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HEADLINES STOLEN PIGS-OC,VO
1) COLD WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
2) WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-VO IN BAM TEASE FOUR
3) KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO WEATHER-WX CTR
4) COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO 1) ISLAND PARK PREPS-VO-WIPE
NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS 2) NATIONAL WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH
GOOD MORNING-PUSH-2SHOT, CAM 9 3) NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS
Snow Conditions-vo (for bam) NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP
COLD BLAST-CLIP OPENING BELL-LIVETOPS
FIRST WEATHER-GFX FULL, WX CTR COLD BLAST-CLIP
BIG STORY-CLIP TRACKING THE COLD-WX CTR
ST. MATTHEWS HOUSE HELP-VO IN TOUCH BIG STORY-CLIP
ST. MATTHEWS HOUSE HELP-SOT,VO LOCAL COLD WEATHER-SOTTOPS
SHELTERS FOR HOMELESS-OC,CG ISLAND PARK PREPS-VO, VO IN BAM
GET MORE: HELPING OUT-WIPE-CGTOPS ISLAND PARK PREPS-SOT,VO
ARCADIA WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL FWC MONITORING MANATTEES, TURTLES-SQBOX
ARCADIA WEATHER-SOT,VO SEA TURTLE RESCUES-WIPE-VOTOPS
CCFD BONFIRE WARNING-OC,SOT,VOHALFSCREENRVL GET MORE: IGUANAS-OC
COLLIER BACK TO SCHOOL-VO IN OTS GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK
CAR TROUBLES THIS MORNING-VO IN BAM SOUTH CAROLINA SNOWBOARDER-VOTOPS
CAR TROUBLES THIS MORNING-SOT,VO SOUTH CAROLINA TUBER-WIPE-VOTOPS
WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-SOT,VO TVBOX PLOW-WIPE-VOTOPS
WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-SQBOX NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO
WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-PKG NATIONAL WEATHER-VO IN BAM
GET MORE: EMILY-OC NATIONAL WEATHER-PKG
GET MORE: EMILY-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL NATIONAL WEATHER-OC
GET MORE: EMILY-NAVI IN TOUCH TEAM COVERAGE CLIP-CLIP NOT TRACKED
COVERAGE PROMISE-OC,SS GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER-WX CTR
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP GET MORE: EMILY NYC-NAVI IN TOUCH
TEASE ONE GET MORE: EMILY NYC-VOTOPS
1) KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO COVERAGE PROMISE-OC,SS
2) COLD WEATHER HACKS-VOTOPS DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ TRUMP BANNON FEUD-OC,VO
PARENTING ALERT-CLIP VACATION RENTAL LEGISLATION-OC,VO,OC
KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
KIDS IN DOORS-2SHOT TEASE FIVE
KIDS IN DOORS-PKG 1) NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS
KIDS IN DOORS-OC WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP CRIMEWATCH PROMO-SOTTOPS
TEASE TWO CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
1) COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM
2) FLU SEASON-SOT,VO FORECAST-WX WALL
CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM FOCUS ON EATING RIGHT-2SHOT, TURN CAM 6 LIVE IN BA
GET MORE: WIND CHILL-WX CTR FOCUS ON EATING RIGHT-SQBOX, CG(2)
FORECAST-WXWALL 1) Unhealthy Food-vo
GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK 2) Binge Eating-vo
COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO 3) Healthy Snacks-vo
COLD WEATHER HACKS-VO IN TOUCH COLD BLAST-CLIP
COLD WEATHER HACKS-VO IN BAM NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-OC,VO
COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-SOT,VO
FLU SEASON-OC,SOT,VO GET MORE: PETS-OC
FLU SEASON-SOT,VO GET MORE: EMILY
FLU SEASON-SOT,VO GET MORE: EMILY
HEATING COLD POOL-VO IN OTS GET MORE: EMILY
HEATING COLD POOL-SOT,VO NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
GET MORE: EMILY-VO IN TOUCH TEASE SIX
GET MORE: EMILY 1) KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO
GET MORE: EMILY THE VIEW PROMO-SOTTOPS
COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS PARENTING ALERT-CLIP
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO
TEASE THREE KEEPING KIDS BUSY-VO IN BAM
1) PINE ISLAND CROPS-VO-WIPE KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO
2) GET MORE: IGUANAS-VOTOPS TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
WEATHER BUMP-LIVE TS 1) CITRUS PREPARATIONS-VOTOPS
COLD BLAST-CLIP TS 2) PINE ISLAND CROP ISSUES-VOTOPS
PINE ISLAND CROPS-OC,VO TS 4) CARS AND THE COLD-VOTOPS
PINE ISLAND CROPS-SOT,VO TS 5) SHELTERS-VOTOPS
TOMATO FARMS-OC,VO COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS
TOMATO FARMS-SOT,VO FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX
CRIME ALERT-CLIP CLOSE-3 SHOT


HEADLINES


FLORIDA IS COLD!

AND SOME PEOPLE - HAVE NO PLACE TO GO TO GET WARM.

HOW YOU CAN HELP - YOUR COMMUNITY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

AHEAD AT NINE.

AND THE COLD WEATHER IS SLAMMING THE EAST COAST.

NEW ENGLAND IS BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD.

AT NINE--- WE'LL BREAK DOWN THIS SO-CALLED "BOMB-CYCLONE".

5:47:28-5:47:33

You never know with Florida weather never would we expect to actually have such cool weather

IF YOUR LITTLE ONES ARE SICK OF SITTING INSIDE ALREADY!

WE HAVE SOME IDEAS -- TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING CABIN FEVER.

THE FAMILY-FUN ACTIVITIES -- RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

"I'm really not comfortable unless it's 77 degrees. It's cold for me."

14:00:26

AND THE TEMPERATURES ONLY GET COLDER FROM HERE!

BEFORE YOU TURN ON THE HEAT - WE HAVE ENERGY-SAVING HACKS TO HELP KEEP THE COST DOWN. Return to index of stories...


1) COLD WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH


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2) WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-VO IN BAM


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3) KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO


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4) COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO


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NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-PUSH-2SHOT, CAM 9


GOOD MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

THANKS FOR WATCHING ABC7 ON THIS COLD THURSDAY MORNING.

