Coming up on News 7, the Carolinas prepare to catch the full brunt of Hurricane Floyd as the Category Three Storm
prepares to come ashore in the early morning hours.
No real change in our local forecast. Still expecting gusty winds and periods of heavy rain as the hurricanes moves up the coast tonight.
Today in health check --
Medical problems increase with age -- so some people over 60 today found out exactly what kind of shape they're in.
And one doctor is making strides in breast cancer research.
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This is Hurricane Floyd as it hit the Bahamas-
And in Florida the storm made quick work of a pier- as it barrels up the East Coast.
Hurricane Floyd is expected to make landfall around midnight tonight- somewhere between Charleston South Carolina- and Myrtle Beach.
Maureen Maher is standing by in Charleston- where driving rain and high winds have already begun.
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((Florida may have been spared much of Floyd's fury, but the hurricane is
still being felt up and down the coast.
A pier in Daytona Beach proved to be no match for Floyd. Its wooden beams quickly swallowed by the storm's 35-foot waves. Strong winds also
toppled trees, ripped apart roofs, and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. Residents did what they could to secure homes
and boats before evacuating:
Resident: We got all the lines on board, everything is doubled up. We just keep
our fingers crossed like everyone else.. right.
Floridians may be breathing a sigh of relief, but residents in the Carolinas are taking a deep breath. That's because Floyd's winds are
already whipping across the South Carolina coast, with the eye forecast
to hit land overnight. Thousands of residents of South Carolina have
People living in North Carolina's Outer Banks have been ordered to leave as well. Those who lived through Hurricane Hugo ten years are taking no
chances with Floyd.
They're taking swells out there in South Carolina right now. On top of that will probably be another 6 to 8 feet of waves. So if you're on the beach, get out."))
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The first effects of the storm were felt in Lynchburg and central Virginia this afternoon, as the winds picked up and heavy rain began to fall.
That's where Steve Smallshaw is standing by.. Steve what is it like there now?
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(rollcue: "...starting to feel Floyd's presence".)
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(( Inside Lynchburg's 9-1-1 center, there's a not- so subtle message for Hurricane Floyd scrolling across the t-v screens in the briefing room.. whether Floyd takes the hint remains to be seen, but city officials are prepared for the worst.
Police chief Charles Bennett says the key is preparation, not panic.
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WE WANT PEOPLE TO REMAIN CALM, TO DO THOSE SORT OF THINGS THAT ARE REASONABLE IN PREPARATION, BUT WE'LL CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU UPDATES.))
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The Salvation army is ready to provide shelter for up to 250 people, and the Red Cross will respond as needed.
And about seven thousand power company workers are on standby.
((LARRY JACKSON/AEP: WE'VE NOT STARTED MOVING ANYONE YET, BECAUSE WE OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE DAMAGE IS GOING TO BE AND WE'RE NOT REAL SURE WHERE THE STORM'S GOING TO GO.))
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Here are some phone numbers authorities want you to be aware of for the next couple of days... the # for A-E-P cus
tomers to report power outages is 1-800- 956-4237...that system can handle up to 10 thousand calls an hour so you should be able to get through..
for downed trees and blocked storm drains call 847-1626... and if you want to know whether Lynchburg schools will be open Thursday, call 847-1420.
Officials want people to use these numbers and NOT to call 9-1-1 to get information or report non- emergency situations. Jean?
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All of Southside is bracing for Floyd to make his presence known.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for small streams in Danville and southern Pittsylvania County.
So far, streams have stayed at safe levels throughout the day.
Local residents, however, have FLOODED in to stores to stock up on hurricane supplies.
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((RHONDA TOWLER: THEY WERE BUYING EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. LOTS OF PEOPLE GOING TO THE MEAT COUNTER GETTING PERISHABLE THINGS, WHICH I GUESS, THEY WANT SOMETHING TO HAVE FOR THEIR LAST MEAL BEFORE THE POWER GOES OFF. ))
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We'll have more for you on how Southside is preparing for Floyd on News 7 at 6.
Coming up after this break, local air travelers have a new way to keep track of their flights from home,
And a man from Montgomery County learns if he will go to prison for leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
The Blacksburg man who's pickup struck and killed two men on a motorcycle will serve time in prison.
