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HEADLINES DO NOT CALL LIST-OC,VO
2) TALLAHASSEE COLD WEATHER-VO IN BAM NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
3) NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-SOT,VO TEASE FOUR
NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS WEATHER-WX CTR
GOOD MORNING-2SHOT, CAM 9 1) COLD WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH
COLD BLAST-CLIP 2) SNOW?-VO IN BAM
FIRST WEATHER-GFX FULL, WX CTR NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP
BIG STORY-CLIP OPENING BELL-LIVETOPS
EARTH CAM SHOT-LIVE COLD BLAST-CLIP
ICED OVER POOL IN PENSACOLA-VOTOPS COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS
TALLAHASSEE ICE SHOT-VO,SS COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS
TOSS TO EMILY-2SH COLD WEATHER-SS(3)
EMILY: FL PREP-NAVI IN TOUCH TOSS TO CODY-CAM 9
EMILY: FL PREP-VOFULL TRACKING COLD-WX CTR
TALLAHASSEE COLD WEATHER-OC,VO BIG STORY-CLIP
COLD WX PREP-SOT,VO MANATTEES HUDDLE-VO IN BAM
COLD WX PREP-SOT,VO,BOXES ORLANDO WATER PARKS-VO IN TOUCH
COLD WX PREP-LIVE,VO DELTA WAIVERS-OTS
COLD WX PREP-SOT,LIVE TOSS TO CHRIS-CAM 6 SS IN BAM
GET MORE: DEATHS-OTSRVL GET MORE: CHRIS ON SCHOOLS-SS IN BAM
GET MORE: HOW YOU CAN HELP-OC,CG NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO
COLD WEATHER LANDSCAPING-VO IN OTS NATIONAL WEATHER-VOTOPS
COLD WEATHER LANDSCAPING-SOT,VO, HALFSCREEN NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO
NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-SOT,VO TOSS TO EMILY-2SH DESK
NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH GET MORE: EMILY-WX CTR
NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-PKG GET MORE: EMILY-VO FULL
TOSS TO MACKENZIE-3 SHOT TEAM COVERAGE-SSTOPS
GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER-LYNX 2 DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS 12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-SOT,VO
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP 12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-VO IN BAM
TEASE ONE 12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-SOT,VO
1) MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-VOTOPS MISSING GIRLS MANHUNT-OC,VO
2) CITRUS AND COLD-VOTOPS MISSING GIRLS MANHUNT-SOT,VO
WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ NEW TODAY-CLIP
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP DOUG JONES SWORN IN-OC,VO
MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-SOT,VO,VO IN TOUCH TINA SMITH REPLACES FRANKEN-OC,VO
MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-PKG HATCH NO REELECTION-WIPE-VOTOPS
MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-OC NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP TEASE FIVE
TEASE TWO WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ
1) CITRUS AND COLD-VO 1) MACK: SNOW?-VO IN TOUCH
2) HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO 2) YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-VO-WIPE
CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP TONYA HARDING-SOTTOPS
CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
FORECAST-WXWALL CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM
GET MORE AT 9-CLIP FORECAST-WX WALL
HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO IN BAM GET MORE: SNOW POTENTIAL?-WX CTR
HOME HEATING ISSUES-SOT,VO GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK
CITRUS AND COLD-VO IN OTS, VOFULL GET MORE: PLANTS-VO IN TOUCH
CITRUS AND COLD-SOT,VO GET MORE: SHELTERS-VO IN BAM
TALLAHASSEE PIC-SS(2) GET MORE: SHELTERS-SOT,VO
TEAM COVERAGE-OC,SS FLORIDA COLD DEATHS-OTSRVL
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
MED MARIJUANA-OC,VO YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-VO IN TOUCH
MED MARIJUANA-SOT,VO YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-PKG
PGPD CHIEF SWORN IN TONIGHT-OC,SS YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-OC,BNR, CG,BNR
NEW DETAILS-CLIP NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
FIXER UPPER BABY 5-OC,VO TEASE SIX
DJ KHALID WEIGHT WATCHERS-OC,VO WACO TRUTH AND LIES-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP NEWS UPDATE-CLIP
TEASE THREE MEGA JACKPOTS-VO IN OTS
1) IRMA MULCH-VO-WIPE TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
2) COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS TS1) COLD IN FLORIDA-VO
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP TS2) HELPING THOSE IN NEED-CGTOPS
IRMA MULCH-VO IN OTS OLD TALLAHASSE SNOW PHOTO-OC-VO
IRMA MULCH-SOT,VO FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX
ANTI TEXTING LAWS-OC,VO CLOSE-3 SHOT
ANTI TEXTING LAWS-SOT,VO  


HEADLINES


JESSE PAGAN STAND UP TEASE.

SOME FREEZING PRECIPITATION IN CENTRAL FLORIDA.

THE PICTURES AND VIDEOS ARE POPPING UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

NEXT AT NINE-- THE WINTER WEATHER PREPS -- UNDERWAY ACROSS THE STATE.

:30 its a complete white out i cant feel my finger tips. its just cold. so cold.:38

AND THE COLD WEATHER---

IS BEING FELT ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

A MASSIVE PILE UP IN NEW YORK---

KILLING AT LEAST ONE. Return to index of stories...


2) TALLAHASSEE COLD WEATHER-VO IN BAM


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3) NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-SOT,VO


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NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-2SHOT, CAM 9


GOOD MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

THANKS FOR WATCHING ABC7.

I'M CHRISTINA CARILLA.