AN I'M GREG PARKER.

HAPPY THURSDAY!

ABC HAS BEEN COVERING THIS COLD SNAP ALL MORNING LONG.

WE HAVE EMILY BURRIS, STORMWARN7 METEORLOGIST CODY MURPHY AND FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART.

CODY--- ANOTHER CHILLY START THIS MORNING.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT FOR THE REST OF THE DAY? Return to index of stories...


Snow Conditions-vo (for bam)


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COLD BLAST-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-GFX FULL, WX CTR


A very chilly morning here in SWFL with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Most places this morning feeling like they are close to freezing when you factor in the wind chill. Expect a cold and breezy day even as we get into the afternoon with our highs making it up into the upper 50s.

Make sure you are bundled up tomorrow morning because temperatures are expected to be even colder than today! If you haven't already, you will want to bring in any outdoor plants and pets shouldn't be outside for too long. Highs will make it up into the low 60s with mainly clear skies.

These clear conditions will allow our morning temperatures to continue to stay very chilly so keep the coat around as we head into the weekend.

Relief is on the way and we will warm up as we get closer to next week when our highs will be back in the mid 70s. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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ST. MATTHEWS HOUSE HELP-VO IN TOUCH


AS THE WEATHER GETS COLDER--

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING TO RESOURCE CENTERS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--FOR A HOT MEAL AND SOME TIME OUT OF THE COLD.

AT SAINT MATTHEWS HOUSE IN NAPLES--RESIDENTS IN RECOVERY SERVE LUNCH AND DINNER TO THE HOMELESS EVERY DAY.

USUALLY-- THEY FEED AROUND 60 PEOPLE EACH MEAL.

BUT THIS WEEK-- THEY ARE PREPARING TO SERVE 90 PEOPLE FOR EACH MEAL--

AS IT GETS COLDER. Return to index of stories...


ST. MATTHEWS HOUSE HELP-SOT,VO


GABE MILLER

ST. MATTHEW'S HOUSE

34:16'

I think it does help to know that they have resources such as the shelter down here that we're opening up for the inclement weather. I think they tend to rely on those kind of resources.:28

THE COLD WEATHER SHELTERS WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY THE TEMPERATURE IS FORECAST TO BE 55 DEGREES OR BELOW. Return to index of stories...


SHELTERS FOR HOMELESS-OC,CG


THERE ARE OTHER SHELTERS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE SALVATION ARMY IN FORT MYERS OFF EDISON AVENUE WILL BE OPEN AGAIN TONIGHT.

IT WILL OPEN UP TONIGHT AT SEVEN---

AND CLOSES TOMORROW MORNING AT SEVEN.

IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY---

THE RED CROSS IS ALSO OPENING UP AT SHELTER ON KENESAW STREET IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

THEIR DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 TONIGHT---

AND CLOSE AT 8 A-M. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: HELPING OUT-WIPE-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.

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


ARCADIA WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL


RIGHT NOW--- ONE OF THE AREAS WITH THE COLDEST TEMPS IS ARCADIA--

WHERE THERE ARE SEVERAL CITRUS FARMS.

FARMERS HAVE BEEN SPRAYING A WARM MIST ON THE GROVES-- HOPING IT CAN CREATE A BLANKET TO FEND OFF FROST.

BUT--- THE COLD WEATHER CAN ACTUALLY BE GOOD FOR THE CROPS.

IF TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW FREEZING -- AND DON'T STAY THERE FOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS--- THE COLD CAN RIPEN FRUIT FASTER AND MAKE IT SWEETER. Return to index of stories...


ARCADIA WEATHER-SOT,VO


Jason Sorrells, Citrus Farm Owner

00:02:08 "it's about duration so as long as we don't have a lot of really cold weather for a long time, long periods, the cold weather is actually really good for the trees"

FARMERS DON'T EXPECT TO SEE TOO MUCH OF A NEGATIVE IMPACT FROM THIS SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...


CCFD BONFIRE WARNING-OC,SOT,VOHALFSCREENRVL


WITH THIS CHILLY WEATHER----

ITS TEMPTING TO START A BONFIRE.

BUT--- THE CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT WANTS YOU TO BE SAFE.

Andrea Schuch: Cape Coral Fire Department

01:19:56

"Be really cognizant of the wind. Which direction it's blowing, if it is very windy don't burn the fire.":06

IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY--- ANY OUTDOOR FIRE MUST BE 25 FEET AWAY FROM A STRUCTURE.

YOU NEED TO HAVE WATER OR SOMETHING TO PUT IT OUT--- ON HAND.

THEY ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BURN ONLY CUT WOOD---NOT HURRICANE DEBRIS OR LEAVY VEGETATION.

BURNING A FIRE THAT'S NOT ENCLOSED IS ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER BACK TO SCHOOL-VO IN OTS


TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL FOR KIDS IN COLLIER COUNTY.

WITH THIS COLD SNAP---

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS ENCOURAGING KIDS TO STAY INDOORS -- BUT WHEN THEY DO GO OUTSIDE, THEY SHOULD WEAR SEVERAL LAYERS. Return to index of stories...


CAR TROUBLES THIS MORNING-VO IN BAM


AND THIS MORNING--- YOU MAY HAVE TROUBLE STARTING YOUR CAR.

THE FLORIDA FREEZE--- COULD KILL YOUR BATTERY.

MECHANICSSAY OUR CARS--- AREN'T USE TO THIS WEATHER.

THEY SAY--- WHEN THE COLD WEATHER COMES---

THE FIRS THING TO GO-- ARE WEAK BATTERIES.

YOU MAY ALSO NOTICE--- YOUR CHECK TIRE PRESSURE ALERT GO OFF.

THESE TEMPS-- MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE AIR. Return to index of stories...


CAR TROUBLES THIS MORNING-SOT,VO


Tory Cummings

Technician

10:35-41

"Engine oils gets thicker, cars tend to crank a lot slower when it's cold so if a battery is week it will show up."

09:15-19

"Also, if it gets cold enough, if there is moisture inside the tires it can actually freeze it."

WHILE YOUR TIRES MAY NOT GO FLAT--

EXPERTS SAY IT COULD BE ENOUGH TO COST YOU SOME MILEAGE.

