEY NEET TO STAY OFF THE ROADS SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH. ))
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SOT nat of shoveling
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For many, that won't be a problem, because it may take days just to dig out.
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SOT 13:01:44

((I LIVE IN FLOYD AND I'M STRANDED IN BLACKSBURG. ))
SOT 13:02:52

((QUESTION: WHAT BRINGS YOU OUT HERE? ADELE HOBDAY/BLACKSBURG RESIDENT: GROCERIES. MY CAR IS STUCK. THERE'S NO WAY MY CAR WILL GET OUT SO I HAVE TO WALK.))
RUNS=:09


If you do have to go out in a vehicle, be advised that VDOT has classified the roads in the New River Valley as condition five, which means snow tires or chains are required, and there are minor drifting problems in some locations. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))

Lynchburg-Wx


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE# 95-111
GRAPHIC=Winter-Wx


Parts of central Virginia also picked up more than two feet of snow, and while there were no major accidents, rush hour today promises to be a risky undertaking for motorists.
Steve Smallshaw has that story.
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SOT
IN Q=Believe it or
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Gravette/Amherst Co. Resident; :11
SUPER=@ssm1; :40
SUPER=01-W.T. Ramey/Lynchburg VDOT Adminstrator; 1:03
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OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.


(( Believe it or not, the storm had actually lost of some of its punch by early Sunday evening.
But a 1-2 combination of snow and wind earlier left central Virginia reeling.
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SOT 2:07:09
IN Q=Man, I tell

((KENNY GRAVETTE/AMHERST CO. RESIDENT: MAN, I TELL YOU, ALL I DID WAS COME OUT TO GET SOME MILK, MILK AND SOME CIGARETTES, I TELL YOU IT'S A MESS OUT HERE.))
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OUT Q=mess out here.


No argument from the folks who had to be out Sunday... people like truck driver Al Hart whose rig got stuck on Lakeside Drive.. and the police whose job it was to get the Al Harts of the world back on the road.
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SOT 1:59:07

((HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SAID THEY'D BE HERE IN JUST A MINUTE...))
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With every available person on the clock working 12- hour shifts, VDOT was struggling just to keep up with the storm on the main roads.
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SU 5:57:26
IN Q=Whenever we

((Whenever we get storms like this, officials always say don't go out on the roads, and really that warning is based on the assumption that if you do go outside, you can find your car and dig it out from whatever side street it's parked on. Road crews say if you live on a secondary road in the city or the county, you probably won't see a plow in your neighborhood for at least twelve hours.))
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OUT Q=twelve hours.
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SOT 2:58:23
IN Q=Hopefully

((W.T. RAMEY/LYNCHBURG VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: HOPEFULLY IT WILL QUIT SNOWING TO WHERE WE CAN HAVE THEM PASSABLE, TO WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO WORK TOMORROW.))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=work tomorrow.


And of course if you don't have to work, stay home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

Danville-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE# 95-112
GRAPHIC=Winter Wx


Southside residents are also digging out from under the winter storm.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at how that region is coping.
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SOT
IN Q=We're not
SUPER=07-Linda Rehm; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/Yesterday; :11
SUPER=07-Lee Holland; :24 VERY QUICK!!
SUPER=07-Natalie & Terry Jackson; :28
SUPER=07-Jeff Rehm; :49 Quick!
SUPER=07-Anthony Scott; :52
SUPER=@Teresa1; :59
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OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.

(( ((LINDA REHM: WE'RE NOT USED TO IT, I MEAN, IT NEVER SNOWS HERE AND NOW THAT IT HAS, EVERYBODY JUST FREAKS OUT, RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE, I MEAN IT'S CRAZY. ))
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OUT Q=it's crazy.


Indeed grocery and convenience stores were a flurry of activity.
Many Southside residents were caught off guard, never expecting this type of precipitation, in a region that's more likely to see freezing rain than snow.
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22:45:20
SOT
IN Q=Yes, definitely

((LEE HOLLAND: YES, NO ONE AROUND HERE IS USED TO THIS. ))
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OUT Q=used to this.
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22:44:28
SOT
IN Q=Has it

((REPORTER SPEAKS: HAS IT BEEN A REAL HEADACHE FOR YOU? TERRY JACKSON: NO, IT HASN'T BEEN A PROBLEM, YET. TILL NOW, SINCE WINN DIXIE'S CLOSED. ))
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OUT Q=winn dixie's closed.


