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4:30 AM OPEN-CLIP 5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VO
HEADLINES HALF HOUR 5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-SOT
HL1) NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-VO-WIPE 5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-LIVE-TVU2
HL2) BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-VO-WIPE COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
HL3) RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS TEASE TWO
4AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-ON CAM TZ 2A) FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-VOTOPS
4AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-OC-VO
CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-SOTVO
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS
NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-2 SHOT CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1
NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-PKG TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP TOSS TO BRITTANY-ON CAM
BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-OC-VO TOSS TO BRITTANY-BOXES
BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-SOTVO WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-LIVE
4AM: RED TIDE AND FISH-OC-VO WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-VO
4AM: FL TRAVELERS STRANDED AT AIRPORT-OC-VO WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-SOT
4AM: FL TRAVELERS STRANDED AT AIRPORT-SOTVO WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-LIVE
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
LAKE O REDUCTIONS-OC-VO EMILY GETS US MORE-TOSS TO EMILY
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP EMILY GETS US MORE-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL
4AM: TRUMP LATEST-ON CAM EMILY GETS US MORE-NAVI IN TOUCH
4AM: TRUMP LATEST-PKG COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
4AM: TRUMP LATEST-ON CAM TEASE THREE
4AM: OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO TZ 3A) FROZEN IGUANAS-VOTOPS
4AM: RUBIO AND SCOTT RESPONSE-KEY TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP FROZEN IGUANAS-2 SHOT W BAM - VO IN BAM
ROY MOORE ACCUSER-KEY FROZEN IGUANAS-PKG
MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT CHANGE-OC-VO FROZEN IGUANAS-ON CAM
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
CLAIRE'S ASBESTOS-OC-VO NFM LOTTO FRENZY-OC-VO
BONITA AGREEMENT UPDATE-OC-VO NFM LOTTO FRENZY-SOTVO
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
TAX FILINGS ACCEPTED-OC-VO HEADLINES HALF HOUR
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP HL1) NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-VO-WIPE
TEASE FIVE HL2) BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-VO-WIPE
TZ 5A) PLANTS AT RISK-VOTOPS HL3) RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS
TZ 5B) NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-VOTOPS BUMP TO BREAK-CLIP
WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS 5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS
CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX CTR 5AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-DISS-2SHT
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP 5AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES
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4AM: PLANTS AT RISK-PKG bottom right: chris lovingood bobblehead-vo
4AM: PLANTS AT RISK-ON CAM TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-OC-VO CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1
NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-SOTVO-OC 5AM: GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER BREAK OUT-BOXES-WX
4AM: CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
4AM: KMART CLOSING STORES-OC-VO NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-2 SHOT
4AM: MACY'S CLOSING STORES-WIPE-VOTOPS NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-PKG
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP 5AM: EMILY GETS US MORE-OC TOSS
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP 5AM: EMILY GETS US MORE-VO IN TOUCH, VOTOPS
TEASE SIX TOSS TO CHRIS-ON CAM
TZ 6A) COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-VOTOPS TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP RED TIDE AND THE COLD STRAIGHT LIVE-LIVE-TVU2
4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-SQBX TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-PKG BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-OC-VO
4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-ON CAM BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-SOTVO
FORECAST OPEN-CLIP NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR LAKE O REDUCTIONS-OC-VO
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-OC-VO 5AM: TRUMP LATEST-OC-VO
COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-SOTVO 5AM: TRUMP LATEST-SOTVO-OC
GET MORE: ISLAND PARK COMMUNITY-OC-VO ROY MOORE ACCUSER-KEY
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT CHANGE-OC-VO
4AM: FL TEEN DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY-OC-VO NEWS UPDATE-CLIP
4AM: ECOLI OUTBREAK-OC-VO CLAIRE'S ASBESTOS-OC-VO
NEXT AT 5-CLIP BONITA AGREEMENT UPDATE-OC-VO
1) CITRUS GROWERS-VOTOPS NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
2) MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-VOTOPS TAX FILINGS ACCEPTED-OC-VO
BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP FROZEN SEA WALLS-OC-VO
5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS FROZEN SEA WALLS-SOTVO-OC
GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-2 SH PUSH COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES TEASE FIVE
top left: cody murphy bobblehead-vo TZ 5A) PLANTS AT RISK-VOTOPS
bottom left: chris lovingood bobblehead-vo TZ 5B) NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-VOTOPS
bottom right: brittany weiner bobblehead-vo TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH
CITRUS GROWERS-OC-VO WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS
CITRUS GROWERS-SOTVO CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1
MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-OC-VO TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-SOTVO 5AM: TOSS TO BRITTANY-ON CAM
FEELING COLD WEATHER-OC-VO 5AM: TOSS TO BRITTANY-BOXES
FEELING COLD WEATHER-SOTVO 5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-LIVE
COLD WEATHER MYTHS-OC-VO 5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-VO
COLD WEATHER MYTHS-SOTVO 5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-SOT
COLLIER TOURISM AND THE COLD-OC-VO 5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-LIVE
COLLIER TOURISM AND THE COLD-SOTVO NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-OC-VO
COLD AFFECTING BUSINESSES-OC-VO NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-SOTVO-OC
COLD AFFECTING BUSINESSES-SOTVO 4AM: CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP
GET MORE: FIRE INDEX-2 SHOT 4AM: KMART CLOSING STORES-OC-VO
GET MORE: FIRE INDEX-WX CTR 4AM: MACY'S CLOSING STORES-WIPE-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1 TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
COLD BLAST-CLIP TEASE SIX
NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-OC-VO TZ 6A) COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-VOTOPS
NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-SOTVO TECH BYTES-PKG
EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-NAVI IN TOUCH TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-NAVI FULL PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH
EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-LYNX2 IN TOUCH FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1
TEASE ONE TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
TZ 1A) 5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-OC-VO
TZ 1B) FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-VOTOPS COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-SOTVO
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP GET MORE: ISLAND PARK COMMUNITY-OC-VO
MISSING BOATERS-OC-VO NEWS AT 6-CLIP
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP 1) TEAM COVERAGE TEASE-2SHOT
5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-2 SHOT 2) CITRUS CARE-VO
5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP
5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-LIVE-TVU2  


4:30 AM OPEN-CLIP


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HEADLINES HALF HOUR


WINTER WEATHER --

STILL ROCKING MANY STATES IN THE NORTH EAST.

THIS MORNING --

A-B-C-7 IS TAKING YOU TO SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS.

BRUSH FIRE SEASON IS EXPECTED TO BE A BIG ONE HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WHY THE COLDER WEATHER IS NOT HELPING THE ALREADY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.

FISHERMEN SAY THE COLD TEMPS ARE HELPING THEIR FRESH WATER CATCHES.

HOW RED TIDE IS AFFECTING THE DAILY GRABS. Return to index of stories...


HL1) NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-VO-WIPE


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HL2) BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-VO-WIPE


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HL3) RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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4AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-ON CAM


RIGHT NOW MANY ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT WILL BE ONE OF THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE WEEK.

MOST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS UNDER A FREEZE WARNING. Return to index of stories...


4AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES


THIS MORNING WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE ALL ACROSS THE AREA.

GETTING YOU MORE ON HOW YOU CAN STAY PROTECTED THROUGH THIS COLD SNAP.

OUR TEAM COVERAGE BEGINS WITH FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART --

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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR


Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-2 SHOT


THE COLDEST ARCTIC AIR OF THE SEASON IS MOVING IN BEHIND THE MAJOR NOR'EASTER THAT'S HAMMERING THE EAST COAST.

IT'S BRINGING DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FROM VIRGINIA TO MAINE --

AND FLOODING PARTS OF DOWNTOWN BOSTON.

THE MASSIVE SNOW FALL HAS CLOSED SCHOOLS --

WORKPLACES AND AIRPORTS.

A-B-C'S LYNDA LOPEZ HAS MORE ON THE WINTER STORM THAT'S NOW KILLED SIX PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-PKG


OVERNIGHT, HIGH WATER-

BLASTING THROUGH A SEAWALL SOUTH OF BOSTON.

NATS

floods/rusing water

MANY CALLING IT THE MOST FEROCIOUS STORM SURGE IN DECADES.

SOT

i was schocked how quickly the water rose.

RESCUERS PULLING MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE TO SAFETY. AFTER WATER SURROUNDED THEIR HOMES.

SOT

I am fine, the house flooded over. propane tank flipped over. small fire in the house.

ONE WOMAN. SAVED FROM THE SECOND STORY OF HER HOUSE. BY A FRONT-END LOADER!

NATS

flood water

IN BOSTON. THE HIGH TIDE FLOODING STREETS.

A FIRE TRUCK. DRIVING THROUGH DEEP WATER.

A LOCAL SUBWAY STATION. FLOODING. WATER. POURING DOWN THE STAIRS.

AND A DUMPSTER. FLOATING DOWN BOSTON'S HISTORIC FORT-POINT NEIGHBORHOOD

SOT

it's hard to believe. this was the biggest since i was a kid in 1978.

IN NEW YORK CITY - A COAST GUARD CUTTER WAS NEEDED TO BREAK UP THE ICE IN THE HUDSON RIVER.

FARTHER SOUTH, THE STORM. BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 6 DEATHS- MOST FROM SLICK ROADS.

NATS airprots WxOrlandoDelaysFL

THE STORM AND BITTER COLD CAUSING MAJOR DISRUPTIONS AT AIRPORTS.

SOT

WxOrlandoDelaysFL

Madison Kenyon/Traveler

"We had a flight back to New York and now it's canceled, so we're stuck here another day."

NEW YORK'S J-F-K REOPENED THIS MORNING. AFTER SUSPENDING MORE THAN THREE-THOUSAND FLIGHTS.

AND THIS RARE SITE IN ORLANDO: A PLANE GETTING DE-ICED!

IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE COLD CRIPPLING NATIVE GREEN IGUANAS. LITERALLY!!

THEIR LIMBS STIFFENING UP FROM THE CHILL. CAUSING THEM TO FALL FROM TREES.

AND IN MARYLAND. THESE SURFERS MAKING THE BEST OF IT ALL. HANGING TEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLIZZARD! Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-OC-VO


THE COLD DRY AIR IS ADDING TO AN ALREADY WORRISOME BRUSHFIRE SEASON.

THURSDAY MARKS ANOTHER DAY FLORIDA FORESTRY ADVISED AGAINST BURNING.