EXPERTS SAY MAKE SURE YOUR BATTERY IS UP TO DATE. Return to index of stories...


WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-SOT,VO


It's amazing. I've never seen this much snow here.

You always worry when there's a lot of wind blowing that the trees are going to come down.

PEOPLE LIVING ON THE EAST COAST ARE BRACING FOR BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS FROM THIS "BOMB-CYCLONE". Return to index of stories...


WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-SQBOX


SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS ARE IN PLACE FROM FLORIDA UP TO MAINE, WITH FREEZING RAIN, SLEET, SNOW, STRONG WIND, AND A WINTRY MIX ALL EXPECTED FROM THIS SYSTEM.

ABC'S GIO BENTIEZ HAS MORE Return to index of stories...


WINTER EVERYWHERE ELSE-PKG


THIS MORNING -- THAT WINTER "BOMB" OF SNOW AND ICE - GOING OFF -- CREATING A MESS IN THE MIDATLANTIC

LOCATOR: NORFOLK, VA

VIRGINIA -- IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY -- CARS STUCK AS THE SNOW PILES UP.ONE DRIVER -- DESPERATELY TRYING TO DIG OUT

WHITE OUT CONDITIONS -- A NIGHTMARE FOR EARLY COMMUTERS.

BUT FOR PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST?THE STORM IS JUST GETTING STARTED?

LOCATOR: CARNEYS POINT, N.J

EARLY THIS MORNING -- A TRUCK IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY LOST CONTROL, JACKNIFED AND FLEW OFF THE ROAD INTO THE WOODS.COMPLETELY ENGULFED IN FLAMES, THE WOODS AND A NEARBY HOME CATCHING ON FIRE.

SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON - CLOSED TODAY -

LOCATOR: BOSTON, MA

BOSTON ANTICIPATING UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW.

SOT - MARTY WALSH, MAYOR OF BOSTON: We're out there on the roads. We're gonna be ready for the storm

NATS - ICE MOVING DOCK

LOCATOR: OUTERBANKS, NC

AND AFTER A WEEK OF SUB ZERO TEMPS -- PARTS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FROZEN SOLID - WATCH AS GIANT CHUNKS OF ICE PILE UP ALONG THE SHORE IN THE OUTERBANKS - PUSHING AGAINST THIS DOCK?ACTUALLY MOVING IT! Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-OC


GIO BENITEZ REPORTING.

AND EMILY BURRIS HAS BEEN TRACKING SOME OF THE CONDITIONS ALONG THE EAST COAST AS THIS STORM HEADS NORTH --

WE'RE GETTING SOME INTERESTING CRASH REPORTS? Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL


OVERNIGHT -- THREE HUNDRED PASSENGERS ON A TRAIN FROM MIAMI TO NEW YORK BECAME THE LATEST VICTIMS OF THE ICY WEATHER OVERNIGHT WHEN THEIR TRAIN DERAILED AT A STATION IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA.

THE TRAIN WAS TRYING TO BACK UP IN THE STATION -- AND TWO OF IT'S CARS SLIPPED OFF THE TRACKS.

THIS MORNING AMTRACK SAYS THAT FROZEN SWITCHES ON THE RAIL LINE MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE.

NO ONE WAS HURT, TWO OF THE CARS THAT DERAILED WERE JUST CARRYING BAGGAGE AND THE PASSENGERS WERE MOVED TO A DIFFERENT TRAIN AND SENT HOME. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-NAVI IN TOUCH


HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE THE SUN IS OUT --

BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE A DUSTING OF SNOW ON THE BEACH!

TEMPERATURES STILL IN THE 20S ACROSS MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST THIS MORNING.

GET MORE ON WHERE THIS STORM IS HEADED COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-OC,SS


BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR---

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


5:46:46-5:46:50

It was a nice welcomed break but definitely trying to keep the kids occupied

NEXT-- KEEPING THE KIDS PREOCCUPIED---

DURING THIS COLD SNAP.

AND TURNING ON THE HEAT---COULD COST YOU A PRETTY PENNY.

THE ENERGY-SAVING HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT! Return to index of stories...


1) KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO


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2) COLD WEATHER HACKS-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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PARENTING ALERT-CLIP


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KIDS IN DOORS-SOT,VO


5:47:10-5:48:14

We will probably bake some cookies and hot coco and watch some movie

51:21 you can try to climb up a wall I think there's dodgeball 24

WITH CHILLY TEMPS AND SOME SCHOOLS STILL ON WINTER BREAK. KIDS MIGHT BE GETTING CABIN FEVER. Return to index of stories...


KIDS IN DOORS-2SHOT


WITH LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS STILL ON BREAK--

MANY PARENTS ARE TRYING TO FIND ACTIVITIES WITH THE KIDS -- INDOORS.

THAT'S ALLOWING SOME BUSINESSES TO CASH IN ON THE COLD WEATHER.

ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG REPORTS FROM SKYZONE ON CLEVELAND AVENUE Return to index of stories...


KIDS IN DOORS-PKG


Meghan Bragg

Reporting

Good Morning a lot of parents ditching the beach and heading to indoor spots like this skyzone and this cold is doing well for businesses they are actually seeing double the customers.

WITH A FEW DAYS LEFT IN WINTER BREAK--

AMBER SCHILLING WAS PLANNING A BIG PARTY FOR HER THREE KIDS OUTDOORS.

Amber Schilling

Estero

5:46:27-5:46:53

unfortunately that wasn't the case.

WINTER BREAK IS LIVING UP TO ITS NAME BY FORCING FAMILIES FROM THESE BEACHES TO INDOOR ACTIVITIES LIKE SKYZONE TO KEEP WARM.

5:47:24-5:47:27

It was such a bummer because it ruined our morning plans but of course it's the way it goes sometimes.

BUT ONE PERSON'S LOSS IS ANOTHER'S GAIN.

Alex Ryner

Sky zone manager

6:04:04

It's the busiest I have ever seen it.

SKY ZONE MANAGER ALEX RYNER SAYS THEY USALLY HAVE AROUND 100 PEOPLE A DAY DURING THE WEEK. BUT THIS COLD SNAP COMBINED WITH WINTER BREAK HAS BOOSTED THAT NUMBER TO MORE THAN 600 CUSTOMERS.