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The collision last summer in Blacksburg claimed the lives of 21-year old Michael Perry and 21-year old Michael Dove.
This morning, a jury found 28-year old John Claude Love guilty of felony hit and run and sentenced him to 18-months in prison.
Prosecutor Phil Keith was hoping for the maximum of five years.
Before beginning deliberations, Keith reminded the jury Love never directly said he was sorry.
However, Love's attorney says his client is remorseful.
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((MAC CHAMBERS/LOVE'S ATTORNEY: HE MENTIONED YESTERDAY, DURING THE TRIAL THAT HE KEPT SEEING THIS BODY COME HIT AND HE HAD NIGHTMARES FROM IT AND HE HAD EXPRESSED REMORSE FOR THIS.))
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A few months after the fatal crash, Love was arrested for driving under the influence and has been in jail since March.
The time served will be subtracted from the sentence he just received.
If you call 911, the emergency dispatcher automatically knows where you are calling from-
but if you use a cellular phone that's not the case.
Today the Government took steps to change that.
The Federal Communications Commission wants cellular companies to provide phones with locator technology within two years.
The FCC approved new ground rules to make that happen.
The technology could mean phone handsets that could be located by a global position satellite system.
The FCC chairman says the decision will save lives.
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So far ... the weather isn't affecting many flights in or out of the Roanoke airport.
But there's an easy way you can double check.
If you're planning to catch a plane or pick up someone who's flying in ...
There's up-to-date information on the airport's website.
At "Roanoke airport dot-com" you can see arrival and departure pages.
They're the same as the video screens you'd see inside the terminal.
There's a link to the airport's website at OUR website:
Visit W-D-B-J-7 dot-com.
If you need to warm up from this cooler wet weather- Patrick Evans has a suggestion.
He's somewhere that's hotter than a chili pepper.
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Today in the two minute sportsticker, Steve Mason will have this week's look at High School basketball action.
Tonight in health check --
A new discovery in breast cancer research.
Plus -- hundreds of people over age 60 did something today to protect their health.
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A doctor in Portland believes she has made a discovery that may someday save the lives of thousands of women with breast cancer.
Kris Eisenhauer reports.
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The weather didn't keep participants away from the League of Older Americans Wellness Day.
Hundreds of Roanoke senior citizens attended to test their physical condition from head to toe.
LOA and Carilion Health System hosted Wellness Day today at the Kazim Shrine Temple.
The events featured every aspect imaginable in health care from blood sugar screenings, eye exams and massage therapy.
This year's expanded events are designed to provide more effective follow up to any problems identified through screenings.
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((DORIS HANSEL/WELLNESS DAY CHAIRPERSON: IF WE FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS THE BEGINNINGS OF GLAUCOMA OR THEIR BLOOD SUGAR IS TOO HIGH, WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW UP WITH THAT AND MAKE SURE THEY'RE GETTING THE PROPER CARE, FOLLOW UP, MEDICATIONS WHATEVER.ETHEL ABERY/PARTICIPANT: I KNOW THAT I HAVE TO HAVE MY EYES EXAMINED AGAIN, THEY REMINDED ME ABOUT THAT, IT'S DUE NOW.))
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This year's health screening is in preparation for an exercise program LOA is starting for seniors.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly is back in the house again today. Steve Mason is here with the story of a gentleman who wears two very important hats.
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((Meet Dan Bonner. In 15 years he become one of the most informative and accurate basketball analysis on national TV. Away from the cameras, he likes his free time, especially during the fall. But one week before Robert E. Lee's girls basketball team tryouts, the Fighting Lee women lost their coach.
While Bonner served as the head coach for the UVa women for two seasons in the late 70's, the situations then and now are hardly the same.
What Bonner lacks in experience, he makes up for in other ways.
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((WHITNEY VAUGHN/LEE TWO GUARD:))
Bonner's already strong love for the game has been refreshed by his players, who have seen a completely different side of the calm and composed bigtime TV announcer.
Bonner and his 3 and 2 Fighting Lee women will try and improve their record tomorrow night. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
If you're concerned about the wind and rain, Patrick Evans has found a safe haven for you, buried beneath the Patrick Henry Hotel in downtown Roanoke.
It's the newest location for Chili Peppers.
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