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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS HEADLINES HALF HOUR
SNOW IN FLORIDA-VOTOPS HL1) COLD BLAST-VO
GOOD MORNING-2SHOT CLIP QUAD BOX 2SHOT BUMP TO BREAK-COPYRIGHT
STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS BREAK THREE 6:25
FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR 6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS
COLD BLAST-CLIP MANATEE AERIALS-VOTOPS
COLD WEATHER SET UP-2SHOT-VO SNOWING IN KISSIMMEE-VOTOPS
COLD WEATHER SET UP-WIPE VO GOOD MORNING-5SHOT
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
LANDSCAPING COLD-2SHOT-BOXES CODY ~ WEATHER-WX CTR
LANDSCAPING COLD-LIVE COLD BLAST-CLIP
LANDSCAPING COLD-VO SET UP CAP NEWS-2SHOT-VO
LANDSCAPING COLD-SOT TYPOON LAGOOD-WIPE VO
LANDSCAPING COLD-LIVE TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP COLD SHELTERS OPENING-2SHOT-BOXES
NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-2SHOT COLD SHELTERS OPENING-LIVE
NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-PKG COLD SHELTERS OPENING-VO
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP COLD SHELTERS OPENING-SOT
TOSS TO EM-2SHOT COLD SHELTERS OPENING-LIVE
GET MORE EMILY-NAVI IN TOUCH FLORIDA COLD DEATHS-KEYRVL
GET MORE EMILY-VOTOPS TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
MACK GET MORE-2SHOT WX CENTER MACK MORE-3SHOT
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP LAST SNOW IN FLORIDA-KEY
COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT-BOXES TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP EMILY ON FLIGHTS-VO IN TOUCH
MED MARIJUANA UPDATE-OC-VO EMILY ON FLIGHTS-VIDBOX FULL, OC TOUCH
PG POLICE CHIEF-KEY GET MORE LANDSCAPING-OC-VO
NEW TODAY-CLIP NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-OC-VO
DOUG JONES AND TINA SMITH-OC-VO NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-SOTVO
SENATOR RETIRING-OC-VO COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT
NEW VIDEO-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
PALESTINIAN TEEN SLAP-OC-VO LOCKLEAR SEX ASSAULT-OC-VO
NEW DETAILS-CLIP LOCKLEAR SEX ASSAULT-SOTVO
LOTTO-OC-VO-OC NYE BULLETS-OC-VO
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP NYE BULLETS-SOTVO
TEASE ONE NEW DETAILS-CLIP
TZ1A) MCGREGOR DANGERS-VO TRUMP BIG BUTTON-OC-VO
TZ1B) CITRUS GROWERS-VO WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS
TZ 1C) MORE IN THE MORNING-LIVE CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX WALL
TZ 1D) CODY WEATHER-WX CTR TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
BREAK ONE 6:10 AM PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP TEASE 4-CLIP
MCGREGOR DANGERS-SOTVO-2SHOT TZ4A) HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO
MCGREGOR DANGERS-PKG TZ4B) CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE
TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS BREAK FOUR 6:39
PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT COLD BLAST-CLIP
WEARTHER RATE OPEN-CLIP HOME HEATING ISSUES-2SHOT-VO
CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-WXWALL HOME HEATING ISSUES-SOTVO
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP GET MORE HEAT BILL-VO IN KEY
MITM-2SHOT-BOXES TOSS TO CODY-2SHOT
MITM-LIVE STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP
GET MORE-DO NOT TRACK CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX WALL
CITRUS GROWERS AND COLD-OC-VO GET MORE-DO NOT TRACK
CITRUS GROWERS AND COLD-SOTVO CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL COLD-BOXES
TEASE AHEAD-2SHOT-SS CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL COLD-LIVE
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP EMILY NEW SOCIAL PICS-NAVI IN TOUCH, FS
NEW GAINES BABY-OC-VO TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
DJ KHALID WEIGHT WATCHERS-VO IN KEY PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP CRIME ALERT-CLIP
TEASE TWO STRAY BULLET-OC-VO
TZ2A) CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-VO STRAY BULLET-SOTVO
TZ 2B) CODY WEATHER TEASE-WX GFX TOPS HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
BREAK TWO 6:21 AM NEW YEARS RESOLUTION-OC-VO
NEW VIDEO-CLIP NEW YEARS RESOLUTION-SOTVO
LOGAN PAUL APOLOGIZES-VO IN TOUCH TEASE FIVE-CLIP
LOGAN PAUL APOLOGIZES-SOTVO TZ5A) TOSS TO BREAK-???
NEW DETAILS-CLIP BREAK FIVE 6:50AM
CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-OC-VO GMA FIRST LOOK-CLIP - PKG
CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-SOTVO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP
COLD BLAST-CLIP TS1) COLD IN FLORIDA-VO
OLD SNOW BALL FIGHT-VOTOPS TS2) SHELTERS IN SWFL-VO
NEW VIDEO-CLIP TS3) LANSCAPING COLD-VO
FREEWAY CHICKENS-OC-VO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-5SHOT-SUPER
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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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SNOW IN FLORIDA-VOTOPS


THIS MORNING--

WE START WITH *SNOW IN FLORIDA.

ITS HARD TO SEE--

BUT THOSE ARE FLURRIES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.

THIS VIDEO--

FROM OVIEDO FLORIDA--

NEAR ORLANDO. Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING-2SHOT CLIP QUAD BOX 2SHOT


GOOD MORNING IM CHRISTINA CARILLA.

AND IM GREG PARKER.

NOW THIS MORNING--

WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THAT COLD FRONT MOVING SOUTH.

WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE TODAY.

METEROLOGIST CODY MURPHY IS WATCHING YOUR RADAR IN OUR STORM WARN 7 FORECAST CENTER--

JOINED BY FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART.

AND ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD--

IS OUT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY--

WHERE KIDS--

ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL --

AND FACING CHILLY TEMPERATURES.

ANCHOR EMILY BURRIS--

KEEPING AN EYE ON A WINTER STORM--

BEING CALLED A "BOMB CYCLONE."

WHY THE EAST COAST--

IS FREAKING OUT.

AND ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG--

LIVE--

WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO--

TO KEEP YOUR LANDSCAPING SAFE FROM THE COLD.

BUT FIRST--

WE'RE GOING TO DIVE RIGHT IN TO WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

WITH STORMWARN 7 METEOROLOGIST CODY MURPHY. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR


Another big blast of cold air arrives in Southwest Florida today, but before the chilly air rushes in, we'll see the potential for a few showers today.

The highest rain chance will come during the first half of the day, so grab the umbrella on the way out the door this morning.

Today's rain won't be too heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will generally stay below a quarter inch.

Temperatures won't start of as low as yesterday morning, but it's still going to be quite chilly especially once you factor in the brisk northerly wind that will gust up to 20-25 mph at times today.

We'll start off in the low to mid 50s this morning, and with some breaks in the clouds this afternoon, we should manage to warm into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures will turn sharply cold tonight, and the wind will make it feel several degrees colder.