AND I'M GREG PARKER.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

WE HAVE A JAM PACKED SHOW FOR YOU THIS MORNING--

AND THE BIG STORY--- IS THE WEATHER FLORIDA IS BRACING FOR.

WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE FOR YOU WITH EMILY BURRIS-- JESSE PAGAN--STORMWARN SEVEN METEOROLGIST CODY MURPHY-- AND FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART.

CODY-- WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TODAY? Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-GFX FULL, 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...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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EARTH CAM SHOT-LIVE


THIS IS A LIVE LOOK FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.

TRAFFIC ON I-10 IS BEING DIVERTED -- BECAUSE OF ICE ON THE ROADWAY.

ACCORDING TO F-H-P THE ROAD WON'T RE-OPEN UNTIL ITS SAFE. Return to index of stories...


ICED OVER POOL IN PENSACOLA-VOTOPS


THIS VIDEO IF FROM PENSACOLA.

AS YOU CAN SEE--- THE TOP OF THIS POOL--- IS FROZEN OVER!

RIGHT NOW--- THERE IS A HARD FREEZE WARNING IN PENSCOLA. Return to index of stories...


TALLAHASSEE ICE SHOT-VO,SS


CHECK OUT THIS INCREDIBLE VIDEO FROM TALLAHASSEE!

ITS SNOWING!

THIS VIDEO IS FROM ABC NEWS' VICTOR OQUENDO.

NEW PICTURES ARE COMING INTO OUR NEWSROOM NOW FROM TALLAHASSEE TOO--

HERE YOU CAN SEE LIGHT ICE IS ALREADY FORMING ON A MAILBOX -- NEAR DOWNTOWN.

ICE IS ALSO A CONCERN ON THE ROADS UP THERE THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO EMILY-2SH


AND RIGHT NOW THAT ICE IS CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS ON ROADS IN THE AREA.

EMILY HAS BEEN TRACKING THE LATEST CONDITIONS ALONG I-10. Return to index of stories...


EMILY: FL PREP-NAVI IN TOUCH


I'VE BEEN MONITORING TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN TALLAHASSEE --

RIGHT NOW THIS IS A LOOK AT I-10 --

WHERE SECTIONS OF THE WESTBOUND HIGHWAY ARE SHUT DOWN RIGHT NOW BECUASE OF ICE!

**AD LIB**

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS WARNING FAMILIES IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE TO PREPARE FOR WINTER CONDITIONS -- Return to index of stories...


EMILY: FL PREP-VOFULL


OVERNIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING F-DOT CREWS WERE OUT --

SANDING AND SALTING ROADS AND BRIDGES AHEAD OF THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

BUT DEPSITE THEIR EFFORTS -- THIS MORNING SEVERAL ICY ROADS IN THE TALLAHASSEE AND JACKSONVILLE AREAS ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR DRIVERS.

GOVERNOR SCOTT SAYS F-H-P CREWS ARE NOW ON 12- HOUR SHIFTS IN THE PANHANDLE AND NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA --

MONITORING ROADS AND STANDING AT THE READY TO HELP DRIVERS WHO MAY HIT ICY CONDITIONS. Return to index of stories...


TALLAHASSEE COLD WEATHER-OC,VO


FLORIDIAN'S IN THE STATE CAPITOL ARE BUNDLING UP--

ENDURING THE COLD WEATHER THIS MORNING.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY -- FLORIDA A-AND-M -- LEON COUNTY SCHOOLS -- AND ALACHUA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR WEATHER TODAY.

TALLAHASSEE WILL SEE LOWS IN THE 20'S THROUGH SATURDAY.

THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN THE CITY WAS NEGATIVE TWO DEGREES!

THAT WAS MORE THAN 117 YEARS AGO. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX PREP-SOT,VO


02:31:30

We do have a space heater and we have heated blankets and I'm pulling them out

AGAIN--- IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA---

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE THIRTIES THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

MANY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--- IS PREPARING. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX PREP-SOT,VO,BOXES


02:39:04-:14

Marcia Dilger

Store Manager | Home Depot

This weekend was very Busy, especially in this store. We had a large number of residents come in to get heaters, preparing ahead of time for the cold front

WHILE SHOPPERS ARE LOOKING TO STAY WARM--

SOME--- ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SLEEP.

ABC7'S JESSE PAGAN IS LIVE FROM ONE OF THE SHELTERS IN LEE COUNTY---- OPENING UP TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX PREP-LIVE,VO


TEMPERATURES ARE READING IN THE 50S--

AND OUR METEOROLOGISTS SAY THIS WILL BE THE WARMEST MORNING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

AS THE TEMPERATURES GET LOWER--

PEOPLE ARE STOCKING UP TO HEAT THEIR HOMES AND SOME JUST LOOKING FOR A WARM PLACE TO STAY.

IN SOME STORES--

SPACE HEATERS ARE ALREADY GONE.

THE MANAGER AT HOME DEPOT IN FORT MYERS TELLS US THEY SWITCHED SALES SUDDENLY--

FROM FANS AND COOLING EQUIPMENT TO HEATING.

AN EMERGENCY SHIPMENT OF SPACE HEATERS IS ON THE WAY.

AND FOR THOSE WITHOUT A WARM PLACE--

THE SALVATION ARMY WILL BE OPENING AS TEMPERATURES GO BELOW 40 DEGREES. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX PREP-SOT,LIVE


Russell Rieder, Director of Facilities Salvation Army

130618 We set up a shelter in our soup kitchen and then from there it's taking care of people that need to be taken care of here in the cold weather 0630

RUSSELL THERE TELLS ME TO DO THAT--

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS.

ANOTHER SHELTER WILL BE OPENING IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TONIGHT.

