Floyd's unrelenting fury wreaks havoc in the Bahamas.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, it's still far from our shores- -but you'll see why we're already affected by this huge hurricane's leading edge.
We've got LIVE reports from the coast and from areas closer to home... the ones that may be most affected by the storm.
In sports, Another Virginia starter is out with an injury.
and Callaway golf is ending its relationship with John Daly.
A glancing blow from a hurricane that grows weaker by the moment but central Virginia residents will get the big winds and heavy rain.
[SUPER=#4054; News 7 at Six Headline Banner]
Floyd hasn't hit land yet, but the hurricane is already demolishing coastal piers.
Virginia gets ready, and that includes lots of school closings.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Closing In]
Hurricane Floyd is closing in.
We have reports for you from across the region... one from Virginia Beach, as well.
The obvious questions, of course: where's the storm now and is it coming this way?
Here's meteorologist Robin Reed.
[Robin - Chroma-Key]
[CK/WXPRO] ALL FLOYD GRAPHICS
[TOSS BACK TO KEITH]
Eastern Virginia appears to be most at risk, and that's where the greatest precautions are in effect.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Ellen/Starlink]
Ellen Qualls is in Virginia Beach tonight, where the Tidewater is getting ready for another pounding.
[IN Q=The city of]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Marchbank/Emergency Operations Dir.; :16]
[OUT Q=ride this one out.]
Early reports had Floyd headed right for Danville.
[Double Boxes=Ellen/Starlink & Marya/Microwave]
And that's where Marya Jones is tonight.
Marya, has Danville managed to avoid big trouble?
Not yet. So far, Floyd's threat has only materialized as some persistent scattered showers.
But even as Southside residents and emergency management officials sit back and wait, they're taking this storm very seriously.
(rollcue...taking this storm very seriously.)
[IN Q=The day started out with flash flood]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dungan/Danville Public Info. Officer;]
[SUPER=01-Brad Rohlfsen/Lowe's Asst. Store Manager; ]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Waltman/Dan River Middle School;]
[OUT Q=than rather have a hurricane.]
The day started out with flash flood warnings for small streams in Danville and Pittsylvania County.
Flash floods that, so far, haven't materialized.
But Danville emergency officials echoed what officials all over Southside were saying. They'll be on standby for whatever Floyd brings.
[SOT 15:45:33 - :40]
((BRUCE DUNGAN/DANVILLE PUBLIC INFO. OFFICER: THE GUN IS OUT THERE AND IT'S LOADED. THE ONLY THING IS IT HASN'T FIRED AT US YET AND WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL FIRE AT US OR NOT.))
That uncertainty didn't stop residents from flooding local stores to stock up on supplies.
[SOT 15:22:08 - :18]
((RHONDA TOWLER: LOTS OF WATER AND NONPERISHABLES, LOTS OF SNACKS, STUFF THAT'S NOT GOING TO GO BAD IF THE POWER GOES OUT. ))
[SOT 15:24:02 - :11]
((JAY THORNE: WE MOVED HERE FROM CHARLESTON ABOUT A YEAR AGO. THOUGHT WE HAD ESCAPED FROM THE TRAUMA, BUT OF COURSE, NOW WITHIN A YEAR, WE'RE GOING TO GET HIT WITH THE POSSIBLE REMNANTS OF A HURRICANE. ))
Same story across town at Lowe's Home Improvements, where residents went on a hurricane buying frenzy. Portable generators sold out in just hours yesterday.
[SOT 15:37:33 - :40]
((BRAD ROHLFSEN/LOWE'S: THIS IS WHERE MY FLASHLIGHTS WERE AND MY BATTERIES. AND I THINK HURRICANE FLOYD HAS ALREADY HIT THIS AREA. ))
And Floyd made his presence known to Pittsylvania County school kids... They got to go home early.
[SOT 15:34:10 - :16]
(( JOSHUA WALTMAN/DAN RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 6TH GRADER: WELL, IT'S OK, BUT I'D RATHER STAY IN SCHOOL THAN HAVE A HURRICANE. ))
The long arm of Floyd has reached into central Virginia, where heavy rains arrived shortly after twelve noon.