5:51:11

I think it's defiantly more full there is not usually this many kids here

6:04:21 -6:04:25

As the week progresses and as it continues to get colder we will continue to see our sales go up.

Mark Kendall

General manager

6:55:19

We are probably about 15 percent.

GAME TIME IN FORT MYERS IS ALSO SEE THE SAME RESULTS-

6:56:26

It's just too cold to do any outdoor activities even raining weather we will get last minute bday Mellisa Gauthier

Fort myers party

AND FOR BUSY MOMS LIKE AMBER THEY ARE JUST HAPPY TO KEEP THEIR KIDS MOVING- You never know with Florida weather never would we expect to actually have such cool weather Return to index of stories...


KIDS IN DOORS-OC


MEGHAN BRAGG REPORTING.

IF YOU DO WANT TO SEE A LIST OF ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO DURING THIS COLD SNAP WE HAVE THE LIST ON OUR WEBSITE--- ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE TWO


"As long as I can have a little heat when I need it."

14:02:10

WITH THE COLD WEATHER--

YOU WILL PROBABLY TURN YOUR HEAT ON.

NEXT--- WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WHILE STAYING WARM.

11:34:06 "Staying home with good books, lots of tea, just trying to get better.":10

AND FLU SEASON - ONLY GETTING WORSE, AND *FAST.

WHY *THIS TIME -- YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO BLAME IT ON THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


1) COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO


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2) FLU SEASON-SOT,VO


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CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM


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GET MORE: WIND CHILL-WX CTR


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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.A very chilly morning here in SWFL with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Most places this morning feeling like they are close to freezing when you factor in the wind chill. Expect a cold and breezy day even as we get into the afternoon with our highs making it up into the upper 50s.

Make sure you are bundled up tomorrow morning because temperatures are expected to be even colder than today! If you haven't already, you will want to bring in any outdoor plants and pets shouldn't be outside for too long. Highs will make it up into the low 60s with mainly clear skies.

These clear conditions will allow our morning temperatures to continue to stay very chilly so keep the coat around as we head into the weekend.

Relief is on the way and we will warm up as we get closer to next week when our highs will be back in the mid 70s. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK


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COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO


Amy Krosnick

Lee County, FL

"I'm really not comfortable unless it's 77 degrees. It's cold for me."

14:00:26

ABC7 IS FINDING WAYS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COLD - AND SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY BILL. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER HACKS-VO IN TOUCH


IT STARTS-- WITH YOUR THERMOSTAT.

L-C-E-C RECOMMENDS EVERYONE TURN THE DIAL DOWN TO 68 DEGRESS.

THEY SAY-- IT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT SETTING FOR THESE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

THE ENERGY COMPANY HAS SEEN MAJOR SPIKES IN THE COST OF ENERGY BECAUSE HOMEOWNERS HAVE DONE THE OPPOSITIE--AND CRANKED THE HEAT. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER HACKS-VO IN BAM


AT LEAST 38-PERCENT OF HEAT IS LOST THROUGH CRACKS IN YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS.

THAT ALL COULD BE FIXED--- WITH SEALANT OR PLASTIC WINDOW TREATMENT.

IF YOU DO NEED HEAT---

CONSIDER A SPACE HEATE.

L-C-E-C SAYS THEY REQUIRE FAR LESS ENERGY THAN YOUR HEATER. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER HACKS-SOT,VO


"The best thing to do is keep the heater off, bundle up, dress warm and use a space heater."

14:42:31

Karen Ryan

Public Relations, LCEC

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN EVEN MORE COST-EFFECTIVE OPTION--

SIMPLY CLEAN YOUR SOUTH FACING WINDOWS AND LET THEM REFLECT THE SUN TO HEAT YOUR HOME.

FOR MORE HELP, YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT ABC DASH SEVEN COM AND CLICK ON THIS STORY. Return to index of stories...


FLU SEASON-OC,SOT,VO


NOT ONLY ARE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BRACING FOR COLD WEATHER-- BUT ALSO -- FOR THE FLU.

HEALTH EXPERTS SAY THIS YEAR'S FLU -- IS SUPER CONTAGIOUS.

11:32;18 "We were all hacking away. Do a lot of people are feeling probably the same as I am.":24

ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-- LEE HEALTH HAS REPORTED 330 CONFIRMED FLU CASES IN THE LAST 3 DAYS.

LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME-- THAT NUMBER WAS 140. Return to index of stories...


FLU SEASON-SOT,VO


Dr. Marybeth Saunders

Lee Health, Epidemiology

11:27:40 "Cover your cough or your nose with a tissue when you sneeze and cough, and make sure that you dispose of those and wash your hands.":48

WHILE THE COLD WEATHER DOESN'T PLAY A ROLE IN WORSENING FLU SYMPTOMS, DOCTORS SAY IT COULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GATHER INSIDE -- ALLOWING GERMS TO SPREAD. Return to index of stories...


FLU SEASON-SOT,VO


Dr. Marybeth Saunders

Lee Health, Epidemiology

11:25:55 "But what it does is causes people to congregate inside. And then if you have a lot of people inside together, what happens is they're sharing their germs.":01

Dianne Hester

Fort Myers

11:33:57 "I didn't want to go around anybody now. You know you're afraid that you're going to be contagious.":01

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAS ABOUT 4 MORE MONTHS OF FLU SEASON.

DOCTORS SAY IT'S LONGER HERE BECAUSE OF SPRING BREAK VISITORS. Return to index of stories...


HEATING COLD POOL-VO IN OTS


IF YOUR POOL HEATER STOPPED WORKING AROUND THE TIME WHEN TEMPERATURES STARTED DROPPING --

IT'S PROBABLY NOT BROKEN.

LOCAL POOL EXPERTS TELL ABC-7 --

MANY ELECTRIC POOL PUMPS SHUT OFF WHEN THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DROPS BELOW 50 DEGREES.

WHEN IT'S WARM --

EXPERTS RECOMMEND YOU USE A POOL BLANKET TO TRAP THE HEAT --

AND KEEP YOUR WATER WARM ALL YEAR ROUND.

THAT DECISION COULD SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY --

INSTEAD OF TRYING TO HEAT UP A COLD POOL.