Morning lows Thursday will tumble into the low 40s in town and into the mid to upper 30s across our inland communities like Hendry and Glades County.

Wind chill values, however, will get down into the 30s and possibly as low as the upper 20s deep inland.

The good news is Thursday and Friday will feature a lot more sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to reach the low 60s thanks to a cold northerly wind.

Friday and Saturday morning will be the coldest of the week, and temperatures will be close to freezing for locations farther north like Arcadia and deeper inland over portions of Glades and Hendry County.

A freeze watch may be issued for our inland counties for Friday and Saturday morning, so precautions may need to be taken to protect plants and vegetation here.

The cold snap ends late this weekend into early next week as temperatures rebound into the 70s, but long-range forecast models hint at another cool down coming by the middle of next week. Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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COLD WEATHER SET UP-2SHOT-VO


THANKS CODY.

NOW LET'S GET YOU MORE.

THIS MORNING-- PARTS OF FLORIDA--

ARE PREPARING FOR SNOW.

SCHOOLS IN TALLAHASSEE ARE CLOSING.

THAT INCLUDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS--

AND FSU.

THEY COULD GET AN INCH OF SNOW--

AND ICE.

MEANWHILE--

GOVERNOR SCOTT--

IS URGING FAMILIES IN FLORIDA--

TO PREPARE FOR THE COLD.

THE DOT BEGAN SPRAYING ROADS AND BRIDGES OVERNIGHT THAT WERE AT RISK FOR SNOW AND ICE.

THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL IS ALSO STANDING BY--

IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED.

AND HERE IN LEE COUNTY--

EMPTY STORE SHELVES AT HOME DEPOT.

ALL THEIR SPACE HEATERS--

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COLD WEATHER SET UP-WIPE VO


AND THIS VIDEO--

OUT OF PENSACOLA FLORIDA.

THIS MAN POSTED ON FACEBOOK--

SAYING HIS POOL--

IS FROZEN.

YOU CAN SEE HIM KNOCK ON THE ICE. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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LANDSCAPING COLD-2SHOT-BOXES


NOW YOUR TEAM COVERAGE.

WITH THOSE TEMPERATURES DROPPING HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--

THE CONCERN FOR MANY.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR LANDSCAPING?

ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG IS LIVE IN NORTH FORT MYERS AT A NURSERY--

WITH SOME ANSWERS.

MEGHAN? Return to index of stories...


LANDSCAPING COLD-LIVE


EXPERTS TELL US--

ITS TIME TO START PREPARING YOUR PLANTS FOR THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


LANDSCAPING COLD-VO


THEY SAY--

YOU SHOULD COVER YOUR PLANTS ANYTIME THE TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 40 DEGREES.

YOU SHOULD START WATERING YOUR PLANTS NOW--

BEFORE IT GETS COLDER.

AND THEY ALSO SUGGEST SOAKING THE GROUND MATERIAL BEFORE TURNING OFF THE IRRIGATION.

THAT SHOULD BE TURNED OFF--

BEFORE IT GETS BELOW 40 DEGREES.

HOMEOWNERS WE SPOKE TO SAY THEY ARE ALREADY IN THE MIDST OF DOING JUST THAT — ONE MAN PREPARING HIS BANANA TREE. Return to index of stories...


LANDSCAPING COLD-SOT


03:00:01 they don't like the very very cold weather so what we do is we put water on the trees so that it will keep them from freezing over. get a nice texture of ice to keep them from dying 16 Return to index of stories...


LANDSCAPING COLD-LIVE


A LOCAL NURSERY SAYS THEYRE PLANNING TO COVER ALL OF THEIR PLANTS STARTING THURADAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-2SHOT


THANK YOU MEGHAN--

AND NOW--

WE CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE.

WHILE THE TEMPERATURES KEEP DROPPING HERE--

IT'S NOTHING LIKE WHAT THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES ARE FACING.

RIGHT NOW--

THERE IS A MASSIVE STORM HEADED TOWARDS THE EAST COAST--

BRINGING SNOW--

AND COLD.

ABC'S KENDIS GIBSON--

HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-PKG


SCRIPT:

A MONSTER WINTER STORM - TAKING AIM AT THE ENTIRE EAST COAST.

NATS

This is not something we experience on a regular basis.

THIS MORNING, PARTS OF FLORIDA. UNDER A RARE WINTER STORM WARNING.

SCHOOLS CLOSING TODAY IN TALLAHASEE. INCLUDING FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY.

AND IN JACKSONVILLE, THE AIRPORT CANCELING FLIGHTS.

THE CITY'S MAYOR. WITH THIS WARNING:

SOTJacksonville mayor Curry

these are conditions that we are not accustom to hear in Jacksonville/butt/1:17and we are encouraging people to stay off the roads, specifically in those drives times,.

IN GEORGIA. A STATE OF EMERGENCY.

AREAS OF THE STATE COULD SEE SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A CENTURY.

THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO HUG THE COAST LINE. DUMPING SNOW FROM THE CAROLINAS TO MAINE.

IT COMES AS A BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR SHATTERS RECORD-LOWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SOT

BitterColdILPkg

"I can't even describe it. It's unbearable.

/BUTT/

I'm wearing two hats and two pairs of gloves. I don't know

WIND CHILLS 50 BELOW ZERO IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA.

IN CHICAGO, CREWS LIGHTING FIRES. TO KEEP RAIL SWITCHES FROM FREEZING.

AND OVERNIGHT IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

NATS of fire trucks/alarms

FIREFIGHERS BATTLING THIS MASSIVE APARTMENT FIRE. IN 18-DEGREE WEATHER.

THREE FIREFIGHTERS SUFFERING SERIOUS INJURIES.

AND, IN WESTERN NEW YORK STATE:

NATS

miles of traffic, miles

A WHITEOUT CAUSING HAVOC ON THE ROADS.

A STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 90 NEAR BUFFALO SHUT DOWN - AFTER THIS CHAIN-REACTION CRASH INVOLVING MORE THAN 20 VEHICLES.

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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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TOSS TO EM-2SHOT


THIS TYPE OF WINTER STORM HAS A NAME -- A SO-CALLED "BOMB CYCLONE"

THAT --

IS UNDERSTANDABLY GETTING A LOT OF REACTION ONLINE --

EMILY WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THIS?? Return to index of stories...


GET MORE EMILY-NAVI IN TOUCH


TWITTER HEARD THE NAME BOMB CYCLONE AND COLLECTIVELY LOST THEIR MINDS.

PEOPLE ARE DRAWING COMPARISONS TO GAME OF THRONES --

EVEN THAT MOVIE DAY AFTER TOMORROW WHERE CLIMATE CHANGE AND A MEGA WINTER HURRICANE DESTROYS NORTH AMERICA.