LIVE JP ABC7. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: DEATHS-OTSRVL


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 DON'T HAVE SUFFICIENT HEATING AND INSULATION.

INLAND AREAS OF FLORIDA ARE MOST LIKELY TO SEE BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN MID-JANUARY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: HOW YOU CAN HELP-OC,CG


WITH THESE COLD TEMPERATURES---- YOU CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED!

THE SALVATION ARMY IN LEE COUNTY IS IN NEED OF BLANKETS AND JACKETS.

THEY CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS LISTED ON YOUR SCREEN.

2-6-7-4 EDISON AVENUE IN FORT MYERS---

2-4-5-0 EDISON AVENUE--

AND 1-0-2-9-1 MCGREGOR BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION--- YOU CAN HEAD TO OUR WEBISTE-- ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER LANDSCAPING-VO IN OTS


WITH COLD TEMPERATURES - MANY ARE WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR PLANTS?

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

THEY ALSO SUGGEST--SOAKING THE GROUND AROUND THE PLANTS.

THAT HELPS INSULT THE PLANT FROM THE INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER LANDSCAPING-SOT,VO, HALFSCREEN


David Donehoo/Cape Coral

03:02:49 This is my property and i want people to think nicely of me 53 ** and i care enough to take care of it 57

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR LANDSCAPE.

BRING PLANTS INDOORS - IF POSSIBLE. OR INTO A GARAGE.

IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT - JUST REMEMBER TO WATER THEM FOR INSULATION.

IT KEEPS THE ROOTS WARM--- ALLOWING THEM TO SURVIVE THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-SOT,VO


:25 you couldnt see a gosh darn thing in front of you. everything was blurry its white out right now.:29

SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BELOW FREEZING - AND SEEING WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS.

IN NEW YORK-- THERE WAS A MAJOR PILEUP--INVOLVING ABOUT 100 CARS AND TRUCKS. KILLING AT LEAST ONE PERSON.

DRIVERS REPORTED BLINDING SNOW AND SLICK ROADS. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH


AND THIS STORM -- EXPECTED TO SLAM THE EAST COAST IS BRINGING SLEET AND ICE--- ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CANADIAN BORDER BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

ABC'S EVA PILGRIM HAS MORE ON THIS SO-CALLED "BOMB CYCLONE". Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WINTER WEATHER-PKG


THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY - CRIPPLED BY SEVERE WINTER WEATHER?

LOCATOR: BUFFALO, NY

BLINDING SNOW IN BUFFALO -- GROUNDING PLANES AT THE AIRPORT.

AND CAUSING A DEADLY PILEUP ON THIS HIGHWAY.

NATS

ONE PERSON LOSING THEIR LIFE AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER 22 VEHICLES CRASHED ALONG THE NEW YORK THRUWAY -

NATS

100S OF CARS BACKED UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO - COMPLETELY SHUTTING DOWN A PORTION OF THE HIGHWAY.

SOT: You couldn't see a gosh darn thing in front of you.

25 STATES - NOW UNDER WINTER WEATHER ALERTS

TugboatStuckNY

ChicagoRiverIceIL

ON FROZEN WATERWAYS LIKE THE HUDSON AND CHICAGO RIVERS? CREWS WORKING TO BREAK UP THE ICE BY WHATEVER MEANS THEY CAN

NATS -- FERRY BREAKING THROUGH ICE

LOCATOR: BAYFIELD, WI

THIS IS THE SOUND OF A FERRY BREAKING THROUGH THE ICY WATERS OF LAKE SUPERIOR

LOCATOR: BROOKLINE, MA

SUB ZERO TEMPS -- ALSO FREEZING WATER MAINS -- CAUSING THEM TO BURST IN MASSACHUSETTS

NATS - WATER MAIN BREAK

LOCATORS:

MISSOURI

BALTIMORE, MD

MISSOURI? AND IN BALTIMORE.TURNING THIS STREET INTO AN ICE RINK

LOCATOR: CHICAGO, IL

A BRUTAL COMMUTE FOR THOSE IN CHICAGO

NATS -- COMMUTER: I can't even describe it. It's unbearable

AN ER DOCTOR HERE TELLING US THEY'VE SEEN MORE THAN A DOZEN CASES OF FROSTBITE IN JUST THE LAST FEW DAYS.

LOCATOR: HOUSTON, TX

THE DEEP FREEZE HEADING SOUTH -- CARS SLIDING ALONG ICY HIGHWAYS IN HOUSTON. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO MACKENZIE-3 SHOT


EVA PILGRIM REPORTING.

LETS BRING IN FORECASTER MACKENIZE BART---

WITH A LOOK AT THE WEATHER NATIONALLY.

MACKENZIE--- Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER-LYNX 2


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COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS


A-B-C-7 WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON THE COLD TEMPS.

BUT--- AS THOSE TEMPS DROP--- AND THE WEATHER CHANGES---

MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD OUR STORMWARN-7 APP TO TRACK THE COLD TEMPERATURES --

AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S MOST ACCURATE FORECAST.

JUST SEARCH STORMWARN-7 --

IN THE APPLE STORE ON GOOGLE PLAY. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE ONE


DANGERS--- OF MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

NEXT--- THE PUSH FOR MORE CROSS WALKS--

AND SLOW DOWN SPEEDERS.

PLUS--- WITH THE COLD WEATHER---

IT COULD MEAN BAD NEWS FOR CITRUS.

AT 9:15-- WHAT'S BEING DONE TO PROTECT FLORIDA FARMS. Return to index of stories...


1) MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-VOTOPS


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2) CITRUS AND COLD-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-SOT,VO,VO IN TOUCH


12;32:00 As you can see cars are flying by right now.

WE ARE FOLLOWING UP ON A STORY--- WE FIRST UNCOVERED A FEW MONTHS BACK.

NEIGHBORS ON MCGREGOR BOULEVARD SAY THE ROAD CONTINUES TO BE A PROBLEM ---

FULL OF FAST DRIVERS AND CLOSE CALLS.

NOW THE CITY OF FORT MYERS IS LOOKING AT ADDING MORE CROSSWALKS AND PATROLS ALONG THE BUSY AREAS.

ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG HAS MORE ON THESE PLANS. Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-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 Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR SIDEWALKS-OC


MEGHAN BRAGG REPORTING.

GETTING YOU MORE--

THE FORT MYERS AND CAPE CORAL AREAS---

HAVE BEEN NAMED THE MOST DANGEROUS IN THE COUNTRY--FOR PEDESTRIANS.

THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL DOES HAVE A PLAN TO INSTALL SIDEWALKS WITH VARYING DEGREES OF PRIORITY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE TWO


WITH THE COLD WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY---

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT WHAT IT'S GOING TO MEAN FOR YOUR CITRUS PLANTS.

AND THIS WEEK YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF TURNING THE HEAT ON.

BUT BEFORE YOU DO--EXPERTS SAY THERE SOMETHING YOU NEED TO DO FIRST TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE SAFE. Return to index of stories...


1) CITRUS AND COLD-VO


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2) HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO


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CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM


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FORECAST-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...


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HOME HEATING ISSUES-VO IN BAM


WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO DROP LATER 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--

CAUSING A FIRE.

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

YOUR HEATERS COILS ARE JUST BURNING OFF SOME OF THE DUST THATS BUILT UP INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


HOME HEATING ISSUES-SOT,VO


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...


CITRUS AND COLD-VO IN OTS, VOFULL


WITH THIS COLD WEATHER--FLORIDA'S CITRUS GROWERS ARE ON HIGH ALERT--PREPARING THE TREES.

GROWERS HAVE STARTED SATURATING THE GROUND FOR INSULATION.

IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS---

MANY GROVES HAVE WEATHER STATIONS SO THEY CAN KEEP TRACK OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS AND COLD-SOT,VO


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. Return to index of stories...


TALLAHASSEE PIC-SS(2)


CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING PICTURES FROM TALLAHASSEE THIS MORNING.

THEY WERE TAKEN FROM THE F-S-U CAMPUS AT LANDIS GREEN. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-OC,SS


A-B-C-7 WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON THE COLD TEMPERATURES.

MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD OUR STORMWARN-7 APP TO TRACK THE COLD.

IT WILL SEND YOU WEATHER ALERTS -- YOU CAN WATCH THE LIVE-DOPPLAR RADAR.

JUST SEARCH STORMWARN-7 --

IN THE APPLE STORE ON GOOGLE PLAY. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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MED MARIJUANA-OC,VO


A YEAR AFTER MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECAME LEGAL IN FLORIDA—

THE CITY OF FORT MYERS NOW IS CONSIDERING LIMITING THE NUMBER OF SHOPS THAT DISPENSE THE DRUG.

NOW FORT MYERS IS CONSIDERING LIMITING THE NUMBERS—

ALTHOUGH VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED THEM.

LAST NIGHT-- CITY COUNCIL HEARD FROM VOTERS AND EXPERTS ON WHETHER THE DISPENSARIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED.

MAYOR RANDY HENDERSON SAYS COUNCIL SHOULD LISTEN TO THE VOTERS BUT BE SENSITIVE TO CONCERNS. Return to index of stories...


MED MARIJUANA-SOT,VO


Randy Henderson / FM Mayor. /. 17:15 We need to make sure it's safe and lawfully distributed. A lot of these details haven't even been figured out yet. That's what makes it a particular challenge. 17:23:08

COMMUNITIES AROUND FORT MYERS LIKE BONITA SPRINGS, ESTERO AND SANIBEL ISLAND ALL ISSUED MORATORIUMS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES OPENING UP.

NOW THIS WAS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING.

THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 19TH. Return to index of stories...


PGPD CHIEF SWORN IN TONIGHT-OC,SS


TODAY--- THE CITY OF PUNTA GORDA HAS A NEW POLICE CHIEF.

PAMELA DAVIS WAS OFFICIALLY SWORN IN THIS MORNING AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

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 DETAILS-CLIP


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FIXER UPPER BABY 5-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-OC,VO


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

GLOBAL POP MUSIC STAR 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 SOCIAL MEDIA.

WEIGHT WATCHERS STOCK ROSE MORE THAN SIX PERCENT ON TUESDAY.

THE COMPANY SAYS D-J KHALED WILL WORK WITH A COACH AND USE ITS MOBILE APP TO KEEP TRACK OF HIS HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE THREE


ALL THIS HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS IS TURNING INTO FREE MULCH.

BUT--- LANDSCAPERS SAYS---

YOU DON'T WANT THIS ON YOUR PROPERTY.

PLUS--- ABC7 CONTINUES TO MONTIOR THE COLD WEATHER---

MAKING ITS WAY TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

AT 9:30-- HOW SCHOOLS ARE PREPARING FOR THE CHANGE IN WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


1) IRMA MULCH-VO-WIPE


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2) COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS


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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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IRMA MULCH-VO IN OTS


HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS--- IS NOW BEING TURNED INTO MULCH.

THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL IS GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE.