A BRUSH FIRE SPARKED ALONG THREE OAKS PARKWAY THURSDAY MORNING --

SCORCHING TWO ACRES OF TREES.

FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO GET THE FLAMES UNDER CONTROL WITHIN JUST A COUPLE HOURS --

DESPITE HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS FUELING THE FIRE AND BLOCKING ACCESS POINTS. Return to index of stories...


BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-SOTVO


Alexis Rothring San Carlos park fire

000158 we are able to get out there but we have to think about those extra steps were going to have to take this year

***BUTTED TO***

Samantha Quinn Florida forestry

001432 with the cold front it caused a lot of the vegutation we did have on the ground to dry out even more so

EXTRA DEBRIS AND COLD DRY MAKING FOR A TOUGH START TO THE BUSY FIRE SEASON.

THE CAUSE OF YESTERDAY MORNING'S BRUSH FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


4AM: RED TIDE AND FISH-OC-VO


LEE COUNTY FISHERMEN SAY THEY LOVE THESE COLD TEMPERATURES.

IT HELPS THEM CATCH FRESH FISH.

BUT RED TIDE IS THREATENING THAT.

EARLIER THIS WEEK --

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONFIRMED HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF RED TIDE IN ELEVEN SAMPLES TAKEN.

THOSE CAME FROM LEE COUNTY.

LOCAL FISH MARKETS ARE TAKING NOTICE.

SHELLFISH THEY SELL ARE WHERE THE RED TIDE IS.

THAT MEANS EATING IT COULD MAKE *YOU SICK.

BUT THERE'S A SILVER LINING.

THESE COOL CONDITIONS TO CATCH FRESH FISH MEANS LARGER HAULS FOR FISHERMEN. Return to index of stories...


4AM: FL TRAVELERS STRANDED AT AIRPORT-OC-VO


THE WINTER STORM HAS AIRLINE PASSENGERS STRANDED IN ORLANDO.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE STRANDED INSIDE THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT --

KILLING TIME HOWEVER POSSIBLE.

IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE WINTER WEATHER.

ONE MAN GOT BAD NEWS HIS FLIGHT WAS CANCELED RIGHT AS HE WAS PULLING IN TO DROP OFF HIS RENTAL CAR.

A WINTER STORM IN CENTRAL FLORIDA HAS AIRLINE PASSENGERS STRANDED IN ORLANDO.

CLAY LEPARD REPORTS.

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IT'S A WAITING GAME FOR PEOPLE LIKE MIKE APONTE.

Mike Aponte, Massachusetts Resident:

"It's frustrating - we have to find a way to get back home and a place to stay."

HE ENJOYED GOING TO THE CITRUS BOWL, BUT NOW HE'S ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE INSIDE THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - KILLING TIME HOWEVER POSSIBLE.

IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THAT WINTER WEATHER.

AS THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR THEIR FLIGHTS, WHENEVER THOSE END UP HAPPENING.

Mike Aponte, Massachusetts Resident:

"Last I saw, the next available flight was sunday. I don't know, cross my fingers."

TOM SATURNO GOT THE BAD NEWS HIS FLIGHT WAS CANCELED. RIGHT AS HE WAS PULLING IN TO DROP OFF HIS RENTAL CAR.

Tom Saturno, Philadelphia Resident:

"When we got in, there was a very big line of people - it looked like it was an hour or so of people trying to make new reservations, people already sleeping on airport floors. It was a mess."

THE DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SERVICE HERE AT THE AIRPORT IS REMINDING EVERYONE TO KEEP CHECKING THOSE FLIGHTS STATUSES - AND TO BE EXTRA PATIENT.

Brian Engle, Orlando International Airport:

"It's early, the storm is still ongoing , and things change and make sure you check with your airline before you even get here."

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AT LEAST 150 ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED ON THURSDAY DUE TO THE WINTER WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


4AM: FL TRAVELERS STRANDED AT AIRPORT-SOTVO


Tom Saturno, Philadelphia Resident:

"When we got in, there was a very big line of people - it looked like it was an hour or so of people trying to make new reservations, people already sleeping on airport floors. It was a mess."

AT LEAST 1-HUNDRED AND 50 ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED ON THURSDAY DUE TO THE WINTER WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


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LAKE O REDUCTIONS-OC-VO


STARTING TODAY --

THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL REDUCE DISCHARGES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNS DRY SEASON IS APPROACHING.

RIGHT NOW THE LAKE IS JUST OVER 15 FEET.

AFTER IRMA--

IT WAS MORE THAN 16 FEET.

THE ENGINEERS ARE IN THEIR THIRD WEEK OF THEIR TRANSISTION PLAN TO REDUCE FLOWS TO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE TO DRY SEASON LEVELS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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4AM: TRUMP LATEST-ON CAM


PRESIDENT TRUMP APPEARED BEFORE CAMERAS FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY SINCE EXPLOSIVE ACCUSATIONS FROM FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON.

THE PRESIDENT HAS PUBLICLY REBUKED BANNON AND HIS LAWYER'S ARE THREATENING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST HIM. BUT BANNON IS STANDING BY THE PRESIDENT.

A-B-C'S ARLETTE SAENZ HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON.

ON CAM INTRO: JUST MONTHS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS CALLING STEVE BANNON A GOOD FRIEND. THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS ARE NOW SAYING BANNON MADE DISPARAGING COMMENTS ABOUT THE TRUMP FAMILY. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE AND BANNON AREN'T SPEAKING. Return to index of stories...


4AM: TRUMP LATEST-PKG


THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS FORMER CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON IS ON THE ROCKS - OR IS IT?

NATS: Did Steve Bannon betray you Mr. President?

AFTER A SCATHING REBUKE OF BANNON, THE PRESIDENT SAYS --

Trump: He called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune very quick.

BANNON HASN'T DENIED MAKING EXPLOSIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY. BUT ON SIRIUS XM'S BREITBART NEWS RADIO, HE INSISTED TO HIS LISTENERS --

Steve Bannon, Former White House chief strategist.

Nothing will ever come between us and President Trump and his agenda. Don't worry about that?

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS MR. TRUMP WAS FURIOUS WHEN HE LEARNED OF BANNON'S STINGING CRITIQUE MADE IN A FORTHCOMING BOOK.

BANNON IS QUOTED CALLING THE 2016 TRUMP TOWER MEETING BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP JR., JARED KUSHNER, CAMPAIGN CHAIR, PAUL MANFORT AND A RUSSIAN LAWYER PROMISING DIRT ON HILLARY CLINTON 'TREASONOUS' AND 'UNPATRIOTIC'

Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary

I'm not going to waste my time or the country's time going page by page talking about a book that's complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip

THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS ARE THREATENING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST BANNON AND DEMANDING THE BOOK'S AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER halt its release

AS FOR THE PRESIDENT'S RELATIONSHIP WITH BANNON ---

TRUMP: I don't talk to him. Return to index of stories...


4AM: TRUMP LATEST-ON CAM


ARTLETTE SAENZ REPORTING.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN --

CANDIDATE TRUMP HAD CAMPAIGN STAFF SIGN A NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT TO REFRAIN FROM ANY DISPARAGING COMMENTS ABOUT HIM --

HIS FAMILY --

CAMPAIGN AND ORGANIZATION.

THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS ARE SAYING BANNON'S COMMENTS ARE A BREACH OF THAT AGREEMENT. Return to index of stories...


4AM: OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO


PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PLANNING A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF OFFSHORE DRILLING.

THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ROLL-BACK A BAN ON NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING OFF THE COASTS OF CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA.

IT ALSO WANTS TO INCREASE DRILLING SITES OFF THE COASTS OF ALASKA --

IN THE GULF OF MEXICO --

AND REINSTATE LEASING SITES IN THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC.

OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAY THE MOVE WOULD INCREASE FEDERAL REVENUE BY 15 BILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: RUBIO AND SCOTT RESPONSE-KEY


LET'S GET YOU MORE.

SENATORS MARCO RUBIO AND GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT RELEASED STATEMENTS ABOUT THE OFFSHORE DRILLING.

RUBIO IS NOT IN SUPPORT OF THE EXPANSION --

AND WANTS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REMOVE THE STATE FOR FUTURE PLANNING PURPOSES.

GOVERNOR SCOTT SAYS THE EXPANSION IS SOMETHING HE ALSO OPPOSES.

HE'S ASKED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DISCUSS THE CONCERNS HE HAS ABOUT THE PLAN.

RUBIO STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO CONSIDER OFFSHORE DRILLING IN EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio released the following statement today after the Interior Department released its draft 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing:

"I have long supported the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which is not slated to expire until 2022, and introduced legislation to extend the moratorium until 2027. As the Department of Interior works to finalize their draft plan, I urge Secretary Zinke to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation's bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and remove this area for future planning purposes."

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Good afternoon,

Today, following media reports that the Trump Administration is expected to announce a plan for offshore oil drilling, Governor Scott released the following statement:

"Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling – which is something I oppose in Florida. I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration. My top priority is to ensure that Florida's natural resources are protected, which is why I proposed $1.7 billion for the environment in this year's budget." – Governor Rick Scott Return to index of stories...


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ROY MOORE ACCUSER-KEY


ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO ACCUSED REPUBLICAN U-S SENATE CANDIDATE ROY MOORE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT --

IS NOW SUING HIM FOR DEFAMATION.

IN THE LAWSUIT--

LEIGH CORFMAN SAYS MOORE AND HIS CAMPAIGN DEFAMED HER BY CALLING HER A LIAR --

AND QUESTIONING HER MOTIVATION FOR COMING FORWARD.

SHE SAYS MOORE ABUSED HER WHEN SHE WAS 14 AND MOORE WAS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN HIS 30S.

MOORE WOMEN ACCUSED MOORE AS THE CAMPAIGN WENT ON.

COFRMAN WANTS AN APOLOGY.

MOORE LOST TO DOUG JONES. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT CHANGE-OC-VO


ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS PLANS TO RESCIND A 2013 OBAMA-ERA POLICY THAT PAVED THE WAY FOR LEGALIZED MARIJUANA TO PROSPER IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO ALLOW FOR EACH STATE'S U.S. ATTORNEYS TO DECIDE WHETHER TO AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE THE FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAW --

EVEN IF IT'S ALREADY BEEN MADE LEGAL IN THEIR STATE.

MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN EIGHT STATES --

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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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CLAIRE'S ASBESTOS-OC-VO


POPULAR ACCESSORIES CHAIN CLAIRE'S SAYS THEY'RE MAKE-UP IS ASBESTOS FREE.