THE HASHTAG BOMB CYCLONE IS TRENDING ON TWITTER --

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GET MORE EMILY-VOTOPS


SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO BE OPTIMISTIC --

THIS GUY TWEETING -- "a "bomb cyclone" sounds like a pretty cool way to leave this earth, bring it on

WHILE OTHERS ARE FREAKING OUT --

January 1: A new year! Good things around the corner!:

January 2: Buy groceries before bomb cyclone hits

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS --

"How am I supposed to deal with a storm called "Bomb Cyclone?" HOW DOES ONE PREPARE?"

AND --

"DO I NEED TO BUILD A SHELTER?bomb cyclone, oh my god." Return to index of stories...


MACK GET MORE-2SHOT WX CENTER


AND DO WE REALLY NEED TO FREAK OUT FOR A HOLLYWOOD- STYLE FROZEN HURRICANE?

MACKENZIE IS BREAKING DOWN WHAT A BOMB CYCLONE ACTUALLY IS --

WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?

NOW LET'S GET YOU EVEN MORE.

MACKENZIE--

THAT WINTER STORM BARRELING TOWARDS THE EAST COAST--

IS BEING CALLED A "BOMB CYCLONE."

IT SOUNDS INTENSE--

BUT CAN YOU EXPLAIN? Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT-BOXES


THANK YOU EMILY.

NOW STAY WITH US--

RIGHT HERE ON ABC7.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE TEAM COVERAGE FOR YOU--

IN JUST TEN MINUTES.

ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD--

IS STANDING BY LIVE--

IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY--

WHERE STUDENTS ARE HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER WINTER BREAK.

HTAT I JUST A FEW MINUTES. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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MED MARIJUANA UPDATE-OC-VO


THE CITY OF FORT MYERS--

IS CONSIDERING LIMITING THE NUMBER OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES WITHIN ITS BORDERS.

LAST NIGHT--

THE FORT MYERS CITY COUNCIL HELD THEIR FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ISSUE.

NOTHING HAS BEEN DECIDED YET, THOUGH.

THE NEXT PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS WILL BE JANUARY 19TH.

TWO WEEKS FROM FRIDAY.

OTHER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CITIES LIKE BONITA SPRINGS-- ESTERO-- AND SANIBEL HAVE *BANNED DISPENSARIES ENTIRELY. Return to index of stories...


PG POLICE CHIEF-KEY


PAMELA DAVIS WILL BE OFFICIALLY SWORN IN TODAY AS THE NEW PUNTA GORDA POLICE CHIEF.

IT'S PLANNED FOR THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT NINE THIS MORNING.

DAVIS IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE CITY'S POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER SERVING IN BALTIMORE FOR 26 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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DOUG JONES AND TINA SMITH-OC-VO


TODAY--

TWO NEW SENATORS WILL BE SWORN INTO CONGRESS.

THE FIRST--

DEMOCRAT DOUG JONES--

WHO BEAT REPUBLICAN ROY MOORE IN ALABAMA.

MOORE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT--

AND DATING MINORS DECADES AGO.

MINNESOTA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TINA SMITH WILL ALSO BE SWORN IN TODAY.

SHE'S REPLACING SENATOR AL FRANKEN--

WHO RESIGNED FOLLOWING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS. Return to index of stories...


SENATOR RETIRING-OC-VO


MEANWHILE--

ANOTHER U.S. SENATOR SAYS HE WILL BE RETIRING.

UTAH'S ORRIN HATCH IS THE LONGEST SERVING SENATOR--

AND SAYS HE WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

HES SERVED SINCE 1977--

HELPING CONFIRM EVERY CURRENT MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COURT. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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PALESTINIAN TEEN SLAP-OC-VO


A PALESTINIAN TEEN IS FACING ASSAULT CHARGES IN ISRAEL---

AFTER SHE WAS SEEN ON VIDEO SLAPPING AN ISRAELI SOLDIER.

HER COUSIN WAS ALSO ARRESTED, AND HER MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH INCITEMENT.

THE SIXTEEN YEAR OLD IS SEEN CONFRONTING TWO HEAVILY-ARMED SOLDIERS ON HER FAMILY'S PROPERTY IN THE WEST BANK.

THE VIDEO HAS GONE VIRAL. AND TURNED THE TEEN INTO A SYMBOL FOR THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE.

SHE'S SET TO APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN ON SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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LOTTO-OC-VO-OC


THE LOTTERY JACKPOT NUMBERS JUST KEEP CLIMBING.

TONIGHT'S POWERBALL JACKPOT IS WORTH AT LEAST 440 MILLION DOLLARS.

AND THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GO UP BEFORE THE DRAWING.

NO ONE WON THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT IN TUESDAY'S DRAWING.

THAT JACKPOT IS NOW UP TO AT LEAST 418 MILLION DOLLARS.

THE NEXT MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING IS FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


A DANGEROUS ROAD IN FORT MYERS.

WHAT THE CITY IS DOING--

TO MAKE MCGREGOR BOULEVARD SAFER.

PLUS--

CITRUS GROWERS--

CONCERNED--

AS TEMPERATURES IN FLORIDA FALL.

WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO KEEP THE TREES SAFE--

AHEAD.

CHRIS LIVE TEASE

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TZ1A) MCGREGOR DANGERS-VO


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TZ1B) CITRUS GROWERS-VO


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TZ 1C) MORE IN THE MORNING-LIVE


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TZ 1D) CODY WEATHER-WX CTR


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BREAK ONE 6:10 AM


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NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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MCGREGOR DANGERS-SOTVO-2SHOT


12;32:00

As you can see cars are flying by right now.

THIS MORNING AN UPDATE--

AFTER NEIGHBORS ON MCGREGOR BLVD SAY THE ROAD CONTINUES TO BE A PROBLEM.

THEY SAY---

IT'S FULL OF FAST DRIVERS AND CLOSE CALLS.

AS ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG REPORTS---

NOW THE CITY OF FORT MYERS IS LOOKING AT ADDING MORE CROSSWALKS AND PATROLS ALONG THE BUSY LONG STRETCH. Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR DANGERS-PKG


NAT

WITH HIS SIX YEAR OLD IN HAND

BLAIN LINDSEY WHO HAS LIVED ALONG MBCREGOR BLVD FOR FOUR YEARS HAS SEEN HIS FAIR SHARE OF ACCIDENTS.

12:31:14

We've seen accidents right outside our front door.

AND HE SAYS SPEED PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE.

12:30:05-12:30.11

From colonial and downtown people tend to go as fast as it is on 41.

CROSSING--

5:20:21 i'd rather stop for a longer period of time at a major intersection just so i feel safer

HAS ALSO BEEN A DIFFICULT PROBLEM FROM BIKERS AND WALKERS-

12:30:12-12:30:14

Sometimes it's concerning and scary.

THAT'S WHY FORT MYERS COUNCIL MEMBER MICHAEL FLANDERS-- IS PUSHING FOR THIS PLAN THAT WOULD ADD SEVERAL CROSSWALKS BETWEEN VICTORIA AVE AND BRAMAN AVENUE.