AND A POOL BLANKET WILL TYPICALLY COST YOU BETWEEN 100 AND 500 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


HEATING COLD POOL-SOT,VO


Adam Bechdel / Owner, "Penguin Pools"

5:20:44-:52

Keeping that pool blanket on at night and maintaining the temperature that's in a good range, you will definitely get more for your money.

A POOL BLANKET WILL TYPICALLY COST YOU BETWEEN 100 AND 500 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY-VO IN TOUCH


ABC7 IS CONTINUING TO TRACK BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ALL OVER THE NORTHEAST --

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LIVE STREAM FROM MANHATTAN --

THIS IS *SUPPOSED TO BE THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE!

YOU CAN JUST BARELY MAKE OUT THE BRIDGE HERE --

AND A FEW BRAVE TRAVELERS DRIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS.

RIGHT NOW IT'S 22 DEGREES -- FEELS LIKE 9 WITH THE WIND CHILL!

WINDS ARE GUSTING AT 25 MPH --

HEAVY SNOW ON THIS CAMERA --

THEY'RE EXPECTING MORE THAN A FOOT IN SOME AREAS. Return to index of stories...


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COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS


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 THREE


PREPARING CROPS FOR COLD CONDITIONS.

WHAT LOCAL FARMERS ARE DOING TO KEEP THE GROVES ALIVE.

PLUS---- IGUANAS ARE EVERYWHERE---

AND NOW--- THEY COULD BE HAZARD DURING THIS COLD WEATHER Return to index of stories...


1) PINE ISLAND CROPS-VO-WIPE


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2) GET MORE: IGUANAS-VOTOPS


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WEATHER BUMP-LIVE


THIS IS A LIVE LOOK FROM BOSTON

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COLD BLAST-CLIP


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PINE ISLAND CROPS-OC,VO


IF YOU ARE A HEALTH FOOD ENTHUSIAST--

THIS COLD WEATHER--

COULD AFFECT YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE MARKET.

SOME GROWERS ON PINE ISLAND ARE ANTICIPATING THE COLD TEMPERATURES MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON PRODUCE SUPPLIES.

BUT FOR "SPROUT QUEEN" CHRISTINE LINDSEY---

SHE'S MOVING HER PLANTS INSIDE AND UNDER HEAT LAMPS.

THEY ARE MUCH MORE AT RISK IN THE BELOW 40 TEMPERATURES.

HER PLANTS ARE MOSTLY MICRO-GREENS SHE DELIVERS TO CUSTOMERS HOMES.

THE SPROUTS PROVIDE SPECIFIC HEALTH BENEFITS TO PATIENTS WITH ILLNESSES AND AILMENTS LIKE CANCER AND VARIOUS TUMORS. Return to index of stories...


PINE ISLAND CROPS-SOT,VO


Christine Lindsey

Vice President | Pine Island Botanicals

00:08:08***

Trying to prepare our farm as much as possible we've already been

through Irma we made it OK, now we're how to make it through this cold

and hopefully will be ok

CHRISTINE'S SPROUTS ARE GROWN AT PINE ISLAND BOTANICALS.

THEIR PRODUCTS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO BE ON SALE AT THE CENTENNIAL PARK

FARMERS MARKET LATER TODAY. Return to index of stories...


TOMATO FARMS-OC,VO


FOR THE TOMATOES GROWING OUTSIDE- LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE DOING OKAY SO FAR.

TOMATO FARMERS TELL US IT TAKES SEVERAL CONSECUTIVE HOURS BELOW FREEZING TO REALLY HURT THE CROP.

WE WENT TO THE "U PICK YOUR OWN" TOMATO FARM OFF GLADIOLUS--

WHERE THEY GET A LITTLE HELP FROM THE AIR NEAR THE GULF OF MEXICO.

THEY TELL US THIS WEEK SHOULDN'T BE MUCH OF A PROBLEM.

THEY'RE MOVING AHEAD WITH BUSINESS AS USUAL. Return to index of stories...


TOMATO FARMS-SOT,VO


SOT

SANDY BIGGAR, BIGGAR FARMS

144028 when the weather warms up I'll have a lot of tomatoes i hope

144048 if it went down to 30 degrees it would be a problem, 33 is not a problem

THEY DO EXPECT THE TOMATOES TO TAKE SOME EXTRA TIME TO RIPEN--

BUT IT WON'T CHANGE THE FLAVOR. Return to index of stories...


CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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STOLEN PIGS-OC,VO


LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES A BUST IN BUCKINGHAM.

THE CONTENTS? HAM---HUNDRED OF POUNDS OF STOLEN, FROZEN HOGS.

THE PIGS CAME FROM OUT OF STATE AND WERE WORTH ALMOST THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.

TUESDAY MORNING SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES RECEIVED AN ANONYMOUS TIP SOMEONE WOULD BE MOVING A LARGE TRAILER FULL OF STOLEN MEAT FROM DELICIAS FARMS IN BUCKINGHAM.

AUTHORITIES QUICKLY FOLLOWED UP AND BUSTED ONIL RIVAS PEREZ LEAVING THE GATES HAULING HUNDREDS OF FROZEN HOGS.

IN ALL HE HAD 85 BOXED PIGS SOMEONE REPORTED STOLEN FROM GEORGIA IN SEPTEMBER.

DEPUTIES CHARGED ONIL PEREZ WITH DEALING IN STOLEN PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FOUR


BLUE TARPS --

STILL BLANKET ROOFS IN THE ISLAND PARK COMMUNITY---

MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.

NEXT-- HOW NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS COLD SNAP.

ABC7 IS STILL MONITORING THOSE CRAZY CONDITIONS UP NORTH.

NEXT--- WE GET YOU MORE ON THE "BOMB CYCLONE"--

THAT COULD BRING HURRICANE FORCE WINDS!

THE NAPLES ZOO ANIMALS ARE PREPARED FOR THE COLD WEATHER.

LATER--

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO KEEP AN ENTIRE ZOO SAFE FROM THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER-WX CTR


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1) ISLAND PARK PREPS-VO-WIPE


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2) NATIONAL WEATHER-VO IN TOUCH


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3) NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS


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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 MOVING HIGHER.

THE DOW IS CLOSE TO HITTING 25,000 POINTS.

