The sun is shining NOW.
But what a day we had.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the most comprehensive coverage of the storm
from Danville to Lexington, Richmond to Roanoke.
In sports, Several area college football teams open their season tomorrow.
The weather has postponed many of the football games but Friday Football Extra
is still set for tonight.
And qualifying for the Miller 400 at Richmond was postponed today but the
drivers are ready for tomorrow nights race.
In the wake of a tropical system, there is usually a quiet, warm spell.
Count on that in the Saturday forecast.
A humongous storm is come and gone in one day.
What was once Hurricane Fran left one dead, closed 15 major roads, stranded
scores of people; forced hundreds to evacuate and left hundreds-of- thousands
It was over in matter of hours. The impact will be with us a long time.
The storm may be over... the destruction may still be yet to come.
Fran came calling late last night.
Now, severe flooding may be the next unwelcomed guest in the Roanoke Valley.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince joins us from the Roanoke River with the latest.
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(Rollcue: flooding looks imminent.)
IN Q=Roanoke was
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke Public Information Officer;
SUPER=01-Joe Herron/Super Saver Grocery Store;
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Salem City Manager;
OUT Q=water passed by
Roanoke was spared from severe rain and wind damage as Fran reared her ugly
head in Southwest Virginia.
But the worst is likely yet to come.
Now that the storm has passed, the threat is now flood waters.
In fact, officials now estimate the Roanoke River will Crest to 18 feet come
IN Q=People here
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: PEOPLE HERE ARE GOING TO
LOOK TO THE SKY AND SAY EVERYTHING LOOKS WELL AND GOOD, BUT THEY SAY THERE'S A
WHOLE LOT OF WATER COMING TO ROANOKE THAT DIDN'T COME FROM ROANOKE AND THAT'S
WHAT WE NEED TO EXPECT IS THE WATER COMING ON THE UPSTREAM ROANOKE RIVER ))
OUT Q=roanoke river
That means there's a strong possibility homes and business along the banks
will suffer severe flooding.
IN Q=A lot
((JOE HERRON/SUPER SAVER GROCERY STORE: A LOT OF TROUBLE. A LOT OF WORK. WE
HAVE TO START TAKING PRECAUTIONS WHICH IS BASICALLY WHAT WE DID LAST NIGHT. WE
WERE EXPECTING IT LAST NIGHT SO WE DID ALL THE BOARDING UP WE COULD DO AND PULL
STUFF OFF THE SHELVES. ))
OUT Q=off the shelves
Meanwhile, Salem has received its share of flooding already.
The intersection of Mill Lane and West Riverside Drive is completely closed
off due to high waters.
But Salem officials say overall, the flooding shouldn't cause too many
IN Q=I think most
((RANDY SMITH/SALEM CITY MANAGER: I THINK MOST OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE NOW
UNTIL LATE THIS EVENING, EARLY TOMORROW MORNING, WILL BE AN INCONVENIENCE. ))
Hundreds of trailer parks residents in Salem have already been
A construction bridge on the interstate crumbled... sending a massive amount
of water down Mason's Creek.
Folks living in Ramey's and Salem Mobile Home Park were evacuated for a few
hours as the water passed by.
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Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Now let's check in with Robin Reed for the latest on the situation.
Robin in WxCenter
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(Robin tosses back to Keith)
SUPER=82-5.21''/plus 4.49''/40.96''/plus 10.59'';
SUPER=83-Over 0.34 foot/Down 4.46 foot;Lake levels
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The death of a woman in Highland County is being attributed to the storm.
She died trying to get through some high water on an all-terrain vehicle.
State officials experienced some surprises trying to manage the disaster
from the Richmond area.
More widespread high winds than predicted -- meaning a Virginia Power record
of over 413- thousand out -- mostly in eastern and central Virginia.
One good surprise -- the storm shifted east, into the flatter areas of
But there's a lot flash flooding. That means PLANNING for helicopter rescue
nat SOT 06:29:44
IN Q=We got
((WE GOT ABOUT 25 PEOPLE THERE, WE'VE GOT ABOUT... GOT IT. GOT IT.))12
((MICHAEL CLINE/VA. EMERGENCY SERVICES: WE THINK THAT SOME OF THE WORST NEWS
IS YET TO COME. NORMALLY WHEN YOU HAVE SEVERE FLASH FLOODING... CREST FOR
ANOTHER TWO DAYS.))
SUPER=01-Michael Cline/Va. Emergency Services; :13!!!!!
OUT Q=another two days.
Governor Allen has requested a Presidential declaration of a major disaster.
24 localities have made local declarations.
35 shelters are open statewide.