LAST WEEK --

ALL SEVEN STORES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TOOK THE MAKE-UP OFF OF THEIR SHELVES BECAUSE OF ASBESTOS CONCERNS.

THE RECALL STARTED WHEN A FAMILY SAID THEY FOUND ASBESTOS IN THEIR DAUGHTER'S MAKE-UP.

BUT --

OFFICIALS SAY --

THE PRODUCTS IN QUESTION WERE TESTED AT TWO DIFFERENT CERTIFIED LABS.

BOTH RESULTS CAME BACK --

AND THE THE PRODUCTS ARE ASBESTOS FREE.

Hello Rachel,

Claire's Refutes Asbestos Claims

We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements. As we said previously, we also confirmed that the talc ingredient that is used in the cosmetics was sourced from Merck KGaA and is asbestos free. Any report that suggests that the products are not safe is totally false.

We have shared with Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the certificates of analysis provided by Merck, and plan to share with those agencies the results of the testing being conducted by the independent labs. Return to index of stories...


BONITA AGREEMENT UPDATE-OC-VO


CITY OFFICIALS IN BONITA SPRINGS SAY THEY WILL COORDINATE WITH THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT TO STOP FLOODING ISSUES.

OFFICIALS PASSED THE AGENDA ITEM WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THE CITY ASKED THE DISTRICT TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD MAKE THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING MAJOR WATERWAYS LIKE THE IMPERIAL RIVER.

A SIMILAR AGREEMENT EXISTED IN THE 90'S --

BUT WAS NEVER RENEWED. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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TAX FILINGS ACCEPTED-OC-VO


THE I-R-S SAYS IT WILL SOON START ACCEPTING INCOME TAX RETURNS.

THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS 2017 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS CAN BE FILED AS EARLY AS JANUARY 29-TH.

THOSE WHO WANT TO WAIT HAVE UNTIL APRIL 17-TH TO GET THEIRS IN.

NORMALLY --

APRIL 15-TH IS THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE --

BUT IT FALLS ON A SUNDAY THIS YEAR.

THE I-R-S BELIEVES IT WILL ISSUE A VAST MAJORITY OF REFUNDS WITHIN 21 DAYS OF A RETURN BEING FILED. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE


THE COLD WEATHER MAY BE TAKING A TOOL ON YOUR BODY --

BUT IT CAN AFFECT YOUR PLANTS TOO.

HOW TO KEEP THEM PROTECTED IN COLD TEMPS.

PALM TREES ARE ALSO BEING AFFECTED BY THE COLD WEATHER.

HOW NURSERIES ARE PLANNING TO KEEP THEM STANDING UPRIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TZ 5A) PLANTS AT RISK-VOTOPS


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TZ 5B) NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-VOTOPS


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WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX CTR


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.

Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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4AM: PLANTS AT RISK-ON CAM


NEAR FREEZING TEMPERATURES HAVE MANY TROPICAL PLANTS AT RISK OF DYING.

IN SOME CASES THAT CAN MEAN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PLANTS BEING LOST.

THIS MORNING --

A-B-C-7'S DAVE ELIAS EXPLAINS WHICH PLANTS ARE MORE AT RISK OF DYING THAN OTHERS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: PLANTS AT RISK-PKG


Darrell Hassel/CC /. 14:0408 Well my wife is a big plant person and she decided Monday when she heard the weather forecast to do it and until we get the next warm spell they'll be covered. 14:04:16

DARRELL HASSEL AND HIS WIFE HAVE MANY OF THEIR TROPICAL PLANTS COVERED FOR FEAR TEMPERATURES MAY REACHING THE FREEZING MARK.

Andrea Wigert/Bonsai Nursery / 12:29:42 Your Florida native plants will probably be okay they can handle it. 12:29:44

IT'S THE TROPICAL PLANTS LIKE THESE THAT WON'T SURVIVE THE CONTINUED COLD.

Andrea / 12:29:38 You do need to bring your orchids inside. They will not survive. 12:29:40

ANDREA WIGERT OWNS THIS BONSAI NURSERY.

SHE SAYS MANY PLANTS ALREADY FEELING THE EFFECTS OF COLD WEATHER.

Andrea / 12:31:10 You can see the leaves are already closed and they look pretty sad just with this cold weather and they're not to happy. 12:31:14

DAVE'S STANDUP: 13;46:25 The experts offer some good advice to keep your plants safe. They say if you have your Christmas lights up keep them on tonight. They also say water your plants good tonight before the cold hits. 13:46:38.

Andrea / 12:33;47 Watering them really well during the day with that soil being wet and those roots being wet it helps keep them a little warmer. 12:33:52

WITH HOPES THAT THE COLD SNAP WILL SOON BE OVER. Return to index of stories...


4AM: PLANTS AT RISK-ON CAM


WIGERTS BONSAI NURSERY SAID THEY PLAN TO TURN ON THE SPRINKLERS --

AND DOUSE THE PLANTS WITH WATER ONCE TEMPERATURES DROPPED TO 35 DEGREES.

THE PLANTS ARE EXPECTED TO FREEZE OVER --

THAT THIN LAYER OF ICE ACTUALLY PROTECTS THEM FROM THE ELEMENTS. Return to index of stories...


NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-OC-VO


CITRUS AND VEGETABLE FARMERS AREN'T THE ONLY GROWERS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CROPS IN THE COLD.

PALM TREES ARE ALSO AT RISK.

NURSERIES HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT --

USING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS TO COVER THEIR TREES IN WATER.

THIS KEEPS THE TREES AT A STEADY TEMPERATURE.

IT ALSO PREVENTS THEM FROM FREEZING IF IT GETS BELOW 32 DEGREES.

BUT THIS STRATEGY ONLY WORKS IF DONE PROPERLY.

IT REQUIRES THE CONSTANT FLOW OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NIGHT.

GROWERS HOPE THE WARMER WEATHER RETURNS SOON. Return to index of stories...


NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-SOTVO-OC


Vince Molnar

Owner | Riverland Nursery

00:52:14

Oh man, I hope it goes quick, I'm from Indiana originally and I can't take it. I got my carhart on and I'm ready for warmer weather, get these plans back on display and hopefully it will move through quick

RIVERLAND NURSERY IS OPEN TODAY --

BUT THEY ARE OUT OF FROST CLOTHS FOR SMALL PALMS OR TROPICAL PLANTS.

IF YOU NEED TO PICK SOME UP --

YOU CAN TYPICALLY FIND THEM AT ANY NURSERY OR GARDEN CENTER. Return to index of stories...


4AM: CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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4AM: KMART CLOSING STORES-OC-VO


SEARS AND K-MART ARE CLOSING MORE OF ITS STORES.

SEARS HOLDINGS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY.

CLOSEOUT SALES AT THE AFFECTED LOCATIONS WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK.

BY MAY --

MORE THAN 1-HUNDRED LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED.

NONE OF THEM ARE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

SEARS DIDN'T SAY HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS.

THE COMPANY SAYS ELIGIBLE ASSOCIATES WILL RECEIVE SEVERANCE PAY --

AND HAVE THE CHANCE TO APPLY FOR OPEN POSITIONS AT REMAINING K-MART OR SEARS LOCATIONS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: MACY'S CLOSING STORES-WIPE-VOTOPS


RETAIL GIANT MACY'S WILL CUT 5-THOUSAND JOBS --

AND CLOSE SEVEN MORE STORES IN FLORIDA --

CALIFORNIA AND VERMONT.

THE MOVES ARE PART OF A PLAN ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST 2016 TO CLOSE 1-HUNDRED STORES.

MACY'S REVEALED 81 OF THE 100 LOCATIONS TO BE CLOSING.

STORES WILL LIKELY START LIQUIDATION SALES ON JANUARY EIGHTH. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE SIX


HURRICANE IRMA ALREADY CAUSED DEVASTATION IN COLLIER COUNTY --

NOW MANY FAMILIES ARE BRACING FOR THIS COLD SNAP.

HOW THEY'RE PREPARING IN THE MIDST OF THEIR REFIXING. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6A) COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-SQBX


THE WINTER TEMPERATURES HAVE FROZEN IGUANAS FALLING FROM TREES IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

THE ANIMALS MAY LOOK DEAD BUT EXPERTS SAY THEY JUST COULD BE STUNNED BY THE COLD WEATHER.

MAXINE BENTZEL HAS MORE FROM PLAM BEACH COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-PKG


Emily Maple/Reptile Keeper: "Iguanas are not built for the cold."

WHEN TEMPERATURES DIPPED OVERNIGHT - THE IGUANAS IN SOUTH FLORIDA COULDN'T HANG LITERALLY.

Emily Maple/Reptile Keeper: "They'll fall out of trees. They'll end up in areas where your cars are, parking lots. You'll see them in a lot of areas where they're cold stunned."

EMILY MAPLE THE REPTILE KEEPER AT THE PALM BEACH COUNTY ZOO SAYS THE COLD BLOODED INVASIVE SPECIES FREEZE WHEN IT GETS BELOW 45 DEGREES.

Emily Maple/Reptile Keeper: "If it's just for a day or two they will just get to where they're completely frozen in time. They're still able to breathe. They're still able to do bodily functions just very slow."

SO WHEN YOU FIND THEM LIKE THIS - THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY DEAD.

Emily Maple/Reptile Keeper: "Once it gets above 50 degrees they'll start to activate and move around."

WE SPOTTED SOME IGUANAS SUNNING THEMSELVES TODAY - AND EVEN STAYING WARM IN THE WATER.

BUT IF THE TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 45 DEGREES FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS THEY'LL LIKELY DIE - OFTEN FROM PNEUMONIA.

SO IF YOU DO FIND ONE AND WANT TO HELP.

Emily Maple/Reptile Keeper: "Put then over to the side if you feel comfortable to put them in the sun or put them off the road so you're not running them over."

AND THEY MAY JUST THAW OUT. Return to index of stories...


4AM: PALM BEACH COUNTY IGUANA-ON CAM


THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION SAYS THE CHILLY WATER CAN ALSO STUN SEA TURTLES --

MAKING THEM APPEAR DEAD WHEN THEY'RE REALLY ALIVE.

A FISH THAT'S ARE NATIVE TO FLORIDA-- SNOOKS-- CAN ALSO BE STUNNED BY THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR


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.

Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-OC-VO


FAMILIES IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE STILL DEALING WITH POST-IRMA AFFECTS.

