A major East Coast snowstorm paralyzes a number of states and claims nearly
a dozen of lives.
A famous French leader loses his battle with cancer.
And the star of the Free Willy movies checks out his new digs in Oregon.
After setting the record for 24 hour snowfall, we're going to be stuck with
nearly 2 feet of snow for some time to come. Cold temperatures figure
prominently in our forecast, along with another winter weather event by week's
Don't go away. The news is next.
The snow may have stopped, but the problems continue.
The Big Snow of '96 has left many people trapped inside their homes, while
most vehicles remain buried under two feet of snow.
Even if you were able to leave your home this morning, you probably couldn't
Virtually everything is closed.
Scott Prince joins us from Roanoke Regional Airport.
Scott, you've been on the road all morning, have you seen many people out
(scott ad lib)
(Rollcue: secondary roads, forget about it.)
IN Q=for the most part
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/Virginia Dept. of Transportation;
OUT Q=to get out
***scott's mike hot under****
OUTCUE=reaching those who need help
(scott ad lib)
(mel - q and a -- Scott, have there been any bad accidents?)
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 also created a phone bank for non-emergency calls.
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
Those numbers are:
It's a beautiful sunny day in Lynchburg, but residents there shouldn't plan
on getting out and enjoying it just yet.
That's because most of them are probably still snow- bound...their streets
have yet to see a snow plow.
Steve Smallshaw joins us, Steve when can people expect to be able to move
Melanie, it could be at least another day before residents here in Lynchburg
can start moving around with any degree of ease.
Even if the roads were clear, they'd still have to dig their cars out...
that's what patrolmen and investigators alike were doing this morning at the
Lynchburg police department.
The city has every available person on hand trying to get its municipal lots
and sidewalks clear.
The streets have proved to be an even bigger problem.
IN Q=The snow is
((RAY BOOTH/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: THE SNOW IS SO DEEP THAT THE TRUCKS CAN'T
PUSH IT ALL AT ONE TIME, THEY PLOW ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN, PLOW ABOUT A FOOT OF IT,
THEN COME BACK AND PLOW THE SECOND FOOT, SO IT'S TAKING MORE THAN TWICE AS LONG
TO GET THROUGH.))
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THE MALL IS CLOSED, PITTMAN PLAZA IS CLOSED,
AND IT'S JUST BEST TO STAY HOME AND LET THE CITY CREWS DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO
AND THAT'S WHAT I'M ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DO, JUST STAY HOME, ENJOY A DAY OFF,
CLEAN OUT YOUR DRIVEWAY IF YOU WANT TO, BE PREPARED TO START VENTURING OUT
TOMORROW OR WEDNESDAY.))
SUPER=01-Ray Booth/Lynchburg Public Works; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :14
OUT Q=tomorrow or Wednesday.
Mayor Whitaker also told me he's issuing an informal challenge to the mayor
of Roanoke to see who can get their streets cleared first.
No such challenge yet for Danville, where Teresa Hamilton is standing by,
how are things there Teresa?
Steve, the story here is much the same.
County offices and numerous businesses are closed today-- giving many a
chance to simply dig out.
IN Q=So is this
((REPORTER SPEAKS: SO IS THIS A WAY FOR YOU TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY? STEVE
BELOSKY: SURE, SURE.
REPORTER SPEAKS: BUT IT'S A HARD WAY TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY, THOUGH?
STEVE BELOSKY: YEAH, YEAH, REAL HARD, REAL HARD. ))
SUPER=07-Steve Belosky; :00
OUT Q=real hard.( double out).
It may be hard work, but Steve Belosky is providing a valuable service.
The snow has left many local businesses, like the Cooperative Savings Bank,
paralyzed for the day.
Across the road, workers at the Danville Post Office, were also busy
The post office on Main Street in Danville is open, as well as the
Mail delivery, however, is out of the question.
But Postmaster Mark Williamson is hoping residents in Danville and
elsewhere, will give postal workers a helping hand.
IN Q=It's very
((MARK WILLIAMSON/DANVILLE POSTMASTER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT....BEGIN DELIVERY.))
SUPER=01-Mark Williamson/Danville Postmaster; :00
OUT Q=begin delivery.
(teresa ad lib)
double boxes tracy/teresa
Tracy Altizer has been keeping folks up to date in the New River Valley--
how are things looking there?
double boxes tracy/teresa
Teresa, yesterday it was the snow, today it's the wind that's causing
New River Valley residents are eager to dig out and get on with their daily
But once you start shoveling you feel like you're fighting a losing battle.
((DONALD SNELL/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: THE WIND KEEPS BLOWING, BLOWS ALL THE
SNOW BACK OVER WHAT YOU DUG OUT, THE SNOW SHOVELS COME AROUND, THEY DO THE
((STEVEN MOORE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: I DUG OUT YESTERDAY, THE WIND GOT UP
LAST NIGHT AND PRETTY MUCH RUINED EVERYTHING I DID YESTERDAY. SO I'M BACK OUT
THIS MORNING TRYING TO DIG A PATH BACK OUT TO THE ROAD.))
SUPER=01-Donald Snell/Christiansburg Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Steven Moore/Christiansburg Resident;
OUT Q=out to the road.
Road crews are battling the wind just as fiercely.
Drifting on many of the more rural routes especially has become a problem.
V-DOT officials say crews are having to go back over primary roads that had
been cleared previously.
That means it will take them a while to get to many of those secondary
They're trying to at least make one pass over the secondarys, but with this
wind, it may not do a whole lot of good for long.