AND ADD MID BLOCK SPEED HUMPS, AND MORE POLICE ENFORCEMENT TO SLOW DOWN THOSE SPEEDERS.

12:30:58-12:31:06

I'm a runner myself and my daughter just got a bike for Christmas so we tend to cross at the cross walk but there is not one here.

5:1:43 i wish they could get the cars to stop and i think that would slow them down too, if they had to stop for pedestrians 5:1:48

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TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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WEARTHER RATE OPEN-CLIP


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CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.Another big blast of cold air arrives in Southwest Florida today, but before the chilly air rushes in, we'll see the potential for a few showers today.

The highest rain chance will come during the first half of the day, so grab the umbrella on the way out the door this morning.

Today's rain won't be too heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will generally stay below a quarter inch.

Temperatures won't start of as low as yesterday morning, but it's still going to be quite chilly especially once you factor in the brisk northerly wind that will gust up to 20-25 mph at times today.

We'll start off in the low to mid 50s this morning, and with some breaks in the clouds this afternoon, we should manage to warm into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures will turn sharply cold tonight, and the wind will make it feel several degrees colder.

Morning lows Thursday will tumble into the low 40s in town and into the mid to upper 30s across our inland communities like Hendry and Glades County.

Wind chill values, however, will get down into the 30s and possibly as low as the upper 20s deep inland.

The good news is Thursday and Friday will feature a lot more sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to reach the low 60s thanks to a cold northerly wind.

Friday and Saturday morning will be the coldest of the week, and temperatures will be close to freezing for locations farther north like Arcadia and deeper inland over portions of Glades and Hendry County.

A freeze watch may be issued for our inland counties for Friday and Saturday morning, so precautions may need to be taken to protect plants and vegetation here.

The cold snap ends late this weekend into early next week as temperatures rebound into the 70s, but long-range forecast models hint at another cool down coming by the middle of next week. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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MITM-2SHOT-BOXES


NOW WE ARE CONTINUING YOUR TEAM COVERAGE--

OF THE COLD WEATHER IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TODAY--

STUDENTS IN GLADES AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES--

ARE HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL--

AND FACING SOME CHILLY TEMPERATURES AT THE BUS STOP.

RIGHT NOW--

ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS LIVE AT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY AT PORT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


MITM-LIVE


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GET MORE-DO NOT TRACK


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CITRUS GROWERS AND COLD-OC-VO


NOW LET'S GET YOU EVEN MORE.

WITH COLD WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY—

FLORIDA'S CITRUS GROWERS ARE ON HIGH ALERT— PREPARING THEIR TREES.

THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR CITRUS INDUSTRY IS ALREADY HURTING.

SO GROWERS ARE DOING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AHEAD OF THE COLD SNAP.

GROWERS START WATERING THE TREES NOW. TO BRING UP HEAT FROM THE GROUND TO INSULATE THE TREES.

MANY GROVES ALSO HAVE THESE WEATHER STATIONS.

SO THEY CAN SEE ALL THE WEATHER DATA AT ALL DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE GROVES.

AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'LL BE WATCHING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS GROWERS AND COLD-SOTVO


RON MAHAN

TAMIAMI CITRUS

44:56

We're certainly prepared. In farming, that's one of the things you do. You're always looking ahead and getting the forecast. 46:02

CITRUS GROWERS GENERALLY LIKE A FEW COLD DAYS FOR THEIR TREES.

BUT NOT THIS YEAR.

TREES HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY HURRICANE IRMA AND CITRUS GREENING.AND GROWERS ARE WORRIED. Return to index of stories...


TEASE AHEAD-2SHOT-SS


STAY WITH US HERE ON ABC7--

WE'LL BE STAYING ON TOP OF THIS COLD FRONT ALL MORNING LONG.

BUT IF YOU ARE HEADED OUT THE DOOR--

YOU CAN STAY UP TO DATE ON ALL THE WEATHER--

WITH OUR APP.

JUST SEARCH STORMWARN7. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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NEW GAINES BABY-OC-VO


H-G-T-V'S POPULAR SHOW HOSTS CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES ARE EXPECTING BABY NUMBER FIVE.

THEY MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TUESDAY WITH THIS INSTAGRAM PICTURE.

THE COUPLE STAR IN "FIXER UPPER," WHERE THEY SHOWCASE THEIR WACO, TEXAS-BASED HOME REMODELING BUSINESS.

THE CURRENT SEASON -- SEASON FIVE -- IS EXPECTED TO BE THE LAST. Return to index of stories...


DJ KHALID WEIGHT WATCHERS-VO IN KEY


WEIGHT WATCHERS IS HOPING A NEW ENDORSEMENT COULD FATTEN ITS STOCK PORTFOLIO.

D-J KHALED HAS SIGNED ON TO BE A "SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR" FOR THE COMPANY.

HE SAYS HE'S LOST 20 POUNDS ON THE PROGRAM -- AND IS SHARING HIS SUCCESS WITH HIS MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND SNAPCHAT. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL--

IS GIVING OUR FREE MULCH.

BUT THAT MULCH--

MIGHT NOT BE SAFE FOR YOUR PLANTS.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU PUT IT ON YOUR LAWN. Return to index of stories...


TZ2A) CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-VO


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TZ 2B) CODY WEATHER TEASE-WX GFX TOPS


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BREAK TWO 6:21 AM


BREAK TWO 6:21AM Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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LOGAN PAUL APOLOGIZES-VO IN TOUCH


YOUTUBE STAR LOGAN PAUL--

IS APOLOGIZING THIS MORNING--

AFTER HE SHOT THIS VIDEO--

IN A JAPANESE FOREST.

HE UPLOADED IT TO YOUTUBE--

CALLING IT 'WE FOUND A DEAD BODY IN JAPAN SUICIDE FOREST.'

THE VIDEO--

SHOWS A SUICIDE VICTIM.

BUT VIEWERS WERE QUICK TO CRITICIZE.

PAUL POSTED AN APOLOGY ON TWITTER SAYING HE HAD BEEN MISGUIDED BY SHOCK AND AWE. Return to index of stories...


LOGAN PAUL APOLOGIZES-SOTVO


Logan Paul

30-45

"I want to apologize to the internet. I want to apologize to anyone who's seen the video, I want to apologize to anyone has been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide. But most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family."

LOGAN PAUL REMOVED THE VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-OC-VO


HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS IS NOW BEEN TURNED INTO MULCH -- AND THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL IS GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE.

But SOME LANDSCAPERS ARE NOW SAYING--

YOU SHOULD *NOT USE IT.

NEARLY 400-THOUSAND CUBIC YARDS OF DEBRIS WERE COLLECTED IN THE CAPE.

NOW-

ITS MULCH.

BUT THE CITY SAYS ITS NOT THE SAME QUALITY AS DECORATIVE MULCH.