THE COLD TEMPERATURES ARE PUTTING A FINANCIAL STRAIN ON MANY FAMILIES.

MANY ARE STILL WAITING TO GET THEIR ROOFS REPAIRED.

SOME FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR TARPS --

AND HAVE HUGE HOLES IN THEIR CEILINGS.

WITH THE COLD SNAP --

IT'S EXPENSIVE TO TO HEAT HOMES WITH NO ROOFS.

MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T HAVE EXTRA MONEY AFTER PAYING FOR ALL OF THE HURRICANE IRMA REPAIRS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-SOTVO


JOHN STETLER

NAPLES

11:18

A lot of people don't have insurance, me included. That's why I was counting on FEMA:23— I know they wouldn't give me the full amount. I've had to put on credit cards which I had to pay extra for.:31

A FEMA SPOKESPERSON SAYS MORE THAN 30 FAMILIES IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE IN ITS HOUSING PROGRAM.

AS OF LAST MONTH --

MORE THAN 40 MILLION DOLLARS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS IN COLLIER.

47 MILLION IN LEE COUNTY --

AND 4 MILLION IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: ISLAND PARK COMMUNITY-OC-VO


PEOPLE LIVING IN ISLAND PARK BATTLED FLOODING IN AUGUST --

IRMA IN SEPTEMBER --

AND NOW THEY'RE FIGHTING WIND AND COLD.

MANY HOMES ARE STILL COVERED WITH BLUE TARPS.

KEEPING WARM IS A CONCERN AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP.

MANY PEOPLE IN THE AREA TELL US THEIR BELONGINGS ARE STILL SITTING IN STORAGE.

MANY ARE WAITING FOR INSURANCE CHECKS -- TO HELP FINISH THOSE REPAIRS.

A TRIPLE WHAMMY FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN ISLAND PARK.

SERIOUS FLOODING IN AUGUST--

THEN IRMA--

AND NOW --

WINDS AND COLD WHILE REPAIRING ROOFS AND HOMES --

TAKE VO-

MANY STILL COVERED WITH BLUE TARPS.

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

CREWS ARE WORKING TO REPAIR DESTROYED FLOORS AND DAMAGE DRY WALL-

MANY HOMEOWNER BELONGINGS SIT IN STORAGE OUTSIDE.

TAKE SOT-

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

TAKE VO-

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...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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4AM: FL TEEN DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY-OC-VO


A FLORIDA MAN IS PLEADING GUILTY FOR POSING AS A DOCTOR WHEN HE WAS A TEEN.STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM SEVERAL VICTIMS, INCLUDING AN ELDERLY PATIENT.

20-YEAR-OLD MALACHI LOVE-ROBINSON WAS IN A WEST PALM BEACH COURTROOM THURSDAY, WHERE HE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE AND A HALF YEARS.

LOVE-ROBINSON WAS ARRESTED IN 20-16 AFTER CONDUCTING AN EXAM ON A FEMALE UNDERCOVER OFFICER, WHO WENT TO HIS OFFICE COMPLAINING OF FEELING SICK.

LOVE-ROBINSON MUST ALSO REPAY HIS VICTIMS WHEN HE GETS OUT OF PRISON. Return to index of stories...


4AM: ECOLI OUTBREAK-OC-VO


AN E-COLI OUTBREAK IS NOW BEING LINKED TO LEAFY GREENS AND ROMAINE LETTUCE.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION THURSDAY SAID THAT E-COLI MADE 17 PEOPLE ACROSS 13 STATES SICK IN LATE NOVEMBER AND EARLY DECEMBER.

ONE PERSON DIED.

THE C-D-C SAYS THE SOURCE OF THE INFECTION IS STILL UNKNOWN, BUT SIGNS ARE POINTING TO ROMAINE LETTUCE AND LEAFY GREENS.

A SIMILAR STRAIN CAUSED AN OUTBREAK IN CANADA IN EARLY NOVEMBER THROUGH EARLY DECEMBER, WITH 41 PEOPLE GETTING SICK.

THE C-D-C SAYS IT IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE OUTBREAK. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 5-CLIP


NEXT AT 5 --

CITRUS GROWERS ARE PREPARING FOR THE COLD TEMPS.

HOW THEY'RE PROTECTING THEIR CROPS.

AND --

MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD.

WILL THEY DIE BECAUSE OF THE COOLER TEMPS?

A-B-C-7 HAS THE ANSWER NEXT. Return to index of stories...


1) CITRUS GROWERS-VOTOPS


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2) MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-2 SH PUSH


RIGHT NOW MANY ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE WEEK.

I'M CHRISTINA CARILLA.

I'M GREG PARKER.

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GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES


WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE ALL ACROSS THE AREA.

GETTING YOU MORE ON HOW YOU CAN STAY PROTECTED THROUGH THIS COLD SNAP.

OUR TEAM COVERAGE BEGINS WITH METEOROLOGIST CODY MURPHY.

HE'S LIVE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS TRACKING THE TEMPS.

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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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CITRUS GROWERS-OC-VO


CITRUS GROWERS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THEIR CROPS THIS MORNING.

CITRUS GROWERS THROUGH OUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAVE BEEN PREPARING ALL WEEK FOR THE COLD TEMPS.

LABELLE FRUIT COMPANY HAS HAD CREWS OUT DURING THE NIGHT KEEPING AN EYE ON THEIR CROPS, AND THE TEMPATURE.

THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN TURNING ON THEIR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS TO HOPEFULLY PUT A PROTECTIVE SHIELD OVER THEIR FRUIT. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS GROWERS-SOTVO


04:11:47 -04;11;54

That does gives off heat and makes the fog and that helps raise the temperature a couple degrees.

FARMERS SAY THEY HAD TO RUN THEIR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS A LOT MORE THIS WEEK.

THEY SAY IT'S PUTTING A BIG COST ON THEM. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-OC-VO


ALTHOUGH THE TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING --

MOSQUITOES AREN'T DROPPING WITH IT.

EXPERTS SAY THE BLOOD SUCKING INSECTS ARE LESS ACTIVE IN THE COLD WEATHER--

BUT THAT COULD ONLY MEAN MOSQUITOES ARE MOVING CLOSER TO YOUR HOME.

THE CONTROL DISTRICT SAYS IT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES TO START KILLING OFF THE ADULT INSECTS.

BECAUSE MOSQUITOES ARE LESS ACTIVE IN COLD, WINDY WEATHER--

THIS MEANS THE DISTRICT IS SPRAYING LESS.

BUT THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING NEAR YOUR HOME EVEN AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITOES AND THE COLD-SOTVO


Eric Jackson, Lee County Mosquito Control District

15:02:09 "even though it's cold right now it's still important, we say over and over again, it's important that people don't have those containers of water and that they aren't growing those mosquitoes around their house"

THE LEE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT MONITORS POPULATIONS YEAR ROUND--

EVEN IN THE COLD WEATHER--

TO DETERMINE WHERE SPRAYING NEEDS TO HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


FEELING COLD WEATHER-OC-VO


THIS MORNING --

YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHY THE MILD TEMPERATURES FEEL SO FRIGID TO PEOPLE LIVING IN FLORIDA.

HEALTH EXPERTS SAY IT HAS TO DEAL WITH YOUR CAPILLARIES.

IT'S NORMALLY SO HOT IN FLORIDA --

THOSE SMALL BLOOD VESSELS OPEN UP TO RELEASE HEAT.

WHEN THE WEATHER GETS COLD THEY CONSTRICT TO KEEP THE WARM BLOOD INSIDE.

BUT IT TAKES TIME FOR OUR BODIES CIRCULATION TO ADJUST.

IN ADDITION THE LONGER YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA --

YOUR BODY WILL LOSE INSULATING FAT THAT KEEPS YOU WARM. Return to index of stories...


FEELING COLD WEATHER-SOTVO


Kaylee Kwek/Ft Myers

02:45:42-50

"Its been freezing compared to normal. My fingers almost froze off this morning. Lost complete feeling in them."

***BUTTED TO***

Daniel Kluttz/Ft Myers

02:56:33-35

Definitely a baby when it comes to the cold

IF YOU'VE HEARD SOME PEOPLE GET COLDER BECAUSE YOUR BLOOD THINS OUT -

THAT'S JUST A MYTH. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER MYTHS-OC-VO


THIS MORNING A-B-C-7 IS CRACKING COLD WEATHER MYTHS!

FIRST UP!

ALLERGIES GO AWAY IN THE WINTER. THAT'S FALSE!

ALTHOUGH POLLEN PRODUCTION TAKES A BREAK DURING WINTER-

THERE'S NO STOPPING FOR INDOOR ALLERGIES.

MYTH NUMBER TWO.

YOU CAN SKIP THE SUNSCREEN WHEN ITS COLD OUT.

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COLD WEATHER MYTHS-SOTVO


JIM DIKEY- ABC7 METEOROLGIST

12:07:20

Fiction complete fiction. You can still get a sunburn during the winter in south Florida

***BUTTED TO***

Stacy Koebel- Fort Myers

12:00:38

Always important to protect the skin

WHAT ABOUT THE PESKY MOSQUITOES?

DO THEY DIE BECAUSE OF THE COLD?

LEE COUTY MOSQUITO CONTROL SAYS TEMPERATURES HAVE TO BE BELOW FREEZING FOR SEVERAL DAYS FOR MOSQUITO EGGS TO DIE.

MOSQUITOES GO INTO A TYPE OF HIBERNATION WHEN IT GETS BELOW 50 DEGREES. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TOURISM AND THE COLD-OC-VO


TOURISM IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS BEING AFFECTED BY THE COLD WEATHER.

OFFICIALS WITH THE COLLIER COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU HOPE IT WILL ONLY BE TEMPORARY.

THE BEACHES HAVE BEEN MUCH EMPTIER THAN NORMAL AS WE GO THROUGH THIS COLD SNAP.

PEOPLE WHO DO DECIDED TO GO OUT ON THE BEACHES ARE BUNDLED UP.

THE COLLIER TOURISM BUREAU SAYS IT SHOULD ONLY BE A SHORT-TERM IMPACT.

VISITORS SAY THEY'VE BEEN FINDING OTHER THINGS TO DO UNTIL THE COLD SNAP PASSES. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TOURISM AND THE COLD-SOTVO


Jack Wert/Collier County Convention & Visitors Bureau

4850 people aren't outside as much and certainly not on the pier but it depends on where they're from too

THE COLLIER COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU ALSO SAYS IT'S USING DIGITAL ADS FOR PEOPLE UP NORTH TO BRING THEM DOWN. Return to index of stories...