BUT--- SOME LANDSCAPERS SAY YOU MAY NOT WANT TO ACTUALLY USE THIS ON YOUR PROPERTY.

THE CITY IS SAYING THIS MULCH IS NOT THE SAME QUALITY AS DECORATIVE MULCH YOU GET AT THE STORE.

IF MAY CONTAIN SEEDS FROM INVASIVE AND NON NATIVE PLANTS.

THERE IS EVEN A CHANCE IT MAY CONTAIN SPORES FROM FUNGUS IMPACTING PLANTS. Return to index of stories...


IRMA MULCH-SOT,VO


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...


ANTI TEXTING LAWS-OC,VO


THE NEW YEAR--- COULD HOLD TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT FOR ANTI TEXTING LAWS IN FLORIDA.

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ARE NOW SUPPORTING MAKING TESTING WHILE DRIVING---

A PRIMARY OFFENSE.

FLORIDA IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN STATES THAT DON'T ALLOW POLICE TO PULL SOMEONE OVER FOR JUST TEXTING ALONE.

BUT THE CONCERN--- IS PRIVACY.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL--- POLICE WOULD NEED A WARRANT TO LOOK AT YOUR PHONE.

BLACK LAWMAKERS WORRY PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO RACIAL PROFILING. Return to index of stories...


ANTI TEXTING LAWS-SOT,VO


Rep. Richard Corcoran

House Speaker

R-Pasco County

"92 percent of all drivers have admitted to engaging in some sort of texting, emailing behavior while in an automobile. We've got to curb that behavior to keep our roads safe."

THE FINE FOR A FIRST OFFENSE UNDER THE PROPOSAL WOULD REMAIN AT THIRTY DOLLARS.

BUT TEXTING IN A SCHOOL ZONE OR A SECOND OFFENSE WOULD COUNT AS MOVING VIOLATIONS AND EARN POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE. Return to index of stories...


DO NOT CALL LIST-OC,VO


THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES RECEIVED MORE THAN 40-THOUSAND CONSUMER COMPLAINTS IN 2017.

THE MOST COMMON COMPLAINT--- WAS THE STATES DO NOT CALL LIST.

THERE WERE MORE THAN 19-THOUSAND COMPLAINTS.

DESPITE THE HIGH NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS---

THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES SAYS IT'S HOLDING VIOLATORS ACCOUNTABLE.

THE DEPARTMENT COLLECTED MORE THAN 2 AND HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN FINES FOR CONSUMERS IN 2017. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FOUR


STICK WITH ABC7--- AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE ICY CONDITIONS ACROSS FLORIDA--

AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SCHOOLS--- HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK.

AND SOME PARTS OF THE STATE--- ARE SEEING SNOW!

SO WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR IT TO SNOW IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA?

WE GET YOU MORE---- AT 9:45 Return to index of stories...


WEATHER-WX CTR


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1) COLD WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH


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2) SNOW?-VO IN BAM


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NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP


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OPENING BELL-LIVETOPS


ABC7 IS ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS - YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WHERE THE TRADING DAY IS JUST ABOUT TO BEGIN.

U.S. STOCK FUTURES ARE PUSHING HIGHER.

THE S&P 500 AND NASDAQ COULD HIT NEW RECORDS TODAY.

AND THE DOW CONTINUES INCHING TOWARD 25,000 POINTS.

RITE AID IS SET TO REPORT EARNINGS TODAY AFTER THE CLOSE AND WALGREENS WILL REPORT TOMORROW.

CVS IS STILL ACQUIRING AETNA.

THE DEAL COULD TRANSFORM DRUG STORES INTO HEALTH CLINICS AND LOWER PRICES FOR CONSUMERS. Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS


NEW VIDEO RIGHT NOW FROM TALLAHASSEE --

WEATHER CHANNEL METEOROLOGIST MIKE SEIDEL TWEETED THIS OUT --

YOU CAN SEE BIG FLUFFY SNOWFLAKES FALLING THERE. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS


CHECK OUT THIS PICTURE FROM PENSACOLA.

A FOUNTAIN--- FROZE OVER!

THE WOMAN WHO TOOK THE PICTURES SAYS--- SHE WAS SO AMAZED BY THE SITE THAT SHE MADE HER HUSBAND PULL OVER TO GET A PICTURE. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER-SS(3)


AND NEW PICTURES FROM TALLAHASSEE THIS MORNING --

THESE WERE POSTED JUST ABOUT A HALF HOUR AGO --

YOU CAN SEE ICE FORMING IN THIS YARD --

IN NORTH TALLAHASSEE.

THE POSTER SAYS ICE IS FORMING ON THE WOOD DECK BUT NOT BRICK OR SLATE SIDEWALK JUST YET. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CODY-CAM 9


LETS BRING IN STORM WARN SEVEN METEOROLGIST CODY MURPHY--

FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE WEATHER.

CODY--- Return to index of stories...


TRACKING COLD-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...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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MANATTEES HUDDLE-VO IN BAM


VISITORS TO THE MANATEE VIEWING CENTER IN TAMPA ARE SEEING A HUGE GROUP OF THE GENTLE GIANTS GATHERING.

MANATEES ARE CONGREGATING IN THE AREA BECAUSE IT IS LOCATED NEAR A POWER STATION'S DISCHARGE CANAL.

THE FACILITY USES SEA WATER FOR COOLING AND THEN RETURNS THE WARMED WATER BACK TO TAMPA BAY.

MANATEES ARE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO THE COLD AND CAN DIE IN WATER BELOW 68 DEGREES. Return to index of stories...


ORLANDO WATER PARKS-VO IN TOUCH


FLORIDA'S COLD SNAP IS FORCING ORLANDO'S WATER PARKS TO SHUT ITS DOORS.