[Double Boxes=Marya/Microwave & Steve/Microwave]
Steve Smallshaw joins us from outside Lynchburg's 9-1-1 center.. Steve, what's the latest from city officials there?
(rollcue...50 to 60 miles an hour.)
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :15]
[SUPER=01-Mark Johnson/Lynchburg Social Services; :44]
[OUT Q=And a pillow.]
The first signs of Floyd could be seen around 11 a-m.. as the winds picked up and rain began to fall.
Inside Lynchburg's 9-1-1 center, officials have been keeping a close eye on the storm... and preparing for the worst.
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: ))
[TAKE FULL-SCREEN GRAPHIC]
Here are some numbers for Lynchburg residents to keep in mind: AEP customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-956-4237.. the number for downed trees and blocked storm drains is 847-1626.. and school closing information is available at 847-1420.
(ad lib live tag)
[Double Boxes=Keith & Steve/Microwave]
In the Roanoke Valley today, the changing forecast left officials breathing a little easier....
But Joe Dashiell reports they did not suspend their preparations for the storm.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Gray skies]
[SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Roanoke Emergency Services; :13]
[SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross; :31]
[SUPER=01-Bob Ham/Va. Amateur Radio Emer. Service; :54]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((Gray skies brought light rain to western Virginia, and promise of more to come.
For the Roanoke Valley Disaster Recovery Committee a long- scheduled meeting took on added importance...
[IN Q=It's encouraging]
((IT'S ENCOURAGING THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET SOME RAIN FROM THIS HURRICANE. I THINK THE PROBLEM WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IS WHAT TYPE OF WIND WE'RE GOING TO BE RECEIVING FROM THIS.))
[OUT Q=receiving from this.]
The American Red Cross welcomed Leonard Allen and Ronnie Harper with open arms, as officials there put out the call for more blood donors.
[IN Q=We may be asked]
((WE MAY BE ASKED IN ROANOKE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA TO HELP THOSE AREAS IMPACTED BY THE HURRICANE WHERE DONORS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO BLOOD DRIVES, BLOOD DRIVES WILL BE CANCELLED.))
[OUT Q=will be cancelled.]
If trouble strikes, local amateur radio operators are also prepared to pitch in...
[NAT SOT OF RADIO NOISE]
[IN Q=For the last couple of days.]
((FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, WE'VE BEEN IN, CHECKING THE EQUIPMENT, THE ANTENNA SYSTEMS, THE FUNCTIONING OF EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE WE'RE WELL-PREPARED... TO ASSURE THAT WE HAVE ADEQUATE BATTERIES, BACKUP GENERATORS OR FUEL FOR THE GENERATORS, AND TO BE SURE THAT IN THE EVENT FLOYD DOES CREATE A LOT OF HAVOC IN THIS PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH THAT WE'RE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=to deal with it.]
Bob Ham is now hopeful western Virginia will be spared the worst damage, but says the region's amateur radio operators will be ready to do their part.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[Airport]
Airport officials are watching Floyd like the rest of us.
They say -- so far -- few flights have been affected.
But there's an easy way to P.
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.
[Take FS Graphic]
There's a link to the airport's website at OUR website:
Visit our "Webwatch" section at W-D-B-J-7 dot-com.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Governor Gilmore wants your support for highway projects. Tonight, a News 7 poll shows whether most Virginians are behind it.
And the jury passes sentence on this man... for a fatal traffic accident.
[wx ad lib]
[MUSIC UP FULL]
John Claude Love will serve time for leaving the scene of last June's deadly motorcycle accident in Blacksburg.
Love was behind the wheel when his pickup struck and killed two 21-year olds, Michael Perry and Michael Dove
This morning-- Love was found guilty of felony hit and run and sentenced to 18- months in prison.
[IN Q=He's in ]
((MAC CHAMBERS/LOVE'S ATTORNEY: HE'S IN SHOCK, RIGHT NOW, HE'S FRUSTRATED AND WE MAY APPEAL.))
[SUPER=01-Mac Chambers/Love's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=may appeal.]
Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of five years in prison-- based on Love's criminal record.
Just months after the fatal crash-- Love was arrested for driving under the influence.