Snow plows have left many primary roads passable.. nat sound
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But most secondary roads in Southside are still treacherous and nearly impossible to travel without four- wheel drive.
Still many say it's been a welcome site.
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SOT
IN Q=It's worth it

((JEFF REHM: IT'S WORTH IT, I DON'T GOT TO GO TO WORK MONDAY, SO IT'S WORTH IT TO ME. ANTHONY SCOTT: THEY WANTED IT FOR CHRISTMAS AND THEY WANTED IT FOR ALL THESE OTHER TIMES AND NOW THIS RIGHT HERE IS MAKING UP FOR EVERY YEAR THEY'VE MISSED. ))
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On a more serious note, the Salvation Army in Danville has set up an emergeny shelter on Henry Street for folks who may find themselves without heat or water. Teresa Hamilton News 7.)) ))

Health


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cst
TAPE# 95-113
GRAPHIC=Winter


Staying warm, dry and safe is important -- but still, there are some medical emergencies that just can't wait.
As Connie Stevens reports, it was rather slow at emergency rooms throughout the region.
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SOT
IN Q=At Roanoke's
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday; :05
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Community Hospital E.R. Physician; :15
SUPER=01-Hank Pfister/Roanoke City Fire & EMS; :34
SUPER=01-Tracy Ayers/Pharmacist; :53 QUICK!!!!!
SUPER=@Connie1; :57
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OUT Q=CS. News 7.

((
ANCHOR=Connie


At Roanoke's Community Hospital, medical personnel are asking the public to
take care of themselves--- and thereby, decrease the danger to emergency crews.


Also, don't dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance unless it's a serious emergency.
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SOT 1:33:20
IN Q=They need to

((DR. MICHEAL RORRER/COMMUNITY HOSPITAL E.R. PHYSICIAN: THEY NEED TO GET THE CRITICALLY ILL PEOPLE-- THE PEOPLE WITH THE HEART ATTACKS, THE BROKEN BONES AND STROKES AND ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR THEM TO GET AN INAPPROPRIATE CALL BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SCREEN THOSE.))
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OUT Q=screen those.


But rescue and fire teams say for the most part, they're ready.
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SOT 01:25:35
IN Q=We've got several

((HANK PFISTER/ROANOKE CITY FIRE & EMS: WE'VE GOT SEVERAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES, WE HAVE ALL THEM IN SERVICE. WE'VE PUT CHAINS ON EVERYTHING. WE'VE EVEN CHAINED UP SOME OF OUR FOUR WHEEL DRIVES. TODAY'S BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A CHALLENGE GETTING IN AND OUT OF SOME OF THESE PLACES BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN.))
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OUT Q=best we can.


Most drugstores are now closed-- though in Roanoke, a single Revco is saving the day for many.
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SOT 00:38:41
IN Q=Most doctors

((TRACY AYERS/PHARMACIST: MOST DOCTORS HAVE SOMEBODY ON CALL THAT CAN TALK TO THEM ON THE PHONE. ))
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OUT Q=on the phone.

standup tag "ER" TAPE 10:05:37
Health experts are also making a plea to older people-- don't shovel snow, it may be just too hard on the heart.
For the younger set-- it's often sledding injuries that can be prevented.
The key though for everyone, is common sense.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))

east-coast


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=mornin
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter storm


We're not the only ones battling the Blizzard of '96.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;


The nation's largest city, New York is virtually shut down.
The storm is expected to dump a record 30 inches by this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


And it's the white stuff, not the budget battle, keeping federal workers home today.
The nation's capital is buried under two feet of snow.
The storm so far is blamed for 20 deaths, most of them from traffic accidents.
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mitterand


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=mornin
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@FILE;


In international news, former French President Francois Mitterand has died.
Mitterrand had suffered for some time with prostate cancer.
He lead France from 19-81 until 19-95.
Mitterand was 79.
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One-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M95-1 Snow Stuff
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) We visit Shepherd's Auto Supply to find out some of the essentials

to any winter road trip.
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SOT
IN Q=I guess most...
SUPER=13-Jake Hoback/Shepherd's Auto Supply; :00
SUPER=12-Roanoke; :12
RUNS=2:06
OUT Q=cold wintry day. Very good.
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LIVE=Larry/Full



(Toss to Beth)

Blizzard ANCHORMelanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-97
GRAPHIC=winter storm


The worst of the winter storm may have passed, but the work is just beginning.
DOUBLE BOX=mel/beth


This morning, Joe Dashiell has the latest on the storm that hammered most of Virginia.
LIVE=joe/full
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
SUPER=@Joe1;


