A "twister" passes through a community near you, this is NOT the movie, but
the real thing... we'll asses the damage.
And the day before the G-O-P primary, we'll see what the Senate candidates
were up to.
In sports, the Avalanche returns home to face Kinston tonight, Roy Stanley
checks in with some lady volleyballers who are mixed up with the junior
and a Winston Cup driver parts ways with his team.
Heavy rains, tornadoes make this a spring to remember. And the threat of
flash flooding has not passed just yet.
Captured on videotape...a tornado spins through Pittsylvania County, as
severe weather leaves a trail of damage in southwest Virginia.
The tornado was visible on Doppler radar as it touched down.
2 shot Keith and Robin
(Keith toss to Robin)
LIVELIVE/FULL VIEW OF STORM
VIEW OF TORNADO
2 shot toss
The tornado was caught on tape this morning in the Pittsylvania County
community of Mount Airy by our own News 7 crew-- which helped the National
Weather Service confirm the storm was indeed a tornado.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton saw the tornado and joins us now from outside our Danville
Keith-- tornados are frequently accompanied by a noise which sounds like a
freight train moving through.
We didn't hear anything that loud-- it was more like the sound of traffic
and that's exactly what some other folks heard.
IN Q=You could
SUPER=07-Wesley Jones; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :09
SUPER=04-Photographer: Andrea DiRocco; :20
SUPER=07-Doris Strader; :34
OUT Q=keep us safe.
IN Q=You could
((WESLEY JONES: YOU COULD HERE THE WIND SOUNDING JUST LIKE, JUST LIKE THAT
TRUCK GOING BY RIGHT NOW. IT WAS THAT HEAVY. ))
OUT Q=that heavy.
Wesley Jones is among dozens who're picking up the pieces after a tornado
made its way through Chatham, around 9-15.
About 30- minutes later the tornado was still going strong.
After leaving a trail of destruction in Chatham, the twister made its way to
Minutes later our camera captured the tornado in Mount Airy.
Doris Strader was at home in Chatham when the storm hit-- a large Oak tree
in her front yard was one of the storm's casualties.
IN Q=I went
((DORIS STRADER:I WENT INTO THE BATHROOM AND CROUCHED DOWN IN PRAYER AND JUST
ASKED THE LORD TO BE WITH US AND TO KEEP US SAFE. ))
OUT Q=keep us safe. ))
Tornados, like the one today, aren't uncommon in Southside. But it's
unlikely we'll ever see one the magnitude of those in Kansas City and
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa Microwave
(Keith question: Any idea how strong the tornado was?)
The tornado actually formed in Henry County... taking everyone by surprise.
Those who first saw it couldn't believe what they were seeing... then
couldn't believe the destruction it caused.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=Two inches
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ilene Mcguire/Witnessed Tornado; :13
SUPER=07-Marsha Walker/Henry Co. Resident; :53
OUT Q=S.P., N7, Henry County
((Two inches of rain in just over an hour.
That's what parts of Henry County received.
But while flash flooding caused concern... it was the swirling winds of a
tornado that caused the damage.
((ILENE MCGUIRE/WITNESSED TORNADO: EVERYTHING IN THE YARD, THE CANS AND
EVERYTHING WERE GOING IN A CIRCLE. IT RAISED THE GARAGE UP ABOUT FOUR FEET TO
TOP AND SET IT BACK DOWN. THEN IT WAS GONE THAT QUICK. ))
OUT Q=that quick
But before the twister left Ilene McGuire's property, it had left its mark.
It mangled her barn, uprooted a chimney... and took with it shingles from
But there was more.
IN Q=The roof
((REPORTER: THE ROOF TO THAT BUILDING...?
THELMA DONAVANT/HENRY COUNTY RESIDENT:...IS OVER IN THE HAYFIELD. ))
OUT Q=in the hayfield
Nat- sound VDOT truck
The storm knocked down more than 300 trees in the Aiken Summit section of
The biggest one by far... this oak in front of Marsha Walker's house.
She was sorry to see the tree go down... but at the same time... grateful.