IN FACT--

IT COULD CONTAIN SEEDS FROM INVASIVE PLANTS--

AND FUNGUS SPORES THAT COULD DAMAGE YOUR PLANTS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE IRMA DEBRIS-SOTVO


Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:31-42

"You've got your Brazilian peppers, paper trees, all exotics we have to cut down and get rid of. Its all mixed together all the root systems it starts fermenting and it's horrible stuff"

THE FREE MULCH IS AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM AT ANDALUSIA AND PINE ISLAND ROAD. Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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OLD SNOW BALL FIGHT-VOTOPS


HERE'S A LOOK FROM THE FLORIDA ARCHIVES!

THIS PHOTO OF A SNOWBALL FIGHT WAS TAKEN IN FEBRUARY OF 1899 -- ON THE STEPS OF THE STATE CAPITOL IN TALLAHASEE.

THIS WEATHER EVENT AFFECTED A GOOD PORTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND BECAME KNOWN AS THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1899 OR THE GREAT ARCTIC OUTBREAK. ACCORDING TO NOAA.

THE OUTBREAK LED TO THE DEATH OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, DESTROYED CROPS, KILLED LIVESTOCK, AND DAMAGED BUILDINGS ACROSS MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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FREEWAY CHICKENS-OC-VO


TWO CHICKENS CROSSING THE ROAD--

STOPPED TRAFFIC IN CALIFORNIA.

THE HIGHWAY PATROL--

HAD TO BE BROUGHT IN.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN CHICKENS RAN WILD ON THE FREEWAY.

HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS RESPONDED--

AND WERE FORCED TO CAPTURE THE BIRDS.

NOT ALL THE BIRDS SURVIVED.

BUT THOSE THAT DID--

ARE NOW WAITING AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER FOR THEIR OWNER. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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HEADLINES HALF HOUR


FLORIDA--

IS COLD.

ICICLES ARE FORMING--

AND SNOW--

IS FALLING.

THIS MORNING--

WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE--

AND THE TEMPERATURES KEEP DROPPING IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.

CHRIS LIVE TEASE

JESSE LIVE TEASE

CODY WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


HL1) COLD BLAST-VO


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BUMP TO BREAK-COPYRIGHT


==================added 10/11/17=========================

CG

FULLSCREEN GENERIC

FULLSCREEN SOCIAL Return to index of stories...


BREAK THREE 6:25


BREAK THREE 6:25AM Return to index of stories...


6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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MANATEE AERIALS-VOTOPS


IT'S COLD IN FLORIDA--

AND THE WILDLIFE KNOWS.

LOOK AT THIS VIDEO OUT OF TAMPA.

DOZENS OF MANATEES--

HUDDLING FOR WARMTH--

OUTSIDE A POWER PLANT.

THAT POWER PLANT EXPELS WARM WATER--

A LIFE SAVER FOR MANATEES.

MANATEES CAN DIE IN WATER BELOW 68 DEGREES. Return to index of stories...


SNOWING IN KISSIMMEE-VOTOPS


AND OVERNIGHT--

IT'S SNOWING IN KISSIMMEE.

THAT'S RIGHT--

SNOW IN FLORIDA.

THIS VIDEO--

POSTED ON FACEBOOK. Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING-5SHOT


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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ WEATHER-WX CTR


Another big blast of cold air arrives in Southwest Florida today, but before the chilly air rushes in, we'll see the potential for a few showers today.

The highest rain chance will come during the first half of the day, so grab the umbrella on the way out the door this morning.

Today's rain won't be too heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will generally stay below a quarter inch.

Temperatures won't start of as low as yesterday morning, but it's still going to be quite chilly especially once you factor in the brisk northerly wind that will gust up to 20-25 mph at times today.

We'll start off in the low to mid 50s this morning, and with some breaks in the clouds this afternoon, we should manage to warm into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures will turn sharply cold tonight, and the wind will make it feel several degrees colder.

Morning lows Thursday will tumble into the low 40s in town and into the mid to upper 30s across our inland communities like Hendry and Glades County.

Wind chill values, however, will get down into the 30s and possibly as low as the upper 20s deep inland.

The good news is Thursday and Friday will feature a lot more sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to reach the low 60s thanks to a cold northerly wind.

Friday and Saturday morning will be the coldest of the week, and temperatures will be close to freezing for locations farther north like Arcadia and deeper inland over portions of Glades and Hendry County.

A freeze watch may be issued for our inland counties for Friday and Saturday morning, so precautions may need to be taken to protect plants and vegetation here.

The cold snap ends late this weekend into early next week as temperatures rebound into the 70s, but long-range forecast models hint at another cool down coming by the middle of next week. Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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SET UP CAP NEWS-2SHOT-VO


TODAY---

FLORIDA IS BUNDLING UP AGAINST THE COLD.

TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING--

AS THAT COLD FRONT--

MOVES SOUTH.

IT'S SO COLD IN NORTHERN FLORIDA--

ICICLES ARE APPEARING ON THE STATE CAPITOL.

TALLAHASSEE WILL SEE TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING INTO SATURDAY--

AND SCHOOL IS ALREADY CANCELLED. Return to index of stories...


TYPOON LAGOOD-WIPE VO


AND FLORIDA'S COLD SNAP--

ALSO CLOSING FLORIDA WATER PARKS.

DISNEY'S TYPHOON LAGOON, UNIVERSAL'S VOLCANO BAY AND SEA-WORLD'S AQUATICA HAVE BEEN CLOSED SINCE MONDAY.

HOWEVER THE THEME PARKS--

ARE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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COLD SHELTERS OPENING-2SHOT-BOXES


AND THIS MORNING--

WE CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE.

TONIGHT--

SHELTERS ARE OPENING IN FLORIDA--

AS THE COLD WEATHER MOVES IN.

ONE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY--

AND ONE HERE IN LEE COUNTY.

ABC7'S JESSE PAGAN IS LIVE NOW---

AT THE SALVATION ARMY SHELTER ON EDISON AVENUE IN FORT MYERS.

JESSE, LATER TODAY--

THOSE WITHOUT A PLACE TO STAY -- WILL BE HEADING THERE. Return to index of stories...


COLD SHELTERS OPENING-LIVE


WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY MAY BE GIVING US SOME SIDE EYE--

THESE TEMPERATURES ARE SERIOUS FOR US HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

SERIOUS ENOUGH--

THIS SHELTER WILL BE OPEN TO TAKE IN ANYONE THAT NEEDS IT AS TEMPERATURES ONLY GET COLDER. Return to index of stories...


COLD SHELTERS OPENING-VO


SOME STORE SHELVES ARE ALREADY CLEAR OF SPACE HEATERS AND BLANKETS--

AS THE RUSH OF PEOPLE PREPARING STARTS.

OUR CAMERAS CAUGHT EMPTY SHELVES AT THE HOME DEPOT IN EAST FORT MYERS.

THERE--

AN EMERGENCY SHIPMENT OF SPACE HEATERS IS ON THE WAY.

BUT THIS IS FOR THOSE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE SPACE TO HEAT.