COLD AFFECTING BUSINESSES-OC-VO


THESE COLDER TEMPERATURES ARE ALSO TAKING A TOLL ON THE *IN-SEASON-CASH-FLOW*

ABC-7 SPOKE WITH SEA TREK SPORT FISHING CHARTERS AND THEIR BOATS -- ALONG WITH OTHERS ALONG THAT STRETCH OF THE MANATAZAS HARBOUR.

WHILE THEY APPRECIATE A DAY THEY CAN CATCH UP ON CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE-- THEY'D MUCH RATHER BE ON THE WATER.

ONE OF THE CAPTAINS SAYS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA -- THEY'RE REALLY COUNTING ON THE *IN-SEASON-CASH* TO BOUNCE BACK. Return to index of stories...


COLD AFFECTING BUSINESSES-SOTVO


11:37:01 -:08

"Before this week it was incredible - once the abnormal weather showed up it got really tough."

11:39:26 -:35

"This season is super important for us here at Sea Trek Fishing Charters, as well as Sea Daddy Fishing Charters, So when we have a weather window we're ready to go."

TOURISM IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FLORIDA.

ACCORDING TO VISIT-FLORIDA --

EACH YEAR FROM 2011 TO 2015 -- TOURISM SPENDING INCREASED.

FROM 2013 THROUGH 2015 -- SPENDING JUMPED TO MORE THAN 1-HUNDRED-MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: FIRE INDEX-2 SHOT


RIGHT NOW --

MOST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS UNDER A "HIGH" FIRE INDEX WARNING.

FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART IS IN THE STORMWARN 7 WEATHER CENTER BREAKING DOWN HOW COLD WEATHER IS IMPACTING THE FORECAST. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: FIRE INDEX-WX CTR


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FIRST WEATHER-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1


Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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COLD BLAST-CLIP


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NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-OC-VO


IN THE NORTH --

THE MONSTER WINTER STORM--

CONTINUES TO DUMP SNOW ON THE EAST COAST.

IF THE HEAVY SNOW AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH. IT'S ALSO BRINGING RECORD FLOODING.

A HISTORIC HIGH TIDE SWAMPED THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST. OVERWHELMING TOWNS WITH RUSHING WATER AND STRANDING PEOPLE.

AS IF THE HEAVY SNOW AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH. THE MONSTER STORM ALSO SPARKED RECORD FLOODING.

A HISTORIC HIGH TIDE SWAMPED THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST. OVERWHELMING TOWNS WITH RUSHING WATER. STRANDING PEOPLE AND PROPMTING DOZENS OF RESCUES.

ONCE THE FLOODWATERS HIT THE STREETS. THEY FROZE OVER ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. TURNING PARKED CARS INTO POPSICLES.

HERE'S ABC'S LYNDA LOPEZ

SCRIPT:

OVERNIGHT, HIGH WATER-

BLASTING THROUGH A SEAWALL SOUTH OF BOSTON.

NATS

floods/rusing water

MANY CALLING IT THE MOST FEROCIOUS STORM SURGE IN DECADES.

SOT

i was schocked how quickly the water rose.

RESCUERS PULLING MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE TO SAFETY. AFTER WATER SURROUNDED THEIR HOMES.

SOT

I am fine, the house flooded over. propane tank flipped over. small fire in the house.

ONE WOMAN. SAVED FROM THE SECOND STORY OF HER HOUSE. BY A FRONT-END LOADER!

NATS

flood water

IN BOSTON. THE HIGH TIDE FLOODING STREETS.

A FIRE TRUCK. DRIVING THROUGH DEEP WATER.

A LOCAL SUBWAY STATION. FLOODING. WATER. POURING DOWN THE STAIRS.

AND A DUMPSTER. FLOATING DOWN BOSTON'S HISTORIC FORT-POINT NEIGHBORHOOD

SOT

it's hard to believe. this was the biggest since i was a kid in 1978.

IN NEW YORK CITY - A COAST GUARD CUTTER WAS NEEDED TO BREAK UP THE ICE IN THE HUDSON RIVER.

FARTHER SOUTH, THE STORM. BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 6 DEATHS- MOST FROM SLICK ROADS.

NATS airprots WxOrlandoDelaysFL

THE STORM AND BITTER COLD CAUSING MAJOR DISRUPTIONS AT AIRPORTS.

SOT

WxOrlandoDelaysFL

Madison Kenyon/Traveler

"We had a flight back to New York and now it's canceled, so we're stuck here another day."

NEW YORK'S J-F-K REOPENED THIS MORNING. AFTER SUSPENDING MORE THAN THREE-THOUSAND FLIGHTS.

AND THIS RARE SITE IN ORLANDO: A PLANE GETTING DE-ICED!

IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE COLD CRIPPLING NATIVE GREEN IGUANAS. LITERALLY!!

THEIR LIMBS STIFFENING UP FROM THE CHILL. CAUSING THEM TO FALL FROM TREES.

AND IN MARYLAND. THESE SURFERS MAKING THE BEST OF IT ALL. HANGING TEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLIZZARD! Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL COLD WEATHER-SOTVO


SOT

it's hard to believe. this was the biggest since i was a kid in 1978.

IN MARYLAND --

SOME PEOPLE WERE MAKING THE BEST OF THE WINTER STORM --

BY HANGING TEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLIZZARD! Return to index of stories...


EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-NAVI IN TOUCH


ALL OF SNARLING AIR TRAVEL --

MORE THAN 4 - THOUSANDS FLIGHTS IN THE U-S GROUNDED YESTERDAY --

SEVERAL THOUSANDS MORE DELAYED -- Return to index of stories...


EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-NAVI FULL


TAKE A LOOK AT THE REAL TIME TRACKING OF WHERE THIS PLAYED OUT.

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


EMILY GETS US MORE FLIGHTS-LYNX2 IN TOUCH


THIS MORNING - FLIGHTS TO NEWARK -- BOSTON -- NEW YORK'S LAGUARDIA AND JKF -- AND AN AFTERNOON FLIGHT TO PHILLY ARE CANCELED. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


FISHMEN SAY THE COLD WEATHER IS HELPING THEIR DAILY CATCHES.

WHY RED TIDE MAY SCREW THINGS UP.

PEOPLE IN FLORIDA NOT USED TO THE COLD TEMPERATURES --

ESPECIALLY VISITORS.

HOW THEY'RE BUNDLING UP TO STAY WARM. Return to index of stories...


TZ 1A) 5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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TZ 1B) FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-VOTOPS


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BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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MISSING BOATERS-OC-VO


BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING---

OKEECHOBEE POLICE, THE US COAST GUARD, AND THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING BOATER.

FISHERMAN NIK KAYLER HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST NIGHT.

HE WAS COMPETING ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE WITH BILL KISIAH.

THEIR BOAT CAPSIZED.

KISIAH WAS FOUND SAFE LATE LAST NIGHT.

BOTH MEN ARE EXPERIENCED FISHERMAN, WHO HAVE COMPETED IN COMPETITIONS FOR YEARS. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-2 SHOT


LEE COUNTY FISHERMEN SAY THEY LOVE THESE COLD TEMPERATURES.

THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S THE PERFECT CONDITION TO CATCH FRESH FISH. Return to index of stories...


5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES


THIS MORNING A-B-C-7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS GETTING YOU MORE ON HOW RED TIDE IS PLAYING A ROLE IN THE DAILY CATCH AND IMPACTING FISH.

HE JOINS US LIVE IN FORT MYERS.

GOOD MORNING CHRIS. Return to index of stories...


5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-LIVE-TVU2


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5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VO


FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONFIRMED HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF RED TIDE IN ELEVEN SAMPLES TAKEN.

THOSE CAME FROM LEE COUNTY.

LOCAL FISH MARKETS ARE TAKING NOTICE--

--AS SHELLFISH THEY SELL ARE WHERE THE RED TIDE IS.

THAT MEANS EATING IT COULD MAKE *YOU SICK.

SO THEY'RE FORCED TO TRAVEL *OUTSIDE THE COUNTY FOR SHELLFISH TO PREVENT THAT--

--BUT DOING THIS ALSO USES UP MORE OF THEIR RESOURCES. Return to index of stories...


5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-SOT


John Lynch, owner, Blue Dog

03:44:10 " The mullet we are getting we have to get farther out you know out past Sanibel and up

north to get cleaner water which takes more time in fuel and effort." 19 Return to index of stories...


5AM: RED TIDE AND THE COLD-LIVE-TVU2


BUT THERE'S A SILVER LINING--

THESE COOL CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT TO CATCH *FRESH FISH--

--WHICH COULD MEAN LARGER HAULS FOR FISHERMEN. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


MANY PEOPLE TRAVLED TO FORT MYERS AS A GETAWAY FROM COLD TEMPERATURES UP NORTH.

HOW THEY'RE TRYING TO STAY WARMING TODAY -- NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ 2A) FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-VOTOPS


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TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-OC-VO


MANY PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS ARE BRAVING THE COLD WEATHER.

MANY ARE BUNDLED UP AND OTHERS --SLEEPING ON THEIR BOATS ARE SHIVERING AT SEA.

SOME PEOPLE AT THE FORT MYERS YACHT BASIN WOKE UP TO THE FREEZE WARNING.

MANY SAID THEY SAILED DOWN TO ESCAPE THE COLD.

WHILE MOST HAVE HEATERS -- OTHERS DO NOT.

THEY SLEPT UNDER BLANKETS AND SLEEPING BAGS.

ONE COUPLE WAS SO DESPERATE TO STAY WARM -- THEY COVERED THEIR AIR VENTS WITH TAPE AND FOAM. Return to index of stories...


FMB BRAVING COLD TEMPS-SOTVO


Jolanta lawrence

Slept on boat

31:16-21

"Normally it's great to have that, you want to have ventilation, but not with the chill and the wind!"

***BUTTED TO***

30:33-37

"Boil water on the gas stove and fill a hot water bottle."

PEOPLE ON LAND ARE JUST AS CHILLY.

MANY ARE WEARING LAYERS --

EATING BY HEATERS --

AND DRINKING SOME OLD FASHIONED HOT COFFEE. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1


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.

Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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TOSS TO BRITTANY-ON CAM


PLANTS TAKING A BEATING FROM THE LOWER TEMPERATURES-

MANY RESIDENTS CONCERNED WITH ABOUT THEIR INVESTMENTS.