Melanie, across the state five people have died in the wake of this winter storm.
Four people were killed in traffic accidents. One man suffered a fatal heart attack while shoveling snow.
None of those fatalities were in our area, but local authorities are concerned with what this day will bring.
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SOT
IN Q=The biggest concern

(( ))
SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Roanoke Emergency Services;
RUNS=:29
OUT Q=have not had power outages.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Last night Roanokers strolled in the snow, but for the most part, streets were deserted.
That was fortunate because even the heavy equipment had some major problems.
Members of the Virginia Army National Guard rolled out their Humvees last night and today they will be lending assistance to state and local authorities throughout the region.
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ANCHOR=JoeD/full


This morning, neither Valley Metro and Greater Lynchburg Transit are running.
Snowplows are still concentrating on primary roads but there is hope that they will beign attacking secondary roads today.
But Melanie it doesn't require a lot of intelligence to understand that we have many miles of difficult driving ahead.
(Mel=q and a: HOW ABOUT THE AIRPORT?)
(joe toss to beth)


Two-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M95-1 Chains
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record set
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) We head back to Shepherd's Auto Supply to talk chains and the tools

you need on the road.
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SOT
IN Q=One of the most...
SUPER=13-Jake Hoback/Shepherd's Auto Supply; :00
SUPER=12-Roanoke; :14
RUNS=2:27
OUT Q=fifteen minutes should do it.
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LIVE=Larry



(Toss to Melanie)


2HEADLINES


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=
WRITER=mel
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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VO-NAT


The worst blizzard in 70 years has left the Commonwealth knee deep in snow.
Governor Allen has declared a state of emergency and the National Guard is helping local authorities in rescue operations throughout the state.
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VO-NAT


The storm has paralazyed other east coast states.
In New York City schools are closed for the first time since 19-78.
Nationwide, the storm is responsible for 20 deaths.
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VO-NAT


And former French President Francois Mitterand has lost his battle with prostate cancer.
Mitterand died this morning at his office near the Eiffel Tower.
He was 79.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And that's a look at what's making news on this Monday, January 8th.
Don't go away.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back. larry-Hello

Storm


ANCHOR=Beth 2 shot
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE# 95-103
GRAPHIC=2 shot


Joe Dashiell has been out this morning, checking conditions and the concerns of local authorities.
Joe What can you tell us this morning?
LIVE=joe/full
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
SUPER=@Joe1;


Beth, the storm didn't add to our problems overnight. With the end of the storm, state and local crews are beginning to make some progress.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The heavy equipment was moving mountains this morning in downtwon Roanoke.
With many businesses and most schools closed today, officials hope that residents will stay off the road again today and not complicate what is already a massive job.
The city took a couple of dozen calls overnight at the phone bank at city hall.
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ANCHOR=JoeD/full


but there were no serious emergencies and only one person, other than city employees took advantage of the shelter at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Valley Metro and Greater Lynchburg Transit are not running yet, but the airport does plan to reopen later this morning.
Mel, the best advice from city hall is to stay off the road, and be patient.
The snowplows are making some progress on primary roads, and if goes well they may begin hitting some of the secondary roads later today.
(joe toss to mel)


Snow-Today


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=dal
TAPE# edit of 95-100
GRAPHIC=Winter Wx


Roanoke city has also created a phone bank for non-emergency calls.
SS=Pinnacle #'s


The storm has brought an avalanche of calls on Roanoke City's 9-1-1 center.
Officials are asking residents to call the phone bank for non-emergency questions.
Those numbers are:
981-2417
981-2725
981-2609
981-2550
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


And as you can imagine, traveling is treacherous when there's more than two feet of snow on the ground.
Department of Transportation officials say all roads are snow covered, even the interstates, so try to stay off the roads.
Abandoned cars make it difficult for emergency vehicles to reach those in need.
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Central-Wx


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE# 95-111
GRAPHIC=Winter-storm


Morning rush hour promises to be a risky undertaking in Central Virginia, where the storm dumped more than two feet of snow.
Steve Smallshaw has more on how folks in Lynchburg are dealing with the storm.
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SOT
IN Q=Believe it or
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Gravette/Amherst Co. Resident; :11
SUPER=@ssm1; :40
SUPER=01-W.T. Ramey/Lynchburg VDOT Adminstrator; 1:03
RUNS=1:13
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.