TESLA SHARES ARE FACING SOME PRESSURE THIS MORNING.

TESLA SAID ON WEDNESDAY IT'S STILL *WAY BEHIND ON ITS MODEL 3 PRODUCTION GOALS, PRODUCING JUST 2,425 OF THE SEDANS OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS.

CRUDE OIL PRICES ARE CURRENTLY SURGING TO TRADE AROUND $62 PER BARREL, A LEVEL NOT SEEN SINCE LATE 2014. Return to index of stories...


COLD BLAST-CLIP


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TRACKING THE COLD-WX CTR


A very chilly morning here in SWFL with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Most places this morning feeling like they are close to freezing when you factor in the wind chill. Expect a cold and breezy day even as we get into the afternoon with our highs making it up into the upper 50s.

Make sure you are bundled up tomorrow morning because temperatures are expected to be even colder than today! If you haven't already, you will want to bring in any outdoor plants and pets shouldn't be outside for too long. Highs will make it up into the low 60s with mainly clear skies.

These clear conditions will allow our morning temperatures to continue to stay very chilly so keep the coat around as we head into the weekend.

Relief is on the way and we will warm up as we get closer to next week when our highs will be back in the mid 70s. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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LOCAL COLD WEATHER-SOTTOPS


11:50:18

The cold is coming. People are just trying to keep warm,

"I'm really not comfortable unless it's 77 degrees. It's cold for me."

14:00:26

51:52 we've been sitting at home in the condo with iPhones and iPads they've vegging out a bit and this is much better to get some oxygen through the system 52:01 Return to index of stories...


ISLAND PARK PREPS-VO, VO IN BAM


MIXED REACTIONS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--- WHEN IT COMES TO THE COLD.

BUT--- FOR ON COMMUNITY---

THEY ARE DEALING WITH A TRIPLE WHAMMY.

THOSE LIVING IN ISLAD PARK WENT THROUGH SERIOUS FLOODING IN AUGUST---

THEN IRMA.

NOW--- WINDS AND COLD---

ALL WHILE THEY ARE STILL REPAIRING ROOFS AND HOMES.

MANY--- STILL COVERED WITH BLUE TARPS.

KEEPING WARM AND STRONGER WINDS ARE NOW A CONCERN AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP.

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ISLAND PARK PREPS-SOT,VO


Laura Lenartowicz- Royal Woods resident

11:49:56

The roofs, they're not working on the roofs. I don't know why, we need to get people in here to help

:15-:30 Robert Barnhart- lee county

11:50:49

There's a lot of homes in this community that are under the same conditions that are unlivable

HOMEOWNERS TELL ABC7 THE REBUILDING PROCESS HAS BEEN SLOW- AS THE CONTINUE TO WAIT PATIENTLY FOR INSURANCE CHECKS TO HELP MOVE FORWARD WITH REPAIRS. Return to index of stories...


FWC MONITORING MANATTEES, TURTLES-SQBOX


F-W-C IS MONITORING BOTH SEA TURTLES AND MANATEES DURING THIS COLD SNAP.

FOR MANATEES --

WHEN TEMPERATURES DROP TOO LOW--

THEY CAN DIE.

SO THEY GATHER IN THE WINTER IN WARMER WATERS.

FWC ASKS THAT BOATERS BE EXTRA VIGILANT IN WATCHING FOR MANATEES IN SHALLOW WATERS. Return to index of stories...


SEA TURTLE RESCUES-WIPE-VOTOPS


THE GULF WORLD MARINE INSTITUTE IN FLORIDA IS RESCUING SEA TURTLES -- STUNNED BY COLD WEATHER.

STAFF MEMBERS THERE TELL US WHEN WATER IN SHALLOW BAYS AND ESTUARIES DROPS BELOW 50 DEGREES, SEA TURTLES GO INTO SHOCK.

THEY EXPECT TO TAG AND RELEASE THE MAJORITY OF THEM INTO THE GULF'S WARMER WATER AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. Return to index of stories...


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YOU ALSO WANT TO THINK ABOUT--

IGUANAS.

THEY LOVE SOUTH FLORIDA--

BUT NOT THE COLD.

FLORIDA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS ARE NOW WARNING FLORIDIANS--

ABOUT FALLING IGUANAS.

WHEN IT GETS TOO CHILLY--

THE COLD BLOODED ANIMALS BECOME SLUGGISH OR PARALYZED.

THAT MEANS--

THEY COULD RANDOMLY FALL OUT OF TREES. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK


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SOUTH CAROLINA SNOWBOARDER-VOTOPS


IN SOUTH CAROLINA--- THEY SAW QUITE A FEW INCHES OF SNOW.

THIS VIDEO IS FROM CHARLESTON.

AS YOU CAN SEE-- THIS HAPPY PUP HELPED A SNOWBOARDER DOWN THE ROAD. Return to index of stories...


SOUTH CAROLINA TUBER-WIPE-VOTOPS


AND IN NORTH CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA---

PEOPLE ENJOYED THE SNOW BY BEING PULLED BY TRUCK IN A TUBE! Return to index of stories...


TVBOX PLOW-WIPE-VOTOPS


AND JUST OUTSIDE OF HARRISBURG, PENNSLYVANIA--

ONE MAN GOT CREATIVE -- CLEARING HIS SNOW-COVERED DRIVEWAY.

JONATHAN SCHILL ATTACHED A GIANT CARDBOARD T-V BOX TO HIS LAWN MOWER TO CREATE A SNOW PLOW. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-SOT,VO


WinterStormGovSC - it's cold, cold, cold, and it's gonna stay cold, so that means stay indoors/

WE ARE SEEING HOW DANGEROUS THOSE ICY-- SLIPPERY ROADS CAN BE THIS MORNING.

IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG FOR THEM TO CAUSE SOME ACCIDENTS. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-VO IN BAM


IN GEORGIA THIS MORNING---

ICE COULD BE TO BLAME FOR A TRAIN DERAILMENT.

3-HUNDRED PASSENGERS WERE GOING FROM MIAMI TO NEW YORK--

WHEN THE TRAIN DERAILED IN SAVANNAH.

THIS MORNING AMTRAK SAYS FROZEN SWITCHES ON THE RAIL LINE MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE.