IN Q=I started
((MARSHA WALKER/HENRY COUNTY RESIDENT: I STARTED SHAKING AND CRYING BECAUSE YOU
KNOW I WAS UPSET OVER ALL THAT. BUT I WAS THANKFUL BECAUSE IF HAD BEEN THE
HOUSE, I GUESS WE WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED.))
OUT Q=been killed
It seems everyone here is breathing a collective sigh of relief.
County officials say despite all of the damage... there is a silver lining
-- no storm- related injuries.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Henry County.))
Wipe Wipe Wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
IN Q=I'm Stacey Martin
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/National Weather Service Investigator; :24
OUT Q=I'm SM
I'm Stacey Martin in Franklin County.
Officials with the National Weather Service say a tornado touched down here
in Burnt Chimney yesterday afternoon.
It apparently formed just above these trees with winds ranging from 130 to
150 miles per hour.
It destroyed this newly built home carrying the roof, the deck, and a few
doors up to two miles away.
SOT 11.18.50 - 11.19.15
IN Q=Part of the
((MIKE EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INVESTIGATOR;
PART OF THE DECK ENDED UP IN THAT FIELD OVER THERE AND A LOT OF THE DAMAGE
ENDED UP FALLING BACK BEHIND THE TREES...SOMEOF THE DAMAGE THAT I JUST SAW A
BIT AGO IS A GOOD THIRD OF A MILE AWAY FROM THE HOUSE.))
OUT Q=from the house
Weather Service officials initially thought straight line winds... which are
more common in mountainous regions...may have hit the area.
But judging from the damage to this home, they now say it was a short, quick
It lasted no more than ten seconds and travelled about 200 yards.
No one was living in this home at the time but the wreckage from it
highlights safety measures that could save a life.
SOT 13.34.58 - 13.35.14
IN Q=this house was
((STACEY MARTIN/INTERN REPORTER;
THIS HOUSE WAS LIFTED OFF OF ITS FOUNDATION, ONLY THE BASEMENT WAS LEFT
SOMEWHAT INTACT. THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY OFFICIALS SAY THE BASEMENT IS
THE PLACE TO BE IN CASE OF A TORNADO. FOR NEWS SEVEN, I'M SM. ))
OUT Q=I'm SM.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
The G-O-P candidates for the Senate do some last minute stumping.
and there are some new additions to the classroom at Roanoke County's
Clearbrook Elementary School.
IN Q=You want NAT SOUND
((YOU WANT TO GIVE HIM A KISS? THERE YOU GO! ))
OUT Q=there you go!
We'll see how these pets are helping teachers reach some special students.
MUSIC UP FULL
The heavy rains over the last 24 hours have swollen the Roanoke River, but
no major problems have been reported anywhere along its banks.
The river reached its highest point in Altavista this afternoon, cresting at
18 feet, which is flood stage for that area.
A portion of the boat ramp and a parking lot at the Staunton Riverfront park
were swamped by the rising waters.
No other problems were reported in the town.
The river was "not" expected to reach flood stage farther down stream at the
towns of Brookneal and Randolph in Campbell County.
A woman was killed in a two- car crash in Lynchburg this afternoon.
It happened shortly after three o'clock on Candler's Mountain Road near the
entrance to River Ridge Mall.
A female passenger was killed when her vehicle collided with a van, pushing
the car into a tree.
Rescue crews tried to revive the woman at the scene, but she died at
Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police have not released any other information.
A final appeal to voters of every stripe today from Senator John Warner.
With his political life on the line in tomorrow's Republican primary, Warner
invited all voters to help him out in a five city flying tour.
IN Q=When letters
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VA.: WHEN LETTERS COME IN, THOUSANDS A WEEK, OR PEOPLE
COME IN TO VISIT ME, I DON'T ASK THEM ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT OR AN
INDEPENDENT. I'M THERE AS A UNITED STATES SENATOR TO SERVE ALL VIRGINIANS
FAIRLY AND EQUALLY. AND I NOW PUT OUT THIS APPEAL FOR THEIR SUPPORT.))
OUT Q=their support.
Challenger Jim Miller confined his final day efforts to the far northwest
corner of the state, where his budget allowed travel only by pick-up truck.