V-DOT says 15 primary roads and 253 secondary roads are closed, mostly along
the Route 29 corridor.
Fran could set a record on the Southside. The area was paralyzed by the storm
early this morning, but the worst may be still to come. Teresa Hamilton
reports all eyes are now focusing on the Dan River.
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services; :28
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7
In central Virginia, a brisk wind is drying things off nicely as the area
recovers from its bout with the storm.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg Newsroom.
Steve, a storm that packed a lot less punch toppled the Timber Lake dam last
year.. that wasn't the case this time around though..?..
That's right Keith, that rush of wind you heard in Campbell County was not
Hurricane Fran, but the sigh of relief from residents who still have a dam to
call their own.
IN Q=Two days ago
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Washington/Timberlake Homeowners Association; :21
SUPER=01-Barry Martin/Lynchburg Emergency Op. Co.; :47
OUT Q=for the city.
(( Two days ago, the engineers charged with rebuilding the Timber Lake dam had
a decision to make.
With Hurricane Fran bearing down on the east coast, a repeat of last June's
dam collapse was imminent.
But on Thursday, work crews cut a fourteen- foot wide notch through the dam
to let the excess water flow through.
It worked like a charm.
IN Q=The engineers
((DOUG WASHINGTON/TIMBERLAKE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: THE ENGINEERS AND OUR
MAINTENANCE PEOPLE ARE VERY, VERY PLEASED WITH HOW IT HELD UP, WE FEEL LIKE IT
MORE THAN HELD UP TO THE TEST.))
OUT Q=to the test.
The rest of central Virginia also passed Fran's test, some areas better than
Tons of water with no place to go flooded dozens of roadways, stranding
motorists and rerouting traffic.
But even as some waters have receded, others like the James River continue
IN Q=We anticipate
((BARRY MARTIN/LYNCHBURG EMERGENCY OPERATIONS: WE ANTICIPATE A CREST SOMETIME
IN THE A-M SATURDAY OF ABOUT 19 TO 20 FEET WHICH IS TWO TO THREE FEET OVER
FLOOD STAGE, AND SO IT OFFERS SOME PROBLEM, BUT IT'S NOT A REAL CRITICAL
PROBLEM FOR THE CITY.))
OUT Q=for the city.))
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more flood coverage coming up on News 7---
We will check in with Montgomery County, where one group of residents
waiting to be evacuated suddenly found themselves stranded. The outcome of
their dilemma plus much more when we return.
MUSIC UP FULL
The south fork of the Roanoke River forced numerous evacuations and closed
roads when it raged through Montgomery County.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Residents of this
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Keith/Possible Flood Victim; :26
SUPER=01-Betty Hall/Flood Victim; :39
SUPER=01-Jim Collins/Elliston Firefighter; :59
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Residents of this mobile home on Alleghany Springs Road stood helplessly
as the south fork of the Roanoke River threatened their home.
((LIKE I SAY I MADE MY LAST PAYMENT YESTERDAY ON IT. MAY BE HERE TOMORROW, I
DON'T KNOW. ))
About 50 residents of this neighborhood, including a mobile home park were
stranded all day at a country store, along with several police officers who
helped evacuate them.
The water rose too fast for everyone to drive out, or IN.
((I LIVE ABOUT THREE MILES UP THE ROAD AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED. ))
In Lafayette, some residents on route 11 are no strangers to high water.
Though it's higher than usual this time, it's bad every time.
((BETTY HALL/FLOOD VICTIM: IT'S ALL WE'VE GOT SO WE'RE SORT OF STUCK WITH IT. I
KIND OF WORRY ABOUT THIS TIME WHETHER IT'S GONNA MAKE IT THROUGH. IT'S BEEN
THROUGH IT SO MANY TIMES THAT IT'S GOTTA BE WEAKENED. ))
Hall's neighbor refused to leave her house until a state trooper ordered her
By then, rescuers who had pleaded with her to leave earlier had to use ropes
for her and their own protection to walk her out.
((JIM COLLINS/ELLISTON FIREFIGHTER: IT'S PRETTY SCARE. I HAVE A FAMILY AT HOME.
I JUST WORRY ABOUT THAT. ))
Fortunately, water-logged homes and roads will be the only casualties to
report. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Henry County also endured widespread flooding today. Families were forced to
evacuate and many more were left without power.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell has been following the situation there and reports tonight from
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(Rollcue: tide of muddy water)
IN Q=The remnants of Fran
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Lisa Moore/Henry Co. Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Lillie Dent/Henry Co. Resident; :55
OUT Q=safe somewhere
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Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
The stock market advanced strongly across the board today. The Dow climbed
nearly 53 points.
NASDAQ was up 13.
