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Tornados ripped through parts of the viewing area yesterday.
One touched down near Ridgeway in Henry County.
It hit around three-thirty yesterday afternoon; uprooting trees and damaging several trailor homes in the area.
One witness says it was a scary experience.
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((MARGARET ANDERSON: YOU HAD A FUNNEL CLOUD. IT WAS LIKE NOT THE MOVIE TWISTER BUT SIMILAR. SO YOU HAD DEBRIS FLYING AND THEN WE CAME OUT TO LOOK AND IT WAS JUST DARKNESS, TOTAL DARKNESS. AND, IN THIRTY SECONDS IT WAS OVER.))
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The tornado ripped off much of the siding on the homes leaving twisted metal and debris in its path.
It also tore off the roof on Armand Harrell's barn and he says it left a twisted pattern to a long fence that used to cut a straight path through his field.
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[IN Q=We could hear]
((ARMAND HARRELL: WE COULD HEAR IT ROLLING LIKE A TRAIN AND OF COURSE THE WIND GOT EXTREMELY HIGH AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THIS ROOF HAD BEEN REMOVED AND THIS FENCE UNTIL I WALKED DOWN HERE AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I HAD SEEN.))
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The tornado was followed by periods of rain and some lightening.
There were no reports of anyone injured from the damage in Henry County.
Other tornados were reported in the Cascade and Axton areas of Pittsylvania County[2-NC-Tornado]
Parts of North Carolina and Georgia also suffered tornado damage.
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A twister in Stoneville, North Carolina, killed at least two people and injured 19.
The downtown area took a direct hit.
Rescuers worked through the night searching for other survivors.
The same storm that hit Stoneville later moved into Henry and Pittsylvania counties.
The most powerful tornado hit Gainesville Georgia, just north of Atlanta.
At least eleven people were killed as a result of that storm.
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[SUPER=01-Zell Miller/Georgia Governor]
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Five Georgia counties have been declared disaster areas.
There's no word on disaster declarations in North Carolina or Virginia.
You might not think it, but along the trails of the national forest lie good sites for finding SEA SHELLS.
Sea shell FOSSILS, that is.
In fact, the New Castle forest district is especially rich in remains from ancient times.
And you don't have to be an archaelogist to find them.
Kimberly McBroom takes us on a fossil hunt in this week's edition of "Time Off".
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[SUPER=01-Tom Collins/U.S. Forest Service; :45]
[SUPER=01-Ben Crooks/Gem & Mineral Society; 1:42]
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(( It's hard to imagine, but 350 million years ago, this area was covered by ocean water.
And in this ancient sea lived many marine life forms.
Today, their fossil remains are plentiful throughout the New Castle district of the national forest.
The Fenwick Mines area boasts many of these deep sea treasures.
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((TOM COLLINS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: SOMETIMES, THE ROCKS ALONG THE CREEKS LOOK LIKE THIS ON THE OUTSIDE, AND YOU CAN SEE THE FOSSILS. YOU DON'T NEED A HAMMER OR ANYTHING, YOU CAN SEE THE FOSSIL IMPRESSIONS IN THE ROCK. AND YOU CAN TELL THEM BY THEIR INDENTATIONS AND BY THE SEA SHELLS.))
Just like the ocean tides bring in sea shells, rainfall during any season exposes fossil rock to the surface, making them easy for just about anyone to find.
((TOM COLLINS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: THAT'S WHAT'S FUN ABOUT HUNTING FOR FOSSILS, IS THAT YOU CAN GO OUT IN THE WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, WHENEVER.))
Digging up these ancient treasures isn't just fun-- it also provides clues to geologists about changes in the environment and global climates.
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((TOM COLLINS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: SO, IT'S NOT JUST SOME DEAD OLD ROCKS, IT ALSO RELATES TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD TODAY.))
The Roanoke Valley Gem and Mineral Society is working with the forest service to take inventory of fossils that are discovered in the area.
((WHERE BE THE BIG ONES? AH, HERE WE GO WITH MORE LAYERS. NOW, IN THERE SOMEWHERE, THE ROCK IS GOING TO BE EXPOSED. SOMEWHERE IN THERE IS A LAYER OF ROCK WITH FOSSILS IN IT.))