To give you an idea of how bad it is, we're actually seeing some grassy
hillsides, hillsides which were buried under two and a half feet of snow just
about 12 hours ago.
double boxes Melanie/Tracy
(QUESTION: Any idea how long it may take to get to some of those
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Some tips on how to handle a medical emergency in the snow,
and a look at the Great Snowstorm of '96 up and down the east coast.
Now here's Patrick Evans to tell us if we'll get a reprieve from the snow.
music up full
The Great Snowstorm of '96 is now responsible for 23 deaths throughout the
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The storm has virtually shutdown the Big Apple.
New York City schools are closed today for the first time in nearly 20
SUPER=03-Silver Spring, MD;
In Maryland a Washington D-C Commuter train was stuck in the snow for more
than six hours.
Some 150 passengers spent the night in cars with no heat or light before
another locomotive pulled the train to the next station early this morning.
((REPORTER: HOW COLD WAS IT ON THAT TRAIN?
PASSENGER: VERY COLD.
REPORTER: HOW DID YOU STAY WARM?
PASSENGER: WE JUST LAUGHED, HAVING FUN AND THAT KEPT US WARM, THAT'S ALL. ))
SUPER=07-Stranded Train Passenger;
OUT Q=KEPT US WARM THAT'S ALL.
Paramedics on the scene say all the passengers appear to be in good
Meantime, it's not politics but the weather that shutting down the government
Washington D-C is expected to accumulate at least 30 inches when the snow
stops later this afternoon.
It's not easy staffing an emergency room or working on a rescue squad in
times like these.
Connie Stevens has this check-in with the people risking their own safety
to insure everyone elses.
IN Q=At Roanoke's
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!!!!!
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
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.
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.))
OUT Q=screen those.
But rescue and fire teams say for the most part, they're ready.
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
OUT Q=best we can.
Most drugstores are now closed-- though in Roanoke, a single Revco is
saving the day for many.
IN Q=Most doctors
((TRACY AYERS/PHARMACIST: MOST DOCTORS HAVE SOMEBODY ON CALL THAT CAN TALK TO
THEM ON THE PHONE. ))
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.))
In the African nation of Zaire today up to 100 people were killed when a
cargo jet slammed into a crowded market.
State run television is reporting the plane crashed after missing a landing
attempt at an airport.
It is not known what the jet was carrying or how many people might have been
Francois Mitterand, France's leader for 14 years, died this morning.
He was 79.
Mitterand stepped down last year, suffering from prostate cancer.
Mark Phillips looks back at the life and legacy of the man who led the
socialist party to power.
SUPER=01-Oliver Duhame/Political Advisor; :25
SUPER=01-Paul Webster/Guardian Correspondent, Paris; 1:00
SUPER=01-John Laughland/Wall Street; 1:28
SUPER=03-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:36
OUT Q=Mark Phillips, CBS News London.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Some folks are happy about all this snow, we'll show you who,
and a whale of a tale about Willy.
A famous film star has a new home.
music up full
An Oregon aquarium is bracing for a flood of visitors today, one day after
the world's most famous killer arrived safe and sound at its new home.
Although the aquarium was closed yesterday Keiko was given a whale of a
welcome by thousands who lined police barricades in the rain to cheer him.
For the past ten years, Keiko has lived in poor conditions at an
amusement park in Mexico.
The ``Free Willy'' movies brought attention to his plight and
prompted schoolchildren across the country to raise money to help
move him to his new state of the art, 7- point- 3 million dollar tank.
Operators of Virginia's ski resorts are are hoping all the new snow is a
sign of a record season.
SUPER=03-Nelson Co./File Tape;
A spokesman at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County says there is already more
than 20 inches on the ground and more is expected to accumulate.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./File Tape;
At the Homestead, workers are grooming the slopes today.
All slopes will be open with 32 inches of new snow.
Near Harrisonburg, Massanutten is reporting 36 inches.
Because of the storm, the Stock Market plans to close at two this afternoon.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 23 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for sports, including who's ahead in the A-F-C,
and the N-F-C.
The Dallas Cowboys are still in the saddle, and we'll have highlights of
their game against Philly, next, on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dallas will host Green Bay in the N-F-C championship game next Sunday.
Yesterday the Cowboys beat Philadelphia 30 to 11.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
Chris Boniol scores in the first quarter with a 24 yard field goal to make
it 3 to nothing Dallas.
Then Deion Sanders takes the handoff on the reverse and scores from 21
10 to 3 Cowboys.
Just before the half the Cowboys score again.
Smith takes the handoff and scores.
The Cowboys add another score SUPER=30-Dallas/=30/Philadelphia/=11; with
five minutes left in the game.
Troy Aikman hits Michael Irvin on the 11 yard touchdown pass and Dallas
wins it 30 to 11.
wipe wipe wipe
Lin Elliott's third straight missed field goal allowed the Indianapolis
Colts to knock off Kansas City 10 to 7 in the A-F-C divisional playoff game.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/NBC SPORTS; :
In the first quarter Steve Bono hits Lake Dawson on the 20 yard touchdown
pass and the Chiefs take a 7 to nothing lead.
Then the Colts' Jim Harbaugh throws the 5 yard touchdown pass to Floyd
Turner and the game is tied at the half.
Cary Blanchard connects a 30 yard field goal in the third quarter and the
Colts take the 10 to 7 lead.
Elliott has a chance to tie the SUPER=30-Indianapolis/=10/Kansas
City/==7;game with less than a minute left but the field goal is wide left and
the Colts win it 10 to 7.
Also, the Roanoke College - Washington and Lee basketball games scheduled
for tonight have been postponed.
No date for a makeup game has been set.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Before we go, a look back on the Big Snow of '96.
We'll see you back here for News 7 at 5 and 6.
VO-NAT/Need to add music