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

ANOTHER DISNEY WATER PARK, BLIZZARD BEACH, IS CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY SIXTH FOR RENOVATIONS.

HOWEVER, ORLANDO THEME PARKS LIKE WALT DISNEY WORLD AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Return to index of stories...


DELTA WAIVERS-OTS


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

THEY'RE WAIVING FEES FOR REBOOKING OR CHANGING FLIGHTS THIS WEEK AFFECTED BY THE STORM --

IF YOU'RE FLYING -- CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE FOR QUALIFYING FLIGHTS. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHRIS-CAM 6 SS IN BAM


ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SCHOOLS ALL MORNING.

WITH SCHOOLS GETTING BACK IN SESSION AFTER WINTER BREAK--

WHAT ARE COUNTIES DOING CHRIS? Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: CHRIS ON SCHOOLS-SS IN BAM


I REACHED OUT TO THE CHARLOTTE AND GLADES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

A CHARLOTTE SPOKESPERSON TELLS ME GYM CLASSES WILL BE INDOORS TODAY.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE KIDS GO OUTSIDE IF THEY DON'T HAVE TO.

AT 15 DISTRICT SCHOOLS--FREE *HOT BREAKFAST IS SERVED--SO STUDENTS HAD THE OPTION OF A WARM MEAL AS THEY RETURNED FROM VACATION.

AS FOR COLD WEATHER ALERTS--THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A SYSTEM TO INFORM PARENTS OF WEATHER LIKE THIS--

--BUT THEY *DIDN'T SEND ANYTHING OUT BECAUSE THEY FELT IT WAS COMMON SENSE.

OVER IN GLADES COUNTY--

--A SPOKESPERSON WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THERE SAYS HOLDING GYM INSIDE IS AT THE SCHOOLS' DISCRETION.

AS FOR *THEIR WEATHER ALERT--WHEN I ASKED IF ONE WENT OUT TO ADVISE STUDENTS TO BUNDLE UP--HE SAID THEY *HADN'T* ISSUED ONE--BUT PLAN TO MAKE ONE AFTER I BROUGHT IT UP.

THEY'LL HAVE THAT INFO ON THE DISTRICT FACEBOOK PAGE AND WEBSITE.

I SAW PLENTY OF STUDENTS THIS MORNING HEADED TO CLASS AT PORT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL--

--AND THE GENERAL FEELING I'M HEARING FROM SOME OF THEM--THEY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE BUNDLED UP MORE. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO


Jacksonville 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,.

THE THE MAYOR OF JACKSONVILLE--

WARNING ABOUT THESE COLD TEMPERATURES. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-VOTOPS


IN GEORGIA--- A STATE OF EMERENCY.

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. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO


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

/BUTT/

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

IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA---

WIND CHILLS ARE 50 BELOW.

IN CHICAGO--- CREWS LIGHT FIRES--

TO KEEP RAIL SWITCHES FROM FREEZING.

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. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO EMILY-2SH DESK


AND UP THE EAST COAST --

THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET WORSE.

EMILY BURRIS AND FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SOMETHING CALLED A BOMB CYCLONE THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-WX CTR


YEAH GET READY TO HEAR THE TERM BOMB CYCLONE AN ANNOYING AMOUNT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

IT'S STIRRING UP PLENTY OF REACTION ONLINE -- SO WE WANTED TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER AND GET YOU SOME ACCURATE INFORMATION.

MACK - WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH HERE?

**AD LIB** Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-VO FULL


BUT OF COURSE THE INTERNET IS HAVING FUN WITH A NAME LIKE "BOMB CYCLONE" --

THIS GUY TWEETING --

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

January 2: Buy groceries before bomb cyclone hits

FANS OF THE SCI-FI CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTER FILM DAY AFTER TOMORROW SEEM TO THINK LIFE IS IMITATING ART RIGHT NOW --

"TURNED ON THE TV THINKING IT WAS THE NEWS SCENE IN THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW WHEN IT WAS REAL NEWS AND THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BOMB CYCLONE"

STAR WARS AND GAME OF THRONES FANS HAVING LOTS OF FUN WITH IT THIS MORNING TOO --

WINTER IS COMING --

YEAH I'D SAY IT'S HERE.

BUT AGAIN DESPITE THE INCREDIBLY INTIMIDATING NAME --

WE'RE DEALING WITH A WINTER STORM.

AND ABC7 WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-SSTOPS


A-B-C-7 WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON THE COLD TEMPS.

BUT--- AS THOSE TEMPS DROP--- AND THE WEATHER CHANGES---

MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD OUR STORMWARN-7 APP TO TRACK THE COLD TEMPERATURES --

AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S MOST ACCURATE FORECAST.

JUST SEARCH STORMWARN-7 --

IN THE APPLE STORE ON GOOGLE PLAY. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-SOT,VO


01:40:07 "I believe kids are vulnerable to anything to me it's worse than murdering an adult"

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. Return to index of stories...


12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-VO IN BAM


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...


12 YO SEXUAL ASSAULT-SOT,VO


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...


MISSING GIRLS MANHUNT-OC,VO


RIGHT NOW--- A NATIONWIDE AMBER ALERT.

AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO TEXAS SISTERS--

WHO WENT MISSING--

AFTER THEIR MOTHER WAS FOUND DEAD IN THEIR HOME.

POLICE BELIEVE THE GIRLS COULD BE WITH THE MOMS ROOMMATE --

NOW BEING CALLED A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE INVESTIGATION.