THAT COULD MEAN THOUSANDS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRITTANY-BOXES


A-B-C-7'S BRITTANY WEINER IS AT WIGGERTS NURSERY IN NORTH FORT MYERS --

WORKERS HAVE BEEN THEIR ALL NIGHT MONITORING TEMPERATURES. BRITTANY? Return to index of stories...


WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-LIVE


RIGHT NOW IT'S —-

NEAR FREEZING TEMPERATURES WERE EXPECTED THIS MORNING —

BUT LUCKILY WE HAVEN'T HIT FREEZING JUST YET HERE IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

BUT THE OWNERS OF THE BONSAI NURSERY HAVE BEEN CLOSELY WATCHING THE NUMBERS. Return to index of stories...


WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-VO


ALL OF THE PLANTS HERE ARE CONSIDERED TROPICAL AND AT RISK OF FREEZING.

SOME OF THE BONSAI TREES HERE—

ARE WORTH THOUSANDS —

SO THE OWNERS WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE BEING PROTECTED.

MANY OF THEIR TROPICAL PLANTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN COVERED FOR FEAR TEMPERATURES MAY REACHING THE FREEZING MARK.

ACCORDING TO THE OWNERS NATIVE FLORIDA PLANTS WILL LIKELY BE OK --

BUT IT'S THE TROPICAL PLANTS LIKE THAT WON'T SURVIVE THE CONTINUED COLD. Return to index of stories...


WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-SOT


Andrea / 12:29:38 You do need to bring your orchids inside. They will not survive. 12:29:40

12:31:10 You can see the leaves are already closed and they look pretty sad just with this cold weather and they're not to happy. 12:31:14 Return to index of stories...


WIGGERTS NURSERY NFM-LIVE


RIGHT NOW ITS— ____ '

THEY'VE BEEN WATCHING THE TEMPERATURE ALL MORNING --

AND ONCE IT DROPS BELOW 32 --

THEY'LL TURN ON THE SPRINKLERS AND DOUSE THEM WITH WATER—

WHEN THE PLANTS FREEZE OVER --

THAT THIN LAYER OF ICE ACTUALLY PROTECTS THEM FROM THE ELEMENTS. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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EMILY GETS US MORE-TOSS TO EMILY


WE'RE GETTING YOU MORE ON ABC7 --

CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE MONSTER SYSTEM UP NORTH --

EMILY BURRIS FINDING NEW VIDEO OVERNIGHT OF AN INCREDIBLE RESCUE -- Return to index of stories...


EMILY GETS US MORE-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL


CHECK OUT THIS RESCUE OUT OF BOSTON --

A WOMAN --

TRAPPED ON HER SECOND STORY AS FREEZING FLOOD WATERS POURED INTO BOSTON --

SHE HAD TO BE RESCUED WITH A FRONT END LOADER!

IT'S SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING THE CITY HAS EVER SEEN --

AND NOW THE CONCERN IS ICE --

AS TEMPERATURES DROP. Return to index of stories...


EMILY GETS US MORE-NAVI IN TOUCH


HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT TIMES SQUARE --

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


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE


IF YOU WALK AROUND IN THE COLD TEMPS --

YOU MAY SEE SOME IGUANA'S STANDING STILL!

WHY F-W-C EXPERTS ARE WARNING NOT TO GO NEAR THEM. Return to index of stories...


TZ 3A) FROZEN IGUANAS-VOTOPS


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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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FROZEN IGUANAS-2 SHOT W BAM - VO IN BAM


AS TEMPERATURES DROP OUTSIDE --

YOU MAY NOTICED IGUANAS THAT LOOK FROZEN --

BUT YOU MAY WANT TO STAY AWAY.

F-W-C EXPERTS SAY THE REPTILE MAY JUST BE COLE STUNNED --

MEANING IT CAN'T MOVE DUE TO LACK OF BLOOK FLOW.

A-B-C-7'S JOE PUTRELO HAS MORE THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


FROZEN IGUANAS-PKG


AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA---

IGUANAS ARE GOING INTO SURVIVAL MODE.

Charlotte Bursiek/Cape Coral

08:43:53-55

"There's been quite a few."

CHARLOTTE BURSIEK LIVES ON A CANAL IN THE CAPE.

SHE SAYS IGUANAS FREQUENTLY SUNBATHE ON HER SEA WALL.

Charlotte Bursiek/Cape Coral

08:44:40-48

"It seems like they find an area on the seawall where the sun's really hitting it, and then they'll lay there like they're tanning."

BUT THE IGUANAS IN OUR COMMUNITIES MAY SOON NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE AT ALL.

F-W-C EXPERTS TELL US WHEN TEMPERATURES REACH 40 DEGREES---THEY LOSE BLOOD FLOW AND CAN BECOME IMMOBILE.

THIS VIDEO OUT OF MIAMI TODAY SHOWS COLD STUNNED IGUANAS THAT FELL FROM A TREE.

Charlotte Bursiek/Cape Coral

08:43:36-40

"They don't actually come into the yard, they just stay by the water."

EXPERTS SAY IGUANAS ARE OVERPOPULATED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA---FROM REPRODUCING AT AN ALARMING RATE.

Brett MacKinnon/Cape Coral

"I see so many of them on the other side of the canal."

F-W-C DOES NOT BELIEVE THE COLD WEATHER WILL LAST LONG ENOUGH TO KILL A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF OUR IGUANA POPULATION.

ONCE THEY WARM UP---THE REPTILES WILL START MOVING AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


FROZEN IGUANAS-ON CAM


SO FAR --

NO ONE HAS REPORTED A COLD STUNNED REPTILE TO F-W-C.

EXPERTS RECOMMEND NOT TRYING TO HELP THEM WARM BACK UP.

THE IGUANAS COULD EVENTUALLY GET SCARED AND HURT YOU. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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NFM LOTTO FRENZY-OC-VO


IT MAY BE COLD OUTSIDE --

BUT PEOPLE ARE FEELING FEVERISH IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

A WINN DIXIE SOLD A WINNING FLORIDA LOTTERY TICKET WORTH 11-MILLION DOLLARS THURSDAY NIGHT.

NOW --

PEOPLE ARE READY TO GET THEIR SHOT AT THE JACKPOT.

THE POWERBALL JACKPOT IS PROJECTED TO BE CLOSE TO A BILLION DOLLARS BY THE NEXT DRAWING SATURDAY NIGHT.

THE RECENT FLORIDA LOTTERY WIN FOR SOMEONE IN NORTH FORT MYERS HAS MANY FLOCKING TO THE STORE TO GRAB A TICKET.

THEY SAY IT WILL HAVE EXTRA GOOD LUCK BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION. Return to index of stories...


NFM LOTTO FRENZY-SOTVO


Female Winn Dixie Customer

01:45:15

"When I saw the commas, commas, commas! And I saw that it was 11 million I thought awesome for someone.":07

***BUTTED TO***

Denise Williams: North Fort Myers Resident

01:39:52

"There are winning tickets out there, and right down the toad from where I live and shop every day.":060

THE WINN DIXIE WILL GET A 70-THOUSAND DOLLAR COMMISSION FOR SELLING THURSDAY'S WINNING FLORIDA LOTTO TICKET. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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HEADLINES HALF HOUR


WINTER WEATHER --

STILL ROCKING MANY STATES IN THE NORTH EAST.

THIS MORNING --

A-B-C-7 IS TAKING YOU TO SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS.

BRUSH FIRE SEASON IS EXPECTED TO BE A BIG ONE HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WHY THE COLDER WEATHER IS NOT HELPING THE ALREADY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.

FISHERMEN SAY THE COLD TEMPS ARE HELPING THEIR FRESH WATER CATCHES.

HOW RED TIDE IS AFFECTING THE DAILY GRABS. Return to index of stories...


HL1) NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-VO-WIPE


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HL2) BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-VO-WIPE


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HL3) RED TIDE AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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BUMP TO BREAK-CLIP


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5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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5AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-DISS-2SHT


RIGHT NOW -- FOLKS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE PREPARING FOR ANOTHER DAY OF COLD TEMPERATURES.

MOST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS UNDER A FREEZE WARNING. Return to index of stories...


5AM: GM TEAM COVERAGE SETUP-BOXES


THIS MORNING WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE ALL ACROSS THE AREA.

GETTING YOU THE NEWEST INFORMATION ON CURRENT CONDITIONS.

MACKENZIE BART IS KICKING OFF OUR TEAM COVERAGE THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


top right: cody murphy bobblehead-vo


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bottom right: chris lovingood bobblehead-vo


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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1


Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


5AM: GET MORE: NATIONAL WEATHER BREAK OUT-BOXES-WX


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TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-2 SHOT


THE COLDEST ARCTIC AIR OF THE SEASON IS MOVING IN BEHIND THE MAJOR NOR'EASTER THAT'S HAMMERING THE EAST COAST.

IT'S BRINGING DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FROM VIRGINIA TO MAINE --

AND FLOODING PARTS OF DOWNTOWN BOSTON.

THE MASSIVE SNOW FALL HAS CLOSED SCHOOLS --

WORKPLACES AND AIRPORTS.

A-B-C'S LYNDA LOPEZ HAS MORE ON THE WINTER STORM THAT'S NOW KILLED SIX PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


NATIONAL WEATHER COVERAGE-PKG


OVERNIGHT, HIGH WATER-

BLASTING THROUGH A SEAWALL SOUTH OF BOSTON.

NATS

floods/rusing water

MANY CALLING IT THE MOST FEROCIOUS STORM SURGE IN DECADES.

SOT

i was schocked how quickly the water rose.

RESCUERS PULLING MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE TO SAFETY. AFTER WATER SURROUNDED THEIR HOMES.

SOT

I am fine, the house flooded over. propane tank flipped over. small fire in the house.

ONE WOMAN. SAVED FROM THE SECOND STORY OF HER HOUSE. BY A FRONT-END LOADER!

NATS

flood water

IN BOSTON. THE HIGH TIDE FLOODING STREETS.

A FIRE TRUCK. DRIVING THROUGH DEEP WATER.

A LOCAL SUBWAY STATION. FLOODING. WATER. POURING DOWN THE STAIRS.

AND A DUMPSTER. FLOATING DOWN BOSTON'S HISTORIC FORT-POINT NEIGHBORHOOD

SOT

it's hard to believe. this was the biggest since i was a kid in 1978.