Miller's complaining that Senator Warner has outspent him almost five-to-one
to win the party's nomination.
The Roanoke city school bus driver who turned out to be a drug dealer will
spend a little less than five years in prison.
Wayne Hicks was ordered to serve a 57- month sentence for possession of 38
grams of crack cocaine.
His attorney emphasized to us this happened during the summer... when school
IN Q=Mr. Hicks would
((MR. HICKS WOULD WANT ME TO SAY PUBLICLY THAT HE NEVER EVER WAS INVOLVED IN
ANY DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME IN OR ABOUT A SCHOOL BUS OR WHILE WAS ON DUTY FOR
ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Hicks' Attorney
OUT Q=city schools.
On Wall Street the Dow began the week with a loss--dropping nine points and
finishing at 56 hundred 87. NASDAQ was up just a fraction of a point.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
An independent state report is questioning the Allen Administration's
handling of the computer system that would automate welfare reform.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission -- or J-LARC -- says former
Health and Human Resources Secretary Kay Coles James may have pulled the plug
on the troubled system TOO EARLY.
The report says that leaves local social service directors scrambling to
learn and apply thousands of new welfare regulations with NO computer system.
IN Q=As one of
((AS ONE OF THEM PUT IT, WE'VE BEEN LED OUT INTO THE DESERT AND THEN OUR CAMEL
HAS BEEN SHOT ON ADAPT. THAT'S HOW THEY FEEL THEY'VE BEEN TREATED BY THE STATE
((I MEAN THE FACTS ARE VERY CLEAR THAT ALL THE ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN ON ADAPT
IN THIS ADMINISTRATION WERE PRO-ACTIVE, PRO-TAXPAYER. AND I THINK IF YOU
REVIEW THAT DRAFT DOCUMENT, ONE OF THE TELLING THINGS IS THAT NOWHERE IN THE
DOCUMENT IS TAXPAYER MENTIONED. THERE WERE SEVERAL INACCURACIES AND WE
ACTUALLY FELT AS THOUGH BY THE TIME WE COMPLETED READING THE THING, WE MIGHT
HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND OUT WHO THE MAN ON THE GRASSY KNOLL WAS, SOME OF THEIR
CONCLUSIONS WERE SO OFF BASE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/JLARC Member; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Conway/Dep. Secretary of Health & Human Resources; :12
OUT Q=off base.
A state police investigation into possible CRIMINAL wrongdoing with the
welfare computers is ongoing.
Some heavy hitters stepped up to the plate today in Christy Brzonkala's
federal case against three Virginia Tech football players.
Attorneys from the U-S Justice Department AND the National Organization for
Women fielded questions from the chief federal judge in Roanoke.
Brzonkala filed her claim under the Violence against Women Act.
Tony Morrison and James Crawford say the new law is UN-Constitutional,
claiming that Congress is limited to legislation that affects interstate
An attorney for NOW's Legal Defense Fund says rape has economic
((PAM COUKOS: IT COSTS EMPLOYERS $3-5 BILLION A YEAR IN ABSENTEEISM. UP TO 50%
OF RAPE VICTIMS LEAVE THEIR JOBS OR ARE FIRED AS A RESULT OF THE ASSAULT.))
SUPER=01-Pamela Coukos/NOW Legal Defense Fund
OUT Q=the assault.
**Keith on ENG**
The Justice Department cited similar statistics and reviewed them with
newspaper reporters, but refused to re-iterate his case for television.
IN Q=Just my comments
((JOHN TYLER/JUSTICE DEPT.: JUST MY COMMENTS TO THE PRINT PRESS WILL BE FINE,
AND ALSO I HAVE TO CATCH A PLANE.))
SUPER=01-John Tyler/Justice Department Lawyer
OUT Q=catch a plane.
**Keith on ENG**
The Justice Department is not necessarily endorsing Brzonkala's claim. It
is obligated to defend acts of Congress against Constitutional challenges.