(( Believe it or not, the storm had actually lost of some of its punch by early Sunday evening.
But a 1-2 combination of snow and wind earlier left central Virginia reeling.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 2:07:09
IN Q=Man, I tell

((KENNY GRAVETTE/AMHERST CO. RESIDENT: MAN, I TELL YOU, ALL I DID WAS COME OUT TO GET SOME MILK, MILK AND SOME CIGARETTES, I TELL YOU IT'S A MESS OUT HERE.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=mess out here.


No argument from the folks who had to be out Sunday... people like truck driver Al Hart whose rig got stuck on Lakeside Drive.. and the police whose job it was to get the Al Harts of the world back on the road.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 1:59:07

((HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SAID THEY'D BE HERE IN JUST A MINUTE...))
RUNS=:03


With every available person on the clock working 12- hour shifts, VDOT was struggling just to keep up with the storm on the main roads.
(/////SOT/////)

SU 5:57:26
IN Q=Whenever we

((Whenever we get storms like this, officials always say don't go out on the roads, and really that warning is based on the assumption that if you do go outside, you can find your car and dig it out from whatever side street it's parked on. Road crews say if you live on a secondary road in the city or the county, you probably won't see a plow in your neighborhood for at least twelve hours.))
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=twelve hours.
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SOT 2:58:23
IN Q=Hopefully

((W.T. RAMEY/LYNCHBURG VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: HOPEFULLY IT WILL QUIT SNOWING TO WHERE WE CAN HAVE THEM PASSABLE, TO WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO WORK TOMORROW.))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=work tomorrow.


And of course if you don't have to work, stay home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

New-River


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE# 95-106
GRAPHIC=Winter-Wx


More than two feet of snow also blanketed the New River Valley.
Tracy Altizer has that story.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Jan Jackson/NWS Meteorologist; :16
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Yesterday; :21
SUPER=01-Matt Carroll/Christiansburg Rescue Squad; :42
SUPER=01-Lynn Barry/Floyd Resident; :57 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Adele Hobday/Blacksburg Resident; 1:00
SUPER=@Tracy1; 1:05
RUNS=1:21
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.

(( Amid the biggest snowstorm since the Blizzard of '93, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg lost its radar. But officials were still able to determine that Old Man Winter did a number on the New River Valley.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 16:14:39

((JAN JACKSON/NWS METEOROLOGIST: THE HARDEST HIT AREA EXTENDS FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY AND THEN UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, UP THROUGH CRAIG AND ALLEGHENY AND BATH COUNTIES, UP THAT WAY. ))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=


The mounds of snow proved too much for even a Norfolk Southern train loaded with grain.
Eighty-one cars derailed in Montgomery County, fortunately nobody was hurt.
And minor accidents were the order of the day on interstate 81, as V-DOT crews found it difficult to keep up with the storm.
Police and rescue officials say motorists who don't have to be out make their jobs tougher.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:13:17

((MATT CARROLL/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: IT TAKES US A LONG TIME TO GET TO THE CALLS THAT WE NEED TO RESPOND TO, AND THE OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, THEY NEET TO STAY OFF THE ROADS SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH. ))
RUNS=:08
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SOT nat of shoveling
RUNS=:02


For many, that won't be a problem, because it may take days just to dig out.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 13:01:44

((I LIVE IN FLOYD AND I'M STRANDED IN BLACKSBURG. ))
SOT 13:02:52

((QUESTION: WHAT BRINGS YOU OUT HERE? ADELE HOBDAY/BLACKSBURG RESIDENT: GROCERIES. MY CAR IS STUCK. THERE'S NO WAY MY CAR WILL GET OUT SO I HAVE TO WALK.))
RUNS=:09


If you do have to go out in a vehicle, be advised that VDOT has classified the roads in the New River Valley as condition five, which means snow tires or chains are required, and there are minor drifting problems in some locations. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))

Southside-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE# 95-112
GRAPHIC=Winter Wx


And there was no escaping the snow in Southside.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at how that region is coping.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=We're not
SUPER=07-Linda Rehm; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/Yesterday; :11
SUPER=07-Lee Holland; :24 VERY QUICK!!
SUPER=07-Natalie & Terry Jackson; :28
SUPER=07-Jeff Rehm; :49 Quick!
SUPER=07-Anthony Scott; :52
SUPER=@Teresa1; :59
RUNS=1:06
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.

(( ((LINDA REHM: WE'RE NOT USED TO IT, I MEAN, IT NEVER SNOWS HERE AND NOW THAT IT HAS, EVERYBODY JUST FREAKS OUT, RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE, I MEAN IT'S CRAZY. ))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=it's crazy.