IN NEW YORK CITY - A COAST GUARD CUTTER WAS NEEDED TO BREAK UP THE ICE IN THE HUDSON RIVER.

FARTHER SOUTH, THE STORM. BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 6 DEATHS- MOST FROM SLICK ROADS.

NATS airprots WxOrlandoDelaysFL

THE STORM AND BITTER COLD CAUSING MAJOR DISRUPTIONS AT AIRPORTS.

SOT

WxOrlandoDelaysFL

Madison Kenyon/Traveler

"We had a flight back to New York and now it's canceled, so we're stuck here another day."

NEW YORK'S J-F-K REOPENED THIS MORNING. AFTER SUSPENDING MORE THAN THREE-THOUSAND FLIGHTS.

AND THIS RARE SITE IN ORLANDO: A PLANE GETTING DE-ICED!

IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE COLD CRIPPLING NATIVE GREEN IGUANAS. LITERALLY!!

THEIR LIMBS STIFFENING UP FROM THE CHILL. CAUSING THEM TO FALL FROM TREES.

AND IN MARYLAND. THESE SURFERS MAKING THE BEST OF IT ALL. HANGING TEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLIZZARD! Return to index of stories...


5AM: EMILY GETS US MORE-OC TOSS


LYNDA LOPEZ REPORTING --

EMILY BURRIS IS GETTING US MORE NOW ON THE INCREDIBLE CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHEAST THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


5AM: EMILY GETS US MORE-VO IN TOUCH, VOTOPS


I'VE BEEN LOOKING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AT THESE INCREDIBLE VIDEOS --

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE FLOOD WATERS IN BOSTON --

YOU CAN SEE ON THE CARS HOW HIGH THIS FLOODING IS -- ALMOST UP TO WINDOWS! Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHRIS-ON CAM


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TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES


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RED TIDE AND THE COLD STRAIGHT LIVE-LIVE-TVU2


FRESH FISH LOVE THESE CURRENT CONDITIONS--

--BUT IN LEE COUNTY THERE'S A BIT OF AN ISSUE--RED TIDE.

--IT'S IN HIGH CONCENTRATION HERE--

--AND THAT'S FORCED LOCAL FISH MARKETS TO LEAVE THE COUNTY FOR SHELLFISH.

LET ME HELP YOU VISUALIZE WHAT'S HAPPENING.

THIS IS A MAP FROM FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE.

THEY TOOK ELEVEN SAMPLES RECENTLY--ALL CONFIRMING RED TIDE.

NOTICE THOSE RED DOTS NEAR LEE COUNTY---*THAT'S SHOWING THE HIGH CONCENTRATION AREAS.

IF YOU HAVE RESPIRATORY ISSUES--YOU'LL WANT TO AVOID THESE AREAS.

RED TIDE KILLS FISH--

--AND IF *YOU SPOT ANY FISH KILLS--CALL THE F-W-C FISH Kill Hotline: 800-636-0511. ---MAKE CG.

COMING UP AT --WE'LL HEAR JUST HOW BADLY THIS IS IMPACTING LOCAL FISH MARKETS. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-OC-VO


THE COLD DRY AIR IS ADDING TO AN ALREADY WORRISOME BRUSH FIRE SEASON.

THURSDAY MARKS ANOTHER DAY FLORIDA FORESTRY ADVISED AGAINST BURNING.

A BRUSH FIRE SPARKED ALONG THREE OAKS PARKWAY THURSDAY MORNING --

SCORCHING TWO ACRES OF TREES.

FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO GET THE FLAMES UNDER CONTROL WITHIN JUST A COUPLE HOURS --

DESPITE HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS FUELING THE FIRE AND BLOCKING ACCESS POINTS. Return to index of stories...


BRUSH FIRES AND THE COLD-SOTVO


Alexis Rothring San Carlos park fire

000158 we are able to get out there but we have to think about those extra steps were going to have to take this year

***BUTTED TO***

Samantha Quinn Florida forestry

001432 with the cold front it caused a lot of the vegutation we did have on the ground to dry out even more so

DEBRIS AND COLD, DRY AIR ARE RIPE CONDITIONS FOR FIRE.

THE CAUSE OF YESTERDAY MORNING'S BRUSH FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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LAKE O REDUCTIONS-OC-VO


STARTING TODAY --

THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL REDUCE DISCHARGES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNS DRY SEASON IS APPROACHING.

RIGHT NOW THE LAKE IS JUST OVER 15 FEET.

AFTER IRMA--

IT WAS MORE THAN 16 FEET.

THE ENGINEERS ARE IN THEIR THIRD WEEK OF THEIR TRANSISTION PLAN TO REDUCE FLOWS TO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE TO DRY SEASON LEVELS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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5AM: TRUMP LATEST-OC-VO


IN WASHINGTON --

THE WHITE HOUSE IS STILL REELING FROM THOSE EXPLOSIVE ACCUSATIONS ATTRIBUTED TO FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON.

PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT THE COMMENTS MADE BY HIS FORMER CHIEF STRATEGIST.

HE TOLD REPORTERS HE DOESN'T TALK TO HIM. Return to index of stories...


5AM: TRUMP LATEST-SOTVO-OC


Q: Any words about Steve Bannon?

He called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune very quick.

ATTORNEYS FOR THE PRESIDENT SENT FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER AFTER HE MADE COMMENTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY.

BANNON IS STILL STANDING BY HIS FORMER BOSS.

HE TOLD LISTENERS ON SIRIUS X-M'S BREITBART NEWS RADIO THAT NOTHING WILL EVER COME BETWEEN HIM --

PRESIDENT TRUMP --

AND HIS AGENDA. Return to index of stories...


ROY MOORE ACCUSER-KEY


ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO ACCUSED REPUBLICAN U-S SENATE CANDIDATE ROY MOORE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT --

IS NOW SUING HIM FOR DEFAMATION.

IN THE LAWSUIT--

LEIGH CORFMAN SAYS MOORE AND HIS CAMPAIGN DEFAMED HER BY CALLING HER A LIAR --

AND QUESTIONING HER MOTIVATION FOR COMING FORWARD.

SHE SAYS MOORE ABUSED HER WHEN SHE WAS 14 AND MOORE WAS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN HIS 30S.

MOORE WOMEN ACCUSED MOORE AS THE CAMPAIGN WENT ON.

COFRMAN WANTS AN APOLOGY.

MOORE LOST TO DOUG JONES. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT CHANGE-OC-VO


ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS PLANS TO RESCIND A 2013 OBAMA-ERA POLICY THAT PAVED THE WAY FOR LEGALIZED MARIJUANA TO PROSPER IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO ALLOW FOR EACH STATE'S U.S. ATTORNEYS TO DECIDE WHETHER TO AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE THE FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAW --

EVEN IF IT'S ALREADY BEEN MADE LEGAL IN THEIR STATE.

MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN EIGHT STATES --

AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR RECREATIONAL USE. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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CLAIRE'S ASBESTOS-OC-VO


POPULAR ACCESSORIES CHAIN CLAIRE'S SAYS THEY'RE MAKE-UP IS ASBESTOS FREE.

LAST WEEK --

ALL SEVEN STORES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TOOK THE MAKE-UP OFF OF THEIR SHELVES BECAUSE OF ASBESTOS CONCERNS.

THE RECALL STARTED WHEN A FAMILY SAID THEY FOUND ASBESTOS IN THEIR DAUGHTER'S MAKE-UP.

BUT --

OFFICIALS SAY --

THE PRODUCTS IN QUESTION WERE TESTED AT TWO DIFFERENT CERTIFIED LABS.

BOTH RESULTS CAME BACK --

AND THE THE PRODUCTS ARE ASBESTOS FREE.

Hello Rachel,

Claire's Refutes Asbestos Claims

We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements. As we said previously, we also confirmed that the talc ingredient that is used in the cosmetics was sourced from Merck KGaA and is asbestos free. Any report that suggests that the products are not safe is totally false.

We have shared with Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the certificates of analysis provided by Merck, and plan to share with those agencies the results of the testing being conducted by the independent labs. Return to index of stories...


BONITA AGREEMENT UPDATE-OC-VO


CITY OFFICIALS IN BONITA SPRINGS SAY THEY WILL COORDINATE WITH THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT TO STOP FLOODING ISSUES.

OFFICIALS PASSED THE AGENDA ITEM WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THE CITY ASKED THE DISTRICT TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD MAKE THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING MAJOR WATERWAYS LIKE THE IMPERIAL RIVER.

A SIMILAR AGREEMENT EXISTED IN THE 90'S --

BUT WAS NEVER RENEWED. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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TAX FILINGS ACCEPTED-OC-VO


THE I-R-S SAYS IT WILL SOON START ACCEPTING INCOME TAX RETURNS.

THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS 2017 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS CAN BE FILED AS EARLY AS JANUARY 29-TH.

THOSE WHO WANT TO WAIT HAVE UNTIL APRIL 17-TH TO GET THEIRS IN.

NORMALLY --

APRIL 15-TH IS THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE --

BUT IT FALLS ON A SUNDAY THIS YEAR.

THE I-R-S BELIEVES IT WILL ISSUE A VAST MAJORITY OF REFUNDS WITHIN 21 DAYS OF A RETURN BEING FILED. Return to index of stories...


FROZEN SEA WALLS-OC-VO


YOU MAY NOTICE THE IGUANAS IN YOUR COMMUNITY ACTING STRANGE BECAUSE OF THE COLD.

THEY MAY BE FROZEN!

F-W-C EXPERTS SAY WHEN TEMPERATURES REACH 40 DEGREES --

IGUANAS AND SOME OTHER REPTILES LOSE BLOOD FLOW AND CAN'T MOVE.

IN MIAMI --

SOMEONE CAPTURED CELL PHONE VIDEO OF SOMEONE PICKING UP AN IMMOBILE IGUANA THAT FELL OUT OF A TREE.

A WOMAN WHO LIVES ALONG A CANAL IN THE CAPE SAYS SHE USUALLY SEES THESE REPTILES SUNBATHING ON HER SEA WALL. Return to index of stories...


FROZEN SEA WALLS-SOTVO-OC


Charlotte Bursiek/Cape Coral

08:44:40-48

"It seems like they find an area on the seawall where the sun's really hitting it, and then they'll lay there like they're tanning."

F-W-C EXPERTS DON'T THINK THE COLD TEMPERATURES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WILL LAST LONG ENOUGH TO KILL A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE IGUANA POPULATION.

ONCE THEY WARM UP --

THE IGUANAS WILL START MOVING AGAIN.