THE SALVATION ARMY IN FORT MYERS WILL BE OPENING ITS SHELTER ON EDISON AVENUE--

AS TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO GO BELOW 40 DEGREES TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


COLD SHELTERS OPENING-SOT


Russell Rieder

Director of Facilities | Salvation Army

02:23:24-:35

It's not very comfortable out there now, When the weather dips below 40° the windchill it's going to be even worse, The ground becomes like sleeping on a big ice cube and that's hard for anybody to deal with Return to index of stories...


COLD SHELTERS OPENING-LIVE


OUR METEOROLOGISTS SAY THIS MORNING IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE THE WARMEST OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

THIS SHELTER WILL BE OPENING TONIGHT AT SEVEN--

AHEAD OF THE FREEZE.

ANOTHER SHELTER WILL OPEN IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TONIGHT AS WELL.

LIVE JP Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA COLD DEATHS-KEYRVL


IN YEARS PAST -- PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE COLD IN FLORIDA.

FROM 19-79 TO 19-99 -- MORE THAN 1-HUNDRED PEOPLE SUCCUMBED TO THE COLD.

IN 19-89 -- 26 FLORIDIANS DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA.

EXPERTS SAY FLORIDA HOMES OFTEN LACK ADEPQUATE HEATING AND INSULATION.

INLAND AREAS OF FLORIDA ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES DURING THE MIDDLE PART OF JANUARY.

A recent study revealed that from 1979 to 1999, 124 people in Florida died from the cold, not including those who have perished in house fires started by space heaters, or from other secondary causes. Numerous deaths usually occur during brief cold snaps, such as in December 1989 when 26 Floridians died from hypothermia.

Freezing Temperatures. Because of normally mild temperatures, Florida homes often lack adequate heating and insulation. Also, the Florida outdoor lifestyle can lead to danger for those not prepared for freezing temperatures. In addition, freezing temperatures in South Florida can cause widespread damage to sensitive plants and crops. Fortunately, overnight temperatures rarely drop below freezing in South Florida, especially along the coasts. Inland areas are more susceptible to below freezing temperatures, primarily during the middle part of January. In addition, inland sections of the metropolitan areas are more likely to experience freezing temperatures than coastal areas. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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MACK MORE-3SHOT


NOW LET'S GET YOU MORE.

IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE'VE SEEN SUCH COOL TEMPERATURES.

FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART--

JOINING US NOW.

MACKENZIE--

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS? Return to index of stories...


LAST SNOW IN FLORIDA-KEY


WHILE CENTRAL AND NORTH FLORIDA BRACE FOR A WINTER BLAST --

TEMPERATURES WON'T GET LOW ENOUGH TO BRING ANY SNOW OUR WAY.

IN FACT -- THE LAST TIME SNOW HIT THE GROUND IN SOUTH FLORIDA WAS JANUARY 19TH, 1977.

THE NEWS WAS SO BIG FOR SOUTH FLORIDIANS -- IT ECLIPSED THE UPCOMING INAUGURATION OF NEW PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER -- WHO WAS SWORN IN JANUARY 20TH. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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EMILY ON FLIGHTS-VO IN TOUCH


AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES ARE TRYING TO GET AHEAD OF THESE STORMS --

SEVERAL MAJOR CARRIERS WHO HAVE HUBS IN AFFECTED AREAS HAVE ALREADY ISSUSED TRAVEL ADVISORIES -- Return to index of stories...


EMILY ON FLIGHTS-VIDBOX FULL, OC TOUCH


DELTA -- AMERICAN AIRLINES -- SOUTHWEST -- FRONTIER -- AND SPIRIT AIRLINES HAVE ALL ANNOUNCED TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR THIS WEEK'S WINTER WEATHER --

IN MOST CASES --

IT APPLIES TO FLIGHTS BOOKED ON OR BEFORE THE 2ND --

THAT'S YESTERDAY --

THAT ARE TAKING OFF TODAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

AIRLINES ARE ALLOWING PASSENGERS TO CHANGE OR REBOOK THEIR FLIGHTS WITHOUT FEES --

THE CHANGES APPLY TO SPECIFIC AIRPORTS --

MOSTLY AIRPORTS IN THE SOUTHEAST --

SO CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE TO SEE IF YOUR FLIGHT QUALIFIES.

YESTERDAY -- MORE THAN 6- THOUSAND FLIGHTS IN THE U-S WERE DELAYED OR CANCELED --

AND AIRLINES ARE BRACING FOR SEVERAL ROUGH DAYS AHEAD. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE LANDSCAPING-OC-VO


LET'S GET YOU EVEN MORE.

THOSE LOW TEMPERATURES--

MEAN A LOT OF PEOPLE--

ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PLANTS.

EXPERTS TELL US THAT YOU SHOULD COVER YOUR PLANTS ANYTIME THE TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 40 DEGREES

THEY ALSO SUGGEST SOAKING THE GROUND MATERIAL BEFORE TURNING OFF THE IRRIGATION.

A LOCAL NURSERY SAYS THEYRE PLANNING TO COVER ALL OF THEIR PLANTS STARTING THURADAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY.

AND THIS MORNING--

THIS COLD SNAP IS YOUR BIG STORY.

SO WE WILL BE GETTING YOU MORE--

ALL TODAY.

STAY WITH US. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-OC-VO


THIS COLD WE'RE GETTING HERE--

JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

AT LEAST 30 STATES ARE UNDER ALERT THIS MORNING--

AS A MASSIVE WINTER STORM INTENSIFIES.

LOOK AT THIS VIDEO OUT OF NEW YORK.

WHITEOUT CONDITIONS--

CAUSING CHAOS ON THE ROADS.

A STRETCH OF THE INTERSTATE SHUT DOWN---

AFTER MORE THAN 20 CARS WERE CAUGHT IN A CHAIN REACTION CRASH.

AT LEAST ONE PERSON DIED AND ANOTHER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-SOTVO


passenger:

you couldn't see a gosh darn thing in front of you. everything was blurry. there was a complete whiteout.

AND LOOK AT THIS VIDEO.

THE MISSISSIPPI--

FREEZING IN MISSOURI.

ALSO TURNED TO ICE---THIS FOUNTAIN OUTSIDE A WESTIN HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT


NOW THIS STORY--

WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL MORNING LONG.

SO STAY WITH US--

RIGHT HERE ON ABC7. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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LOCKLEAR SEX ASSAULT-OC-VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A GIRL 12-YEARS OR OLDER--

WHILE HOLDING HER CAPTIVE IN THIS SHED BEHIND A VACANT HOME.

43-YEAR OLD JAMES LOCKLEAR IS ACCUSED OF BEATING THE VICTIM--

AND FORCING HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HIM AT KNIFE POINT.

EVENTUALLY--

THE VICTIM SAYS SHE WAS ABLE TO SNEAK OUT OF THE SHED--

AND FLAG DOWN A NEARBY DEPUTY FOR HELP.

THE SUSPECT WAS ALLEGEDLY AWAKE FOR SEVERAL DAYS LEADING-UP TO THE ATTACK--

AND WAS BECOMING PARANOID. Return to index of stories...