LULU BANDERA-MAGRET AND LILI GRIFFITH ARE BELIEVED TO BE WITH 44 YEAR OLD TERRY ALLEN MILES.

AUTHORITIES SAY--- HE MAY BE TRAVELING WITH THE GIRLS IN A 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 Return to index of stories...


MISSING GIRLS MANHUNT-SOT,VO


It's our neighbor, it's the holidays, and you know you want to feel safe in your neighborhood and with your kids and everybody. And just to hear something like this is very devastating

POLICE SAY THEY CALLED THE MOTHERS HOME TWICE SATURDAY WHEN A COWORKER AND HER BOYFRIEND SUSPECTED SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

ON SUNDAY---- HER BODY WAS FOUND.

LOUISIANA POLICE TELL ABC NEWS, BACK IN 2011, MILES WAS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER THE ALLEGED BEATING OF HIS THEN GIRLFRIEND.

THIS MORNING, A COMMUNITY IS JUST HOPING THOSE GIRLS ARE SAFE AND WILL BE RETURNED HOME SOON. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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DOUG JONES SWORN IN-OC,VO


SENATOR-ELECT DOUG JONES BECOMES SENATOR DOUG JONES TODAY.

HE WILL BE ON CAPITOL HILL TO BE OFFICIALLY SWORN-IN.

JONES WON LAST MONTH'S SPECIAL ELECTION IN ALABAMA.

HE NARROWLY BEAT CONTROVERSIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, ROY MOORE--

WHO FACED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

IN THE DAYS AFTER THE ELECTION, MOORE REFUSED TO CONCEDE--

BUT ALABAMA CERTIFIED JONES' VICTORY LAST WEEK. Return to index of stories...


TINA SMITH REPLACES FRANKEN-OC,VO


TINA SMITH WILL BE SWORN IN TODAY AS AL FRANKEN'S TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT IN THE U-S SENATE.

THE FORMER MINNESOTA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WAS APPOINTED TO THE POST LAST MONTH AFTER FRANKEN ANNOUNCED HE WOULD STEP DOWN.

FRANKEN RESIGNED IN THE WAKE OF MULTIPLE SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM.

HE OFFICIALLY SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION LETTER ON TUESDAY.

A SPECIAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER TO SERVE OUT THE FINAL TWO YEARS OF FRANKEN'S TERM. Return to index of stories...


HATCH NO REELECTION-WIPE-VOTOPS


UTAH SENATOR ORRIN HATCH ANNOUNCED TUESDAY HE WON'T SEEK RE-ELECTION THIS YEAR.

THE 83-YEAR OLD SAID IN A SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE, "AFTER MUCH PRAYER AND DISCUSSION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS I'VE DECIDED TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS TERM."

HATCH IS THE SENATE'S LONGEST SERVING REPUBLICAN.

HE SET OFF RETIREMENT RUMORS EARLY LAST YEAR WHEN HE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW HE HOPED TO SEE MITT ROMNEY ONE DAY TAKE HIS PLACE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE FIVE


THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SNOW IN FLORIDA!

SO-- WHERE CAN WE SEE IT?

WE GET YOU MORE--- NEXT.

YOUTUBE--- UNDER FIRE.

THIS--- AFTER ONE OF THEIR USERS--

POSTED A DEAD BODY IN A POST.

NEXT--- WE BREAK DOWN IF YOUTUBE REALLY MONITORS ALL THEIR CONTENT. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


1) MACK: SNOW?-VO IN TOUCH


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2) YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-VO-WIPE


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TONYA HARDING-SOTTOPS


CRIMEWATCH DAILY PROMO Return to index of stories...


CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM


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FORECAST-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: SNOW POTENTIAL?-WX CTR


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GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK


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GET MORE: PLANTS-VO IN TOUCH


WITH THE TEMPERATURES DROPPING---

MANY ARE WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR LANDSCAPING.

EXPERTS SAY---

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

AND LIKE CODY SAID--- YOU CAN EXPECT THAT TOMORROW AND FRIDAY.

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


GET MORE: SHELTERS-VO IN BAM


AND A REMINDER---- SHELTERS ARE OPENING UP IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR THE COLD WEATHER.

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

BUT-- THE SALVATION ARMY IS OPENING ITS DOORS TONIGHT AT SEVEN.

RIGHT NOW--- THERE ARE 27-HUNDRED LEE COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO ARE HOMELESS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: SHELTERS-SOT,VO


Russel 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

AGAIN--- THE SALVATION ARMY SHELTER OPENS AT SEVEN TONIGHT ON EDISON AVENUE.

EVERYONE MUST BE OUT BY SEVEN A-M THE NEXT DAY.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS LONG AS THE TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW 40 DEGREES.

ANOTHER SHELTER WILL OPEN IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TONIGHT AS WELL. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA COLD DEATHS-OTSRVL


GETTING YOU MORE.

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...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-VO IN TOUCH


THIS MORNING--- AN EMOTIONAL APOLOGY--- FROM YOUTUBE STAR LOGAN PAUL.

THIS--- AFTER HE POSTED A VIDEO---

APPARENTLY SHOWING SOMEONE WHO TOOK THEIR OWN LIFE.

THIS MORNING--- CALLS ARE GROWING FOR HIS CHANNEL TO BE SHUT DOWN.

ABC'S ADRIENNE BANKERT HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-PKG


Logan Paul apology: I've made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment and I don't expect to be forgiven but i'm simply here to apologize.

IN A STARK CHANGE OF TONE FROM HIS USUALLY COMEDIC VIDEOS. YOUTUBE STAR LOGAN PAUL SAYS HE'S ASHAMED OF HIS ACTIONS.