DON'T TRY HELPING ONE GET WARM THOUGH --

IT MAY BECOME MOBILE AGAIN --

GET SCARED --

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COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE


THE COLD WEATHER MAY BE TAKING A TOLL ON YOUR BODY --

BUT IT CAN AFFECT YOUR PLANTS TOO.

HOW TO KEEP THEM PROTECTED IN COLD TEMPS.

PALM TREES ARE ALSO BEING AFFECTED BY THE COLD WEATHER.

HOW NURSERIES ARE PLANNING TO KEEP THEM STANDING UPRIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TZ 5A) PLANTS AT RISK-VOTOPS


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TZ 5B) NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-VOTOPS


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TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1


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.

Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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5AM: TOSS TO BRITTANY-ON CAM


PLANTS TAKING A BEATING FROM THE LOWER TEMPERATURES-

MANY RESIDENTS CONCERNED WITH ABOUT THEIR INVESTMENTS.

THAT COULD MEAN THOUSANDS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. Return to index of stories...


5AM: TOSS TO BRITTANY-BOXES


A-B-C-7'S BRITTANY WEINER IS AT WIGGERTS NURSERY IN NORTH FORT MYERS --

WORKERS HAVE BEEN THEIR ALL NIGHT MONITORING TEMPERATURES. BRITTANY? Return to index of stories...


5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-LIVE


WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO DROP BELOW FREEZING THIS MORNING MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING EXTRA STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR PLANTS —

ESPECIALLY HERE AT THE BONSIA NURSERY.

THESE PLANTS ARE JUST TOO BIG TO FIT THEM ALL INSIDE OR IN A GREEN HOUSE.

SO YOU CAN SEE MANY OF THEIR PLANTS COVERED WITH SHEETS.

AS A BUSINESS IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE PLANTS SURVIVE.

SOME OF THESE PLANTS ARE WORTH THOUSANDS. Return to index of stories...


5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-VO


ALL OF THE PLANTS HERE ARE CONSIDERED TROPICAL AND AT RISK OF FREEZING.

ACCORDING TO THE OWNERS NATIVE FLORIDA PLANTS WILL LIKELY BE OK --

BUT IT'S THE TROPICAL PLANTS THAT WON'T SURVIVE THE CONTINUED COLD.

THEY'VE BEEN WATCHING THE TEMPERATURE ALL MORNING --

AND ONCE IT DROPS BELOW 32 --

THEY'LL TURN ON THE SPRINKLERS AND DOUSE THEM WITH WATER—

WHEN THE PLANTS FREEZE OVER --

THAT THIN LAYER OF ICE ACTUALLY PROTECTS THEM FROM THE ELEMENTS. Return to index of stories...


5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-SOT


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5AM: WIGGERTS NURSERY-LIVE


CURRENTLY IT'S XX OUTSIDE —

BUT TEMPERATURES COULD STILL DROP OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS —

SO THE OWNERS ARE CLOSELY WATCHING THE NUMBERS TO SEE IF THEY'LL HAVE TO TAKE ANY EXTRA STEPS TO PROTECT THESE PLANTS. Return to index of stories...


NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-OC-VO


CITRUS AND VEGETABLE FARMERS AREN'T THE ONLY GROWERS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CROPS IN THE COLD.

PALM TREES ARE ALSO AT RISK.

NURSERIES HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT --

USING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS TO COVER THEIR TREES IN WATER.

THIS KEEPS THE TREES AT A STEADY TEMPERATURE.

IT ALSO PREVENTS THEM FROM FREEZING IF IT GETS BELOW 32 DEGREES.

BUT THIS STRATEGY ONLY WORKS IF DONE PROPERLY.

IT REQUIRES THE CONSTANT FLOW OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NIGHT.

GROWERS HOPE THE WARMER WEATHER RETURNS SOON. Return to index of stories...


NFM PALM TREE PROTECTION-SOTVO-OC


Vince Molnar

Owner | Riverland Nursery

00:52:14

Oh man, I hope it goes quick, I'm from Indiana originally and I can't take it. I got my carhart on and I'm ready for warmer weather, get these plans back on display and hopefully it will move through quick

RIVERLAND NURSERY IS OPEN TODAY --

BUT THEY ARE OUT OF FROST CLOTHS FOR SMALL PALMS OR TROPICAL PLANTS.

IF YOU NEED TO PICK SOME UP --

YOU CAN TYPICALLY FIND THEM AT ANY NURSERY OR GARDEN CENTER. Return to index of stories...


4AM: CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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4AM: KMART CLOSING STORES-OC-VO


SEARS AND K-MART ARE CLOSING MORE OF ITS STORES.

SEARS HOLDINGS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY.

CLOSEOUT SALES AT THE AFFECTED LOCATIONS WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK.

BY MAY --

MORE THAN 1-HUNDRED LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED.

NONE OF THEM ARE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

SEARS DIDN'T SAY HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS.

THE COMPANY SAYS ELIGIBLE ASSOCIATES WILL RECEIVE SEVERANCE PAY --

AND HAVE THE CHANCE TO APPLY FOR OPEN POSITIONS AT REMAINING K-MART OR SEARS LOCATIONS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: MACY'S CLOSING STORES-WIPE-VOTOPS


RETAIL GIANT MACY'S WILL CUT 5-THOUSAND JOBS --

AND CLOSE SEVEN MORE STORES IN FLORIDA --

CALIFORNIA AND VERMONT.

THE MOVES ARE PART OF A PLAN ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST 2016 TO CLOSE 1-HUNDRED STORES.

MACY'S REVEALED 81 OF THE 100 LOCATIONS TO BE CLOSING.

STORES WILL LIKELY START LIQUIDATION SALES ON JANUARY EIGHTH. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE SIX


HURRICANE IRMA ALREADY CAUSED DEVASTATION IN COLLIER COUNTY --

NOW MANY FAMILIES ARE BRACING FOR THIS COLD SNAP.

HOW THEY'RE PREPARING IN THE MIDST OF THEIR REFIXING. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6A) COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-VOTOPS


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TECH BYTES-PKG


APPLE APP STORE-Apple says customers bought $890 million worth of purchases in the App store from Dec 24 to Dec 31. And on New Year's Day, people spent $300 Million in the app store.

ALEXA, COOK ME DINNER- Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves.

BUSIEST DATING DAY SUNDAY-Sunday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for online dating. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


SPONSORSHIP SHOULD WIPE TO MONEY SCOPE/ TECH BYTES REPORT Return to index of stories...


PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-LIVE-REM AND LYNX1


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.

Forecast: Chilly start to the weekend

It will be a rather cold start by Florida standards this morning with lows anywhere from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. Winds are beginning to turn out of the east across Southwest Florida which will keep our temperatures from reaching freezing in many areas. While the winds will help keep the freeze and frost away you'll feel a bit of wind chill if you're out early this morning.

As we go through the day it will remain breezy under mostly sunny skies. most areas should get to around 60 degrees this afternoon. It will be another chilly night as we head into Saturday with calmer winds allowing temperatures closer to the coast to get back down into the 30s. A bit of cloud cover by early morning should limit our temperature potential, but it still should be one of the colder nights we've had in the past few years.

Conditions warm considerably for the rest of the weekend with highs in the mid 60s Saturday afternoon and in the 70s Sunday afternoon. We'll wake up in the 40s Sunday morning.

No rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but by Tuesday morning a weak cold front will bring us a chance for showers. The warming trend continues next week with highs near 80 degrees possible. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-OC-VO


FAMILIES IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE STILL DEALING WITH POST-IRMA AFFECTS.

THE COLD TEMPERATURES ARE PUTTING A FINANCIAL STRAIN ON MANY FAMILIES.

MANY ARE STILL WAITING TO GET THEIR ROOFS REPAIRED.

SOME FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR TARPS -- AND HAVE HUGE HOLES IN THEIR CEILINGS.

WITH THE COLD SNAP -- IT'S EXPENSIVE TO TO HEAT HOMES WITH NO ROOFS.

MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T HAVE EXTRA MONEY AFTER PAYING FOR ALL OF THE HURRICANE IRMA REPAIRS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER IRMA AND THE COLD-SOTVO


JOHN STETLER

NAPLES

11:18

A lot of people don't have insurance, me included. That's why I was counting on FEMA:23— I know they wouldn't give me the full amount. I've had to put on credit cards which I had to pay extra for.:31

A FEMA SPOKESPERSON SAYS MORE THAN 30 FAMILIES IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE IN ITS HOUSING PROGRAM.

AS OF LAST MONTH --

MORE THAN 40 MILLION DOLLARS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS IN COLLIER.

47 MILLION IN LEE COUNTY --

AND 4 MILLION IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: ISLAND PARK COMMUNITY-OC-VO


PEOPLE LIVING IN ISLAND PARK BATTLED FLOODING IN AUGUST --

IRMA IN SEPTEMBER --

AND NOW THEY'RE FIGHTING WIND AND COLD.

MANY HOMES ARE STILL COVERED WITH BLUE TARPS.

KEEPING WARM IS A CONCERN AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP.

MANY PEOPLE IN THE AREA TELL US THEIR BELONGINGS ARE STILL SITTING IN STORAGE.

MANY ARE WAITING FOR INSURANCE CHECKS -- TO HELP FINISH THOSE REPAIRS.

A TRIPLE WHAMMY FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN ISLAND PARK.

SERIOUS FLOODING IN AUGUST--

THEN IRMA--

AND NOW --

WINDS AND COLD WHILE REPAIRING ROOFS AND HOMES --

TAKE VO-

MANY STILL COVERED WITH BLUE TARPS.

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

CREWS ARE WORKING TO REPAIR DESTROYED FLOORS AND DAMAGE DRY WALL-

MANY HOMEOWNER BELONGINGS SIT IN STORAGE OUTSIDE.

TAKE SOT-

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

TAKE VO-

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...


NEWS AT 6-CLIP


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1) TEAM COVERAGE TEASE-2SHOT


AND STAY WITH US THIS MORNING--

AS WE CONTINUE YOUR TEAM COVERAGE--

ON THIS COLD SNAP IN FLORIDA.

WE ARE LIVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS MORNING--

GETTING YOU MORE. Return to index of stories...


2) CITRUS CARE-VO


PLUS---

THE COLD TEMPERATURES--

FORCING CITRUS GROWERS--

TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT.

WE'LL CHECK IN AT ONE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S CITRUS FARMS. Return to index of stories...


BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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