LOCKLEAR SEX ASSAULT-SOTVO


Lee McLaws, Lee County

01:35:37 "once I found out I went down and told another friend of mine that knows all the families with children to pass the word. in case he's released on bond they can keep an eye on him"

LOCKLEAR IS BEING HELD ON 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

HE'S EXPECTED BACK IN COURT ON THE 29TH. Return to index of stories...


NYE BULLETS-OC-VO


POLICE SAY A MAN FIRED A GUN INTO CARS AT ONE OF CAPE CORAL'S BUSIEST NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS.

POLICE ARRESTED JOHN BRINLEY.

HE HAS A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT.

RESIDENTS LEAVING THE CELEBRATION EARLY MONDAY MORNING CALLED POLICE TO REPORT A MAN CARRYING A HANDGUN.

WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED---THEY DISCOVERED BULLET HOLES IN A NEARBY CAR ON EL DORADO PARKWAY---AND SPENT SHELL CASINGS ON THE GROUND. Return to index of stories...


NYE BULLETS-SOTVO


---SOT---

Beverly Fox: Cape Harbour Resident

00:44:24

"You think that someone with a special permit like that is on the up and up and just wants a gun for protection for his own safety, not that he would cause any mayhem at all.":12

POLICE CHARGED BRINLEY WITH A MISDEMEANOR FOR FIRING THE GUN INTO THE CAR---HE'S ALSO CHARGED WITH FELONY PROPERTY DAMAGE. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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TRUMP BIG BUTTON-OC-VO


PRESIDENT TRUMP--

IS RESPONDING TO NORTH KOREA'S LEADER.

LAST NIGHT--

THE PRESIDENT TWEET THAT HE HAS A BIGGER AND MORE POWERFUL NUCLEAR BUTTON THAN NORTH KOREA.

THIS TWEET COMES AFTER KIM JONG UN MADE HIS NEW YEARS ADDRESS, WHERE HE REPEATED NUCLEAR THREATS AGAINST THE U.S.

OVERNIGHT---

NORTH KOREA REACHED OUT TO SOUTH KOREA -- USING A HOTLINE THAT'S BEEN DORMANT FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS.

THEY ARE NOW STARTING DISCUSSIONS ON SENDING A DELEGATION TO THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX WALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.Another big blast of cold air arrives in Southwest Florida today, but before the chilly air rushes in, we'll see the potential for a few showers today.

The highest rain chance will come during the first half of the day, so grab the umbrella on the way out the door this morning.

Today's rain won't be too heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will generally stay below a quarter inch.

Temperatures won't start of as low as yesterday morning, but it's still going to be quite chilly especially once you factor in the brisk northerly wind that will gust up to 20-25 mph at times today.

We'll start off in the low to mid 50s this morning, and with some breaks in the clouds this afternoon, we should manage to warm into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures will turn sharply cold tonight, and the wind will make it feel several degrees colder.

Morning lows Thursday will tumble into the low 40s in town and into the mid to upper 30s across our inland communities like Hendry and Glades County.

Wind chill values, however, will get down into the 30s and possibly as low as the upper 20s deep inland.

The good news is Thursday and Friday will feature a lot more sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to reach the low 60s thanks to a cold northerly wind.

Friday and Saturday morning will be the coldest of the week, and temperatures will be close to freezing for locations farther north like Arcadia and deeper inland over portions of Glades and Hendry County.

A freeze watch may be issued for our inland counties for Friday and Saturday morning, so precautions may need to be taken to protect plants and vegetation here.

The cold snap ends late this weekend into early next week as temperatures rebound into the 70s, but long-range forecast models hint at another cool down coming by the middle of next week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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TEASE 4-CLIP


AS THE TEMPERATURES DROP--

THE HEAT COMES ON.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--

BEFORE YOU TURN ON THAT THERMOSTAT. Return to index of stories...


TZ4A) HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO


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TZ4B) CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE


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BREAK FOUR 6:39


BREAK FOUR 6:39AM Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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HOME HEATING ISSUES-2SHOT-VO


WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO DROP INTO 40'S THIS WEEK --

MANY OF YOU MAY FIND YOURSELVES TURNING ON THE HEAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE.

BEFORE YOU DO --

HOME HEATING EXPERTS RECOMMEND YOU REPLACE YOUR FILTER.

THE DIRT AND DUST CAN CLOG THE AIR FLOW --

AND CAN CAUSE A FIRE.

ALSO --DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SMELL SOMETHING BURNING.

THAT'S JUST YOUR HEATERS COILS BURNING OFF SOME OF THE DUST THAT'S BUILT UP INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


HOME HEATING ISSUES-SOTVO


SOT: Bruce Mullins / Service Manager, Certified Heating & Cooling

11:14:05-:14

When know a cold front is coming in, so you kind of don't get that smell, I recommend opening the windows and doors, turn the heater on for about 15 or 20 minutes to get that smell off, and once that smell is gone you won't have that smell anymore

IF YOU PLAN TO STAY WARM WITH A SPACE HEATER --

MAKE SURE TO GIVE IT PLENTY OF SPACE --

AND DON'T PLUG IT INTO AN EXTENSION CORD OR POWER STRIP. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE HEAT BILL-VO IN KEY


NOW LET'S GET YOU MORE.

BEFORE YOU TURN ON YOUR HEAT--

LET'S TALK MONEY.

ACROSS THE NATION--

EXPERTS SAY AMERICANS WILL SPEND AN EXTRA 32 PERCENT ON HEATING THEIR HOMES THIS WINTER.

SO TO KEEP DOWN YOUR COSTS--

EXPERTS SUGGEST A FEW TRICKS.

FIRST--

WEATHER PROOF YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS.

AND SECOND--

LOWERING YOUR THERMOSTAT ONE DEGREE--

CAN SAVE YOU FIVER PERCENT ON HEATING COSTS. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CODY-2SHOT


TOSS TO CODY Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP


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CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX WALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.Another big blast of cold air arrives in Southwest Florida today, but before the chilly air rushes in, we'll see the potential for a few showers today.

The highest rain chance will come during the first half of the day, so grab the umbrella on the way out the door this morning.

Today's rain won't be too heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will generally stay below a quarter inch.

Temperatures won't start of as low as yesterday morning, but it's still going to be quite chilly especially once you factor in the brisk northerly wind that will gust up to 20-25 mph at times today.

We'll start off in the low to mid 50s this morning, and with some breaks in the clouds this afternoon, we should manage to warm into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures will turn sharply cold tonight, and the wind will make it feel several degrees colder.

Morning lows Thursday will tumble into the low 40s in town and into the mid to upper 30s across our inland communities like Hendry and Glades County.

Wind chill values, however, will get down into the 30s and possibly as low as the upper 20s deep inland.

The good news is Thursday and Friday will feature a lot more sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to reach the low 60s thanks to a cold northerly wind.

Friday and Saturday morning will be the coldest of the week, and temperatures will be close to freezing for locations farther north like Arcadia and deeper inland over portions of Glades and Hendry County.