Logan Paul apology: For my fans who are defending my actions, please don't, they do not deserve to be defended.

THE SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER WITH MORE THAN 15 MILLION YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS.

NATS PAUL ON YOUTUBE

FACES INTENSE CRITICISM AFTER POSTING A VIDEO HE SHOT IN WHAT'S KNOWN AS JAPAN'S SUICIDE FOREST - WHERE HE SHOWS THE BODY OF A PERSON WHO RECENTLY KILLED THEMSELVES.

the view megan mccain: he's a complete and utter insensitive idiot

PARENTS - WHOSE KIDS WATCH HIS HUGELY POPULAR CHANNEL - ARE OUTRAGED - ONE TWEET READS "THE WORST PART IS LOGAN PAUL'S CULT FAN BASE IS LITTLE CHILDREN. WHO JUST WATCHED THEIR IDOL LAUGH AND JOKE AS SOMEONE ENDED THEIR LIFE."

THE FIERCE BACKLASH.PROMPTED HIM TO TAKE DOWN THE VIDEO.

THIS MORNING, MANY QUESTION WHY *YOUTUBE* -- WHICH TOLD ABC NEWS TUESDAY IT "PROHIBITS VIOLENT OR GORY CONTENT POSTED IN A SHOCKING, SENSATIONAL OR DISRESPECTFUL MANNER" -- DIDN'T REMOVE THE VIDEO IMMEDIATELY.

Louise Matsakis/Staff Writer, WIRED

"I think that YouTube was probably blindsided because they didn't take down the video themselves. And it seems to have slipped through their moderation/safeguards."

YOUTUBE SAYS A *BILLION* VIDEOS ARE UPLOADED TO THE SITE EVERY DAY - JUST ANNOUNCING IN DECEMEBER THE COMPANY WOULD HAVE 10,000 EMPLOYEES MONITOR CONTENT AFTER DELETING OVER 150,000 VIDEOS DEEMED DISTURBING OR FEATURING "PREDATORY COMMENTS" JUST THE MONTH BEFORE.

IT FOLLOWS EFFORTS TO MONITOR WHAT PEOPLE CAN BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK.WHICH LAUNCHED A REVIEW LAST APRIL AFTER IT TOOK OVER 2 HOURS TO TAKE DOWN A VIDEO OF A MURDER

NATS LOGAN

logan broll in project

AS FOR PAUL, MANY WANT HIS CHANNEL SHUT DOWN.

Louise Matsakis/Staff Writer, WIRED

"?You have to violate their community standards three times in order to be kicked off youtube. YouTube calls those strikes./But I think one thing that's important to stress is that there's really no such thing as permanently banning someone from a platform. They might lose their subscribers/But there's nothing stopping someone from opening another account." Return to index of stories...


YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE-OC,BNR, CG,BNR


ADRIENNE BANKERT REPORTING.

IF YOU DO FEEL YOU NEED HELP WITH DEPRESSION OR SUICIDIAL THOUGHTS, THERE ARE NATIONAL, AND LOCAL RESOURCES.

YOU CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE 24/7 AT 1-800-273-8255.

AND HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, THERE ARE NON-PROFIT SUPPORT GROUPS.

"CARES" FOR EXAMPLE AIMS TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ON SUICIDE PREVENTION.

ALL RESOURCES THROUGH THE GROUP ARE FREE.

TO CONTACT "CARES" YOU CAN CALL 239-425-3468.

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TEASE SIX


NEXT--- FINAL CHECK OF WEATHER---

AND A RECAP OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW---

BEFORE THE COLDEST WEATHER HITS TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


WACO TRUTH AND LIES-SOTTOPS


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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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MEGA JACKPOTS-VO IN OTS


GOOD NEWS!

YOU HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO STRIKE IT RICH.

NO ONE MATCHED ALL SIX NUMBERS IN TUESDAY NIGHT'S MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING.

THAT MEANS THE JACKPOT HAS GONE UP: FROM 361 MILLION TO AN ESTIMATED 418 MILLION DOLLARS.

THERE WERE SOME SMALLER PRIZE WINNERS.

TWO TICKETS SOLD MATCHED FIVE NUMBERS.

IF YOU WANT TO DOUBLE CHECK---

THE NUMBERS ARE: ONE 42, 47, 64, 70 AND THE MEGA BALL IS 22.

THE NEXT MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING IS FRIDAY NIGHT.

IF YOU CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG---

YOU CAN TRY YOUR LUCK TONIGHT!

THE POWERBALL JACKPOT IS AN ESTIMATED 440 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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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 THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION---

TO PREPARE FOR ICE ON ROADS IN NORTHERN FLORIDA.

SOME SCHOOLS IN TALLAHASSEE EVEN CLOSED--

INCLUDING FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE WINTER STORM.

REMEMBER--- IF YOU HAVE PLANTS YOU WANT TO PROTECT--

BRING THEM INSIDE---- OR COVER THEM UP. Return to index of stories...


TS2) HELPING THOSE IN NEED-CGTOPS


WITH THESE COLD TEMPERATURES---- YOU CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED!

THE SALVATION ARMY IN LEE COUNTY IS IN NEED OF BLANKETS AND JACKETS.

THEY CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS LISTED ON YOUR SCREEN.

2-6-7-4 EDISON AVENUE IN FORT MYERS---

2-4-5-0 EDISON AVENUE--

AND 1-0-2-9-1 MCGREGOR BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS.

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OLD TALLAHASSE SNOW PHOTO-OC-VO


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...


FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX


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CLOSE-3 SHOT


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