Prosecutor Phil Keith thought Love should have expressed more remorse for his role in the crash.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 17, 1997]
The trial of David Griffin ended in a mistrial today.
He's accused of killing his roommate and setting the house on fire two years ago.
But inconsistencies over James Cline's death as a homicide led the judge to declare a mistrial.
The case was rescheduled for trial in January.[Stocks]
A down day on Wall Street thanks to a late-session selloff.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
The Dow fell 109 points.
Nasdaq tumbled 54.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll]
When he announced his transportation plan ... Governor Gilmore said there was something in it for everyone.
A News 7 Mason-Dixon Poll shows most Virginia voters agree.
[PRE PRO ON TAPE]
The poll says ... statewide ... 67-percent of voters approve of spending two billion dollars over the next six years.
Support is weakest in Northern Virginia ... where 59 percent approves of the plan.
In the Roanoke region ... the approval rate is 62-percent.
In Southside, 71-percent.
Northern Virginia is the only region willing to pay higher taxes for better roads.
Fifty-two percent of voters there favor a one-percent hike in the sales tax.
64-percent of Roanoke voters OPPOSE a tax hike.
So does 62-percent of Southside voters.
Bedford City residents are no longer under mandatory water restrictions.
City Council lifted the restrictions at last night's meeting.
But Bedford residents are still being asked to observe voluntary water conservation measures.
And coming up, John Daly loses Callaway golf as his sponsor.
And Mike Stevens met a racing legend and an unknown from south of the border in Martinsville earlier this week.
When and if John Daly decides to return to the P-G-A tour, He'll be looking for a major sponsor.
Today, Callaway Golf announced it is ending its relationship with Daly because he violated a contract clause not to drank and gamble and then refused to get help.
The company chairman Ely Callaway says the company cares about Daly as a person, golfer and friend. But Callaway adds that Daly can't continue as a company rep when he's not prepared to deal with the alcohol and gambling problems he has.
The Martinsville Speedway hosted, perhaps, its most unusual test session ever this week as a Super Truck legend and an unknown from South of the Border gave the track a workout in separate Winston Cup cars. Mike Stevens explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Ron Hornaday/Hopes to Make Napa 500; :22]
[SUPER=01-Jaime "Jimmy" Morales/Testing for Team Sabco; :51]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
The Virginia Cavaliers have a big conference game at home this Saturday against Wake Forest and they may have to play without defensive end Travis Griffith.
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/This Past Saturday; :]
X-Rays taken yesterday indicate Griffith has a sprained ankle suffered in this weekends loss at Clemson.
[GRAPHIC=Hold UVA Logo]
Griffith will be out indefinitely and most likely miss the homecoming game against Wake Forest.
Denver running back Terrell Davis has an injured wrist but he's expected to be in the Bronco lineup this weekend.
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO/ABC SPORTS; :]
Davis injured his right wrist during Monday night's loss to Miami. X-rays reveled no breaks of fractures and Davis says he will play in this weekends game.
At a press conference today the wrist was wrapped and Davis said it was a little sore.
[ENG/FULL]LOCAL WEATHER VIDEO
[ADD CHYRON/ENG/FULL]HIGHS & LOWS
[CK/CHYRON/5 PAGES] FORECASTS
[ESS/FULL] EXTENDED FORECAST[Forecasts]
[SUPER=330-Periods of Rain/Wind NE-30/60-65/Windy Early/Gusts To 30mph/68-70]
[SUPER=331-Very Windy/Heavy Rain/62-66/More Rain/Gusts 40mph/68-74]
[SUPER=332-Periods of Rain/Gusts 30mph/52-55/Rain Likely/Wind N-35/63-65]
[SUPER=333-Windy With/Rain Showers/55-58/Gusty Winds/And Showers/60-62]
[SUPER=334-Showers And/Gusty Winds/50-55/Winds Diminish/Showers End/62-64]
That's News 7 at 6. We will run down the complete list of school closings next, as Dan Rather brings coverage of Hurricane Floyd from the Atlantic Coastline.
(Weekday 6 only)
[SUPER=x4032; e-mail/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS]
SUPER=x4033; Fax/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
(Weekend 6 only)