A freeze watch may be issued for our inland counties for Friday and Saturday morning, so precautions may need to be taken to protect plants and vegetation here.

The cold snap ends late this weekend into early next week as temperatures rebound into the 70s, but long-range forecast models hint at another cool down coming by the middle of next week. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE-DO NOT TRACK


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CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL COLD-BOXES


BUT NOW--

LETS GET YOU MORE.

THE TEMPEARTURES IN PORT CHARLOTTE ARE AROUND****--

AS STUDENTS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY HEAD BACK TO CLASS.

THAT'S WHERE ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS RIGHT NOW.

CHRIS, ARE YOU SEEING STUDENTS BUNDLED UP MORE THAN USUAL? Return to index of stories...


CHARCO BACK TO SCHOOL COLD-LIVE


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EMILY NEW SOCIAL PICS-NAVI IN TOUCH, FS


CHRIS THANKS --

WE'RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS THIS MORNING FOR ANY PICTURES OF SNOW AND ICE IN FLORIDA --

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM A REPORTER WITH OUR AFFILIATE STATION WFTS --

SHE'S CURRENTLY UP IN LAKE CITY --

WHERE THERE'S ICE FORMING ON PLANTS --

AND C-J TWEETED THIS FROM TALLAHASSEE --

Freezing rain and perhaps a little sleet here in El Destinido/Timberlane area of N Tallahassee. Ice forming on wood deck, but not brick or slate sidewalk yet. 5:45 AM. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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STRAY BULLET-OC-VO


A STRAY BULLET FLEW INTO A LEE COUNTY HOME.ALMOST HITTING THE FAMILY THAT LIVES THERE.

IT HAPPENED AT THE SANCTUARY RV RESORT IN BONITA SPRINGS.

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES THERE--

SAYS SHE WAS GETTING READY FOR CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING.

SHE WENT INTO THE BEDROOM CLOSET TO PUT ON HER BOOTS -- WHEN SHE FOUND A BULLET IN THE SHOE BOX AND A HOLE THROUGH THE CLOSET WALL.

IT WAS JUST STEPS FROM HER AND HER HUSBANDS BED.

SHE SAYS IT CAME FROM THE WOODS DIRECTLY BEHIND THEIR TRAILER HOME. Return to index of stories...


STRAY BULLET-SOTVO


42:11-18

"She came over and said thanks for taking the bullet for us because she said it could have very well hit my husband, he loves to sit in the back of the trailer."

DEPUTIES BELIEVE THE SHOTS COME FROM A HOME NEAR BY THAT WAS USING THE OPEN FIELD FOR PRACTICE.

THEY TALKED TO MAN WHO LIVES THERE WHO DENIED SHOOTING.

SINCE THAT TALK THOUGH, THEY SAY THE GUN SHOTS HAVE STOPPED. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION-OC-VO


NOW--

YOUR HEALTHY LIVING.

GETTING INTO BETTER SHAPE.

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS, BUT HEALTH EXPERTS SAY SOME PEOPLE TRY TOO HARD.

INJURIES ARE A COMMON PROBLEM THAT DERAIL NEW YEARS PLANS.

TRAINERS URGE ALL GYM GOERS TO PROPERLY WARM-UP AND STRETCH BEFORE EXERCISE.

TRAINERS ALSO RECOMMEND GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES FOR NEWCOMERS. Return to index of stories...


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SOT Tracy Ottman, Group Exercise Coordinator,"It's very motivating because you're exercising in a group. It's less intimidating because everyone's basically doing the same thing as you are."

THEY ALSO URGE YOU TO SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS -- BOTH IN THE GYM, AND IN THE KITCHEN.

NUTRITIONISTS SAY NOT TO CUT OUT TOO MANY CALORIES.

BUT INSTEAD, FOCUS ON EATING **MORE** HEALTHY FOOD. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-CLIP


AD LIB TOSS TO BREAK, WEATHER RELATED. Return to index of stories...


TZ5A) TOSS TO BREAK-???


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BREAK FIVE 6:50AM


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GMA FIRST LOOK-CLIP - PKG


In this morning's GMA First Look, a multi state manhunt for 7 YEAR-OLD LULU BANDERA-MARGRET AND HER 14 YEAR-OLD SISTER LILI GRIFFITH. MISSING AFTER THEIR MOTHER 44 YEAR-OLD TONYA BATES WAS FOUND DEAD ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

SOT POLICE: Our concern, our focus is bringing these two little girls home safe.

POLICE ISSUNG AN AMBER ALERT. ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO FIND THE GIRLS. WHO THEY BELIEVE ARE WITH THIS MAN - 44 YEAR OLD TERRY ALLEN MILES - HE LIVED WITH THEIR MOTHER IN ROUND ROCK, TEXAS NEAR AUSTIN. AUTHORITIES SAYING HE MAY BE TRAVELING WITH THE GIRLS IN THIS GREY CAR -

Police say they initially thought miles was heading to Louisiana, but TIPS LEADING AUTHORITIES to the other side of the country. WITH POSSIBLE SIGHTINGS IN NEW MEXICO AND **COLORADO**.

SOT POLICE: We believe they are not with Terry Allen Miles willingly.

AND WE'LL HAVE THE VERY LATEST ON THE MANHUNT COMING UP AT 7AM - WITH YOUR GMA FIRST LOOK, I'M MARCUS MOORE, ABC NEWS, DALLAS

--- SUGGESTED INTRO: A desperate search for two missing Texas girls is intensifying this morning. The girls' mom was found dead in their home, and police say they believe the girls could be with the mother's roommate -- who's a person of interest in her death. ABC'S Marcus Moore has the details in today's GMA First Look. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS1) COLD IN FLORIDA-VO


THIS MORNING--

WE'VE BEEN WATCHING THE TEMPERATURES FALL IN FLORIDA.

OVERNIGHT---

FLURRIES OF SNOW SPOTTED IN KISSIMEE.

THIS--

AS THE GOVERNOR SENDS OUT FDOT--

TO PREPARE FOR ICE ON ROADS IN NORTHERN FLORIDA.

SOME SCHOOLS IN TALLAHASSEE EVEN CLOSED--

AS THEY PREPARED FOR THE WINTER STORM. Return to index of stories...


TS2) SHELTERS IN SWFL-VO


WHILE ITS NOT EXPECTED TO SNOW HERE---

THERE ARE COLD WEATHER SHELTERS OPENING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR THOSE WITHOUT A PLACE TO STAY.

ONE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY--

AND ONE AT THE SALVATION ARMY SHELTER IN FORT MYERS.

BOTH WILL OPEN TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TS3) LANSCAPING COLD-VO


WITH THE COLD TEMPERATURES --

YOU MAY WONDER WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PLANTS.

EXPERTS SAY COVER THEM WHEN TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW 40 DEGREES.

THEY ALSO SUGGEST SOAKING THE GROUND MATERIAL BEFORE TURNING OFF IRRIGATION. Return to index of stories...


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