Also today, the judge dismissed the case against Cornell Brown. Witnesses
have said the defensive lineman was not there the night Brzonkala says she was
IN Q=Now Cornell can
((NOW CORNELL CAN GO ABOUT HIS BUSINESS AND DO WHAT HE LIKES TO DO BEST, PLAY
SUPER=01-Oglessa Brown/Cornell Brown's Mother
OUT Q=play football.
The salem Avalanche teams up with some little leaguers for aa baseball
clinic this afternoon, the Florida Panthers are one win away from hanging up
and Roy Stanley chats with some talented young lady volley ballers who are
preparing for the junior Olympics.
The Avalanche is back home tonight after a 4 game road swing. Salem has
lost 11 of it's last 14 and what better way to get back on the "Feel Good"
track than help some kids.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
Avalanche manager Bill McGuire and several players conducted a baseball
clinic this afternoon for little leaguers.
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=...a young kid"
The kids brightened the day for a team that has slipped to third place in
the Southern Division.
IN Q="One of
OUT Q=...on the mound"
Junie Donleavey and his Helig Meyers Winston Cup team has parted ways
with driver Mike Wallace.
SUPER=03-Wilkesboro, NC; :00
Wallace has competed in 58 Cup events and has 1 top 5 finish and only 2
top 10 finishes. No full time replacement has been named for the Richmond based
team. Phil Parsons will fill in this weekend in the UAW-GM Teamwork 500 at
The Florida Panthers face Stanley Cup final elimination tonight at 7:30 in
game 4 in Miami against Colorado.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Today; :00
The Avalanche leads the best of 7 series 3 games to none heading into
IN Q="I think
((DOUG MACLEAN/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Doug MacLean/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...game 3"
To the hard wood. The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers have named their new head
The franchise called a morning news conference to introduce Johnny Davis as
the new skipper of the Sixers. Davis replaces John Lucas, who was fired at the
end of the NBA season.
Davis has been a Trailblazer assistant under P.J. Carlisemo in Portland.
A group of young ladies from the area will represent the state of Virginia
in the Junior Olympic National Championships in San Jose California.
And Roy Stanley says the teams chances at winning may be slim but its an
indication that volley ball is growing in the area.
IN Q="The team...
SUPER=01-Allison Suggs/Volleyball Player; :19
SUPER=01-Dean Barao/Asst. Head Coach; :50
SUPER=01-Susan Clements/Volleyball Player; 1:12
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((The team called the NRV team Jupiter is made up of girls from the valley and
as far away as Gretna, Jefferson forest and Brookville.
The team qualified for the nationals by shocking the field and winning the
Old Dominion Region 18 and under championship in Richmond last month.
((ALLISON SUGGS/VOLLEYBALL PLAYER: ))
((NAT SOUND: ))
((The team has only been together for four years. It's success in the state
tournament is an indication that the sport is becoming competitive in this part
of the state.
Of course the Jupiter would like to bring a national title back to the area
but that's a long shot.))
((DEAN BARAO/ASST. COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((SUSAN CLEMENTS/VOLLEYBALL PLAYER: ))
((The Jupiter will leave Roanoke June 28-th for the nationals in San Jose,
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
The students at Clearbrook Elementary are becoming accustomed to the
hallways of their school looking more like a barn-yard.
IN Q=Look who is NAT SOUND
OUT Q=see sprouty NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
The entourage of llamas, ducks, and rabbits is part of the therapy Mona Sams
provides autistic children.
Sams just recently moved to Roanoke from Canada-- and she's brought with her
a few ways to reach non-verbal kids.
IN Q=It will NAT SOUND
((IT WILL TICKLE! ))
((IT'S ONLY A BEGINNING BUT THE ANIMALS CAN BE USED AS A CATALYST TO
INTERACTION AND THEY DON'T PASS JUDGEMENTS. ))
((THE ANIMALS DON'T PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE CHILDREN, SO THEY FEEL MORE
RELAXED AND THE DO CARRY A LOT OF ANXIETY BECAUSE THE WHOLE WORLD IS VERY
CONFUSING FOR THEM ))
SUPER=01-Mona Sams/Occupational Therapist; :07 quick
SUPER=01-Linda Hughes/Teacher; :12
OUT Q=for them.
In selecting animals for pet therapy, a good disposition is about the only