BUT FARTHER UP NORTH--A "BOMB CYCLONE" IS HITTING RIGHT NOW--CAUSING WHITE OUT CONDITIONS.

YON POMRENZE REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-PKG


FROM FLORIDA TO MAINE -- MORE THAN 60 MILLION AMERICANS ARE FACING THE THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER.

MOS: It's amazing. I've never seen this much snow here.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, GOT IT'S FIRST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL SINCE 1989 -- NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA GOT MORE THAN FIVE INCHES OF SNOW.

EVERY EAST COAST STATE FROM MAINE TO FLORIDA IS UNDER SOME TYPE OF WINTER STORM WATCH, OR WARNING, AND METEOROLOGISTS EXPECT IT TO STAY THAT WAY FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. AUTHORITIES ARE URGING RESIDENTS TO STAY INSIDE.

Deputy Chief Russell Wells / Jasper Co. Emergency Services: If you don't have a reason to be out, don't be out.

THE NORTHEAST MAY SEE SIX TO TWELVE INCHES OF SNOW, ALONG WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS TODAY, THANKS TO A "BOMBOGENESIS," OR AREA OF RAPIDLY DECLINING LOW AIR PRESSURE. IN FACT, SOME AREAS COULD SEE WIND SPEEDS HIGHER THAN HURRICANE SANDY.

MOS: You always worry when there's a lot of wind blowing that the trees are going to come down.

Kathryn Garcia / NYC Sanitation Commissioner: We're going to have exceptionally strong winds, so anything that is falling in these cold temperatures is likely to blow around and drift.

BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST WILL BE COLDER THAN MARS.

Herman Schaffer / NYC Emergency Management Assistant Commissioner: It's going to be incredibly low temperatures, it is going to get lower after the storm, so this weekend is going to be incredibly cold. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER-OC


YON POMRENZE REPORTING.

LETS BRING IN FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART -- WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT WEATHER ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE CLIP-CLIP NOT TRACKED


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GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER-WX CTR


LETS SEND IT OVER TO EMILY BURRIS NOW---

WITH A LIVE LOOK FROM TIME SQUARE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY NYC-NAVI IN TOUCH


HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT TIMES SQUARE COMPARED TO JUST A FEW HOURS AGO -- Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY NYC-VOTOPS


THIS WAS THAT SAME SHOT ABOUT 4 HOURS EARLIER --

YOU CAN SEE NOW STARTING TO ACCUMULATE -- Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-OC,SS


BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR---

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 OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


TRUMP BANNON FEUD-OC,VO


PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LAWYER IS HOPING TO SILENCE FORMER TOP AIDE STEVE BANNON, DEMANDING--

HE STOP BASHING THE FIRST FAMILY.

THIS COMES AFTER BANNON WAS QUOTED IN MICHAEL WOLFF'S NEW BOOK--"FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE" --

SAYING DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR MAY HAVE COMMITTED TREASON.

BANNON IS ALSO QUOTED SAYING THE NOW-INFAMOUS TRUMP TOWER MEETING BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP JR., JARED KUSHNER, CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT AND A RUSSIAN LAWYER WAS "TREASONOUS."

THE WHITE HOUSE DISMISSED THIS AS 'TRASHY TABLOID FICTION.' Return to index of stories...


VACATION RENTAL LEGISLATION-OC,VO,OC


SOME BIG CHANGES COULD BE LOOMING FOR VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN 2018.

NEW LEGISLATION WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THIS YEAR'S SESSION AIMED AT CHANGING WHO CAN REGULATE THOSE PROPERTIES.

IF THE *FLORIDA VACATION RENTAL ACT IS PASSED--

THE STATE WOULD HAVE THAT POWER.

ON FORT MYERS BEACH FOR EXAMPLE -- THE TOWN COUNCIL HAS THAT POWER.

THESE RENTAL PROPERTIES CREATE CONCERNS AMONG THOSE WHO LIVE NEAR THEM.

SOME THOSE PROBLEMS INCLUDE--

NOISE COMPLAINTS--

PARKING CONCERNS--

AND DECREASED PROPERTY VALUES OF HOMES SURROUNDING BY RENTAL PROPERTIES.

THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES CAN WORK TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS.

THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 9TH. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE FIVE


LOCAL ZOOS - PREPARING ANIAMALS FOR THE COLD.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO PREP AN ENTIRE ZOO FOR FREEZING TEMPERATURES. Return to index of stories...


1) NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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


CRIMEWATCH PROMO-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.A very chilly morning here in SWFL with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Most places this morning feeling like they are close to freezing when you factor in the wind chill. Expect a cold and breezy day even as we get into the afternoon with our highs making it up into the upper 50s.

Make sure you are bundled up tomorrow morning because temperatures are expected to be even colder than today! If you haven't already, you will want to bring in any outdoor plants and pets shouldn't be outside for too long. Highs will make it up into the low 60s with mainly clear skies.

These clear conditions will allow our morning temperatures to continue to stay very chilly so keep the coat around as we head into the weekend.

Relief is on the way and we will warm up as we get closer to next week when our highs will be back in the mid 70s. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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FOCUS ON EATING RIGHT-2SHOT, TURN CAM 6 LIVE IN BA


EACH YEAR--

THE TOP NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS INCLUDE LOSING WEIGHT.

BUT WHAT IF YOU JUST FOCUSED ON EATING RIGHT, NOT LESS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

GETTING YOU MORE THIS MORNING ARE CHEF AND HEALTH COACH JENNIFER ISERLOH , AND NUTRITIONIST AND AUTHOR COLETTE HEIMOWITZ.

THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US TODAY!

****COLETTE – WHY DO SO MANY OF US HAVE A HARD TIME STICKING WITH NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO LOSE WEIGHT? Return to index of stories...


FOCUS ON EATING RIGHT-SQBOX, CG(2)


***JENNIFER-- WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GO TO LOW CARB RECIPES?

***TODAY, NEARLY 3 OUT OF 4 ADULTS ARE MANAGING THEIR CARB INTAKE AND FOLLOWING A LOW-CARB Low Sugar LIFESTYLE – COLETTE, WHY IS A LOW-CARB APPROACH SO POPULAR?