Indeed grocery and convenience stores were a flurry of activity.
Many Southside residents were caught off guard, never expecting this type of precipitation, in a region that's more likely to see freezing rain than snow.
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22:45:20
SOT
IN Q=Yes, definitely

((LEE HOLLAND: YES, NO ONE AROUND HERE IS USED TO THIS. ))
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=used to this.
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22:44:28
SOT
IN Q=Has it

((REPORTER SPEAKS: HAS IT BEEN A REAL HEADACHE FOR YOU? TERRY JACKSON: NO, IT HASN'T BEEN A PROBLEM, YET. TILL NOW, SINCE WINN DIXIE'S CLOSED. ))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=winn dixie's closed.


Snow plows have left many primary roads passable.. nat sound
RUNS=:05


But most secondary roads in Southside are still treacherous and nearly impossible to travel without four- wheel drive.
Still many say it's been a welcome site.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=It's worth it

((JEFF REHM: IT'S WORTH IT, I DON'T GOT TO GO TO WORK MONDAY, SO IT'S WORTH IT TO ME. ANTHONY SCOTT: THEY WANTED IT FOR CHRISTMAS AND THEY WANTED IT FOR ALL THESE OTHER TIMES AND NOW THIS RIGHT HERE IS MAKING UP FOR EVERY YEAR THEY'VE MISSED. ))
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On a more serious note, the Salvation Army in Danville has set up an emergeny shelter on Henry Street for folks who may find themselves without heat or water. Teresa Hamilton News 7.)) ))

Emergency


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cst
TAPE# 95-113
GRAPHIC=Winter


For those facing a medical emergency, this weather can be a nightmare.
Thankfully, emergency rooms throughout the region have not been that busy.
Connie Stevens reports.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Community Hospital E.R. Physician; :15
SUPER=01-Hank Pfister/Roanoke City Fire & EMS; :34
SUPER=01-Tracy Ayers/Pharmacist; :53 QUICK!!!!!
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ANCHOR=Connie


At Roanoke's Community Hospital, medical personnel are asking the public to
take care of themselves--- and thereby, decrease the danger to emergency crews.


Also, don't dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance unless it's a serious emergency.
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((DR. MICHEAL RORRER/COMMUNITY HOSPITAL E.R. PHYSICIAN: THEY NEED TO GET THE CRITICALLY ILL PEOPLE-- THE PEOPLE WITH THE HEART ATTACKS, THE BROKEN BONES AND STROKES AND ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR THEM TO GET AN INAPPROPRIATE CALL BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SCREEN THOSE.))
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But rescue and fire teams say for the most part, they're ready.
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((HANK PFISTER/ROANOKE CITY FIRE & EMS: WE'VE GOT SEVERAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES, WE HAVE ALL THEM IN SERVICE. WE'VE PUT CHAINS ON EVERYTHING. WE'VE EVEN CHAINED UP SOME OF OUR FOUR WHEEL DRIVES. TODAY'S BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A CHALLENGE GETTING IN AND OUT OF SOME OF THESE PLACES BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN.))
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Most drugstores are now closed-- though in Roanoke, a single Revco is saving the day for many.
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((TRACY AYERS/PHARMACIST: MOST DOCTORS HAVE SOMEBODY ON CALL THAT CAN TALK TO THEM ON THE PHONE. ))
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standup tag "ER" TAPE 10:05:37
Health experts are also making a plea to older people-- don't shovel snow, it may be just too hard on the heart.
For the younger set-- it's often sledding injuries that can be prevented.
The key though for everyone, is common sense.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))

COASTAL-WEATHER


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=MORNIN
WRITER=MEL
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=winter storm


The worst blizzard in 70-years is has also paralyzed much of the northeast and midwest.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;


The nation's largest city, New York is virtually shut down.
Snow has been falling at a rate of two inches an hour and the city could receive a record 30 inches by this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


Washington is buried under two feet of snow keeping federal workers home yet another day.
SUPER=03-Philadephia/Yesterday;


So far one of the worst cold spots is Philadelphia, with a record 26-inch snowfall.
The storm so far is blamed for 20 deaths.
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French-President


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=mornin
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@FILE;


In international news, former French President Francois Mitterand has died.
Mitterrand had suffered for some time with prostate cancer.
He lead France from 19-81 until 19-95.
Mitterand was 79.
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Birthdays
TALENT=Larry
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Three-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M95-1 Sleds
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) Whether it's work or fun in the snow, we've got you covered this

morning.
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SUPER=12-Roanoke Co.; :20
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