Ben Crooks is one of nearly 300 members of the organization, which specializes in educating the public by sharing its findings.
To be a member, he says, you have to be an EXPLORER at heart.
((BEN CROOKS/GEM & MINERAL SOC.: WITH ME, IT'S THE THRILL OF THE DISCOVERY. I HAVEN'T FOUND GOLD YET-- DON'T THINK I WILL. I PROBABLY HAVE, BUT WAS MORE INTERESTED IN THE FOSSILS IN THE STREAM. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, REALLY-- YEAH.))
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE FOREST SERVICE ENCOURAGES TREASURE HUNTERS TO COME LOOK FOR FOSSILS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY FALLEN TO THE GROUND. THEY JUST ASK THAT YOU DON'T USE THEM FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES AND THAT YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING TO DAMAGE FOREST PROPERTY. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, NEW CASTLE.))
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To get a better idea of what fossils in the area look like, you can access the U.S. Forest service on the W-D-B-J 7 home page.
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A Cinderella story ended last night in Saint Louis, Missouri.
That's where Valparaiso met Rhode Island in the Midwest Region Semifinals.
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Coach Homer Drew and his Valpo team won a lot of hearts during the past two weeks.
But the cinderella team is stripped of the ball by Rhode Island's Tyson Wheeler, Wheeler gets the easy lay up.
Rhode Island blocked Valpo's way all night, the long ally-oop to Luther Clay draws the foul.
Bryce Drew sinks the crucial three here, but he can't pull out the victory this time and Rhode Island sends cinderella home from the dance early 74-to-68.
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And you can catch all the division one and two college basketball action here on your hometown station as teams continue down the road to the final four.
Coverage begins at 12-30 this afternoon with the Division Two National Championship.
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You can catch the Division one west regional pitting Utah and Arizona against eachother at 3-30.
And the games continue at 6 with North Carolina and Connecticut in the east regional.
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The Nailers wheeled into the round house last night and stole a victory preventing the Express from breaking a franchise record.
This goal judge had a front row seat for last night's action.
We pick up the action in the first period where Wheeling's Joe Harney crosses to Mike Melas who finishes putting the Nailers on the board first.
Check out Express goalie Daniel Berthiaume snatching up the puck right out from the stick of this Wheeling player.
[SUPER=38-Roanoke/2/Wheeling/3/Shootout;] And Express' Michael Smith also takes care of business with this long slap
shot tying the score at one.
But the Wheeling Nailers prevail in shoot out 3--to--2.
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The Express has another shot at breaking the franchise regular season win record TONIGHT when they host Chesapeake.
And March Madness continues in the Salem Civic Center today as The Division Three N-C-Double-A National Basketball Champion is decided.
Today matchups are Wilkes plays Williams College at 2-30 in the consolation game.
And at five Hope, Michigan and Wisconsin-Platteville meet for the championship.[S2-Darlington]
The rain held off at Darlington yesterday afternoon to allow the Winston Cup cars to get in first round time trials for Sunday's Transouth 400.
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The competition was so intense that rookie Kevin Lepage was on the pole at one point in time trials in his unsponsored machine, he ended up 10th.
In the end, the Fords with their smaller spoilers would still dominate as Jeff Burton qualified on the outside pole, and his teammate Mark Martin won the pole for a Rousch racing sweep.
Now here's the top 25.
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[Super=107-1. Mark Martin/168.665/2. Jeff Burton//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Dick Trickle//5. Kenny Irwin//;]
[Super=107-6. Bobby Labonte//7. Michael Waltrip//8. Sterling Marlin//9. Ward Burton//10. Kevin Lepage//;]
[Super=107-11. Geoff Bodine//12. Greg Sacks//13. David Green//14. Rusty Wallace//15. Rick Mast//;]
[Super=107-16. John Andretti//17. Robert Pressley//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Mike Skinner//20. Ted Musgrave//;]
[Super=107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Brett Bodine//23. Randy LaJoie//24. Jeff Gordon//25. Jerry Nadeau//;]
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