***JENNIFER – WHERE CAN WE LEARN MORE ABOUT A LOW-CARB LIFESTYLE TO HELP JUMPSTART OUR NEW YEAR? Return to index of stories...


1) Unhealthy Food-vo


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2) Binge Eating-vo


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3) Healthy Snacks-vo


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COLD BLAST-CLIP


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NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-OC,VO


WHEN IT COMES TO COLD WEATHER--

WE TALK A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE--

PLANTS--- AND PIPES.

BUT NOW--- WE ARE FOCUSING ON PETS.

AT THE NAPLES ZOO---

ZOOKEEPRS ARE GETTING THE ANIMALS READY FOR THE COLD NIGHTS.

KEPPERS HAVE BEEN ADDING HAY TO SLEEPING AREAS FOR THE ANIMALS---

AS WELL AS TURNING ON SPACE HEATERS AND HEAT LAMPS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES ZOO COLD WEATHER-SOT,VO


DR. LIZZY ARNETT-CHINN, NAPLES ZOO

12:58

Every animal that comes here, we know what their optimum temperature are and depending on how cold it gets, depends on how we manage them. 13:03 tz

THOUGH SOME EXHIBITS ARE CLOSED--

MANY OF THE ANIMALS ARE STILL OUT AND ABOUT.

SOME-- LIKE TIGERS AND LIONS-- ACTUALLY TEND TO BE MORE ACTIVE IN COOLER TEMPERATURES Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: PETS-OC


AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT FIDO!

YOU MIGHT NEED TO SHORTEN YOUR DOG'S WALKS IN COLD WEATHER.

OR MAYBE DRESS THEM UP IN A SWEATER OR COAT.

SHORT-HAIRED PETS FEEL THE COLD FASTER BECAUSE THEY HAVE LESS PROTECTION.

AND SOME THINK DOGS AND CATS ARE RESISTANT TO COLD WEATHER BECAUSE OF THEIR FUR, BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE.

CATS AND DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT INSIDE WHEN IT'S COLD OUT. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: EMILY


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NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE SIX


52:19 it's a great place to come to when the weather is a bit not that great isn't it 23

51:21 you can try to climb up a wall I think there's dodgeball 24

WITH A FEW CHILLY DAYS LEFT OF WINTER BREAK---

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1) KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO


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THE VIEW PROMO-SOTTOPS


THE VIEW PROMO Return to index of stories...


PARENTING ALERT-CLIP


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KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO


10:41 we came to the loudest place we could find 43

51:34 I'm having lots of fun 36

WITH CHILLY TEMPS AND BREAK FROM SCHOOL---

SOME SOUTHWEST FLORIDA KIDS-----

HAVE CABIN FEVER. Return to index of stories...


KEEPING KIDS BUSY-VO IN BAM


PLACES LIKE TRAMPOLINE PARKS AND BOWLING ALLEYS ARE FILLED TO THE BRIM.

EMPLOYEES SAY--- THEY ARE ALMOST AT CAPACITY.

CLASSES AT LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS DON'T GO BACK UNTIL NEXT WEEK.

WITH TEMPERATURES CONTINUING TO BE PRETTY COLD THE REST OF THE WEEK--

PARENTS--- ARE GETTING DESPERATE. Return to index of stories...


KEEPING KIDS BUSY-SOT,VO


Michelle Kavanaugh

10:15 we've spent the last couple days in the house watching movies and playing games and we needed to get out of the house 21

BOTH SKYZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK AND HEADPINZ ENTERTAINMENT CENTER TOLD ABC7 THEY WERE CLOSE TO CAPACITY--URGING PARENTS TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME IF THEY PLAN TO VISIT. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS 1) CITRUS PREPARATIONS-VOTOPS


RIGHT NOW --

FARMERS ARE TAKING EVERY STEP THEY CAN TO PROTECT THEIR GROVES.

THEY'RE USING MICROJETS TO SPRAY WARM MIST FROM GROUNDWATER AROUND THE TREES --

FORMING A WARMING BLANKET AND HELPING FEND OFF FROST.

FARMERS SAY A SHORT SNAP OF COLD WEATHER CAN ACTUALLY HELP MAKE FRUIT SWEETER AND RIPEN FASTER. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) PINE ISLAND CROP ISSUES-VOTOPS


THIS COLD WEATHER COULD AFFECT YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE MARKET.

GROWERS ON PINE ISLAND BELIEVE THIS COOLER WEATHER WILL EFFECT THEIR PRODUCE SUPPLIES.

TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS ARE HOPING FOR WIND TO KEEP THE AIR MOVING.

SOME GROWERS ARE MOVING THEIR PLANTS INSIDE UNDER HEAT LAMPS.

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE MUCH MORE AT RISK IN THE BELOW 40 TEMPERATURES. Return to index of stories...


TS 4) CARS AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


THIS "FLORIDA FREEZE"--

COULD KILL YOUR CAR BATTERY.

MECHANICS SAY OUR CARS ARE NOT USED TO THIS WEATHER.

WHEN THE COLD WEATHER COMES -- THE FIRST THING TO GO ARE WEAK BATTERIES.

THE CHILLY TEMPERATURES MAY ALSO CAUSE YOU TO LOSE AIR IN YOUR TIRES.

EVEN IF THEY DON'T GO FLAT --

THEY COULD COST YOU SOME MILEAGE. Return to index of stories...


TS 5) SHELTERS-VOTOPS


SHELTERS ARE OPENING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

SAINT MATTHEW'S HOUSE IS WORKING AS A WARMING CENTER IN NAPLES.

USUALLY-- THEY FEED ABOUT 60 PEOPLE EACH MEAL.

BUT THIS WEEK-- THEY'RE PREPARING TO SERVE 90 PEOPLE FOR EACH MEAL AS IT GETS COLDER.

THE COLD WEATHER SHELTERS WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY THAT THE TEMPERATURE IS FORECASTED TO BE 55 DEGREES OR BELOW. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-SSTOPS


AS 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...


FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX


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CLOSE-3 SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE

please be sure to tease our next newscast

JOIN US FOR ABC 7 NEWS AT 6, RIGHT AFTER INSIDER.

REMEMBER YOU CAN GET ALL OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES, BREAKING NEWS AND YOUR PRECISION FORECAST ON ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...