Rockbridge County officials braced for the worst.
But the tropical storm side-swiped the county leaving a lot of relieved
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Fran changed
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bennie Furr/BARC Electric; :27
SUPER=01-Bob Weikel/Rockbridge Co. Emergency Services; :39
OUT Q=News 7
SOT nat sot
IN Q=rushing water
Fran changed Buffalo Creek from a peaceful stream into a raging white water
The creek over ran its banks making travel on route 251 to Collierstown
IN Q=nat sot computer
Rain gauges in the Rockbridge County Emergency Services office flashed red
indicating the problem areas in the county.
But the rain wasn't the only trouble-maker.
High winds also reeked havoc.
IN Q=we've had some
((BENNIE FURR/BARC ELECTRIC: WE'VE HAD SOME HEAVY WINDS OVER HERE THIS MORNING
AND IT TOOK OUT A LOT OF TREES. WE'VE HAD TO CUT A LOT OF TREES OUT OF THE
ROAD JUST TO GET BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS.))
OUT Q=BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS
SOT PLEASE COVER WITH B-ROLL 11:15:33
IN Q=VIRGINIA POWER IS OUT
((BOB WEIKEL/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES: VIRGINIA POWER IS OUT.
BARC IS OUT. CONSEQUENTLY THE RAILROAD IS ALSO HAVING SOME PROBLEMS WITH THEIR
POWER AND IT'S TO MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SIGNAL LIGHTS AREN'T WORKING SO THE
ENGINEER DOESN'T KNOW IF ANYTHING IS ON THE TRACKS.))
OUT Q=ON THE TRACKS
The South River section of the county was also off limits.
But flood prone Buena Vista, escaped without any serious damage.
And the emergency relief shelters which opened Thursday night but weren't
Bob Weikel says Fran wasn't everything forecasters predicted and he's
Denise Allen News 7.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens will fill us in on what's happening on Friday
Football Extra tonight.
And the area college football teams will open their seasons tomorrow we'll
hear from the coaches.
The remnants of Hurricane Fran have all but cancelled every high school
football game in the state, but it can't stop Friday Football Extra.
toss to mike
Mike Stevens joins us with a rundown of all the postponed games.
Mike of big screen
Roy, Friday Football Extra has never been rained out in 13 years, and tonight
we'll be one as usual at 11:35.
But as you're about to see Fran has forced most area teams to either play
tomorrow night or Monday.
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SUPER=55-G.W. Danville/Mon./Person NC/6:30pm/Shawsville/Mon./Roanoke
SUPER=55-Cave Spring/Mon./Jefferson Forest/7:30pm/Magna Vista/Sat./Franklin
Co./7:30pm/Pulaski Co./Mon./Amherst Co./7:00pm;
SUPER=55-McNamara/Can./E.C. Glass//Dinwiddie/No/Halifax Co./Rpt./Rockbridge
SUPER=55-Alleghany/Sat./Parry McCluer/7:00pm/Staunton River/Sat./William
Draft/7:30pm/Bland Co./Mon./Grayson Co./7:00pm;
SUPER=55-Galax/Sat./Ft. Chiswell/7:00pm/Pocahontas Co./Sat./Bath
TOSS BACK TO ROY
Roy, again Friday Football Extra is on tonight. See you at 11:35.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have weathered the storm and are in Akron for
their Saturday night game with the Zips.
The Hokies open the season ranked in the top 20 in several college football
Tech has a 10 game winning streak dating back to last season. And Head
coach Frank Beamer says the Hokies need to play Virginia Tech football in the
season opener at Akron.
IN Q="You Play...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((BRAD BAYLOR/VA. TECH DEFENSIVE
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Brad Baylor/Va. Tech Defensive Lineman; :19
OUT Q=.........END OF THE SEASON."
The Virginia Cavaliers open their season at home against Central Michigan of
the Mid American Conference.
It's the first meeting between the Cavaliers and the Chippewas.
IN Q="I think...
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......chance to win."
Kickoff tomorrow night at David A. Harrison field and Scott Stadium is
Tropical Storm Fran's heavy rains and high winds have postponed all the
activities at the Richmond International Raceway today.
The Busch Grand National race will be held Sunday afternoon and qualifying
for the Miller 400 will be held tomorrow at Noon.
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SUPER=331-Slow Clearing/Wind:West-15mph/64-68/Partly Sunny/And Warm/84-86;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Light Winds/60-65/Partly Sunny/And Warmer/80-85;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Winds Diminish/65-70/Partly Sunny/Wind:SW-10mph/80-85;
SUPER=334-Clouds With A/Few Showers/60-63/Cloudy Skies/Light Winds/74-78;