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neck of the state. four virginians died during the tornadoes .. including 78- year-old edward harris of appomattox county. state police say .. his wife was among the seven people hurt during the storm. two of them remain in the hospital tonight. meanwhile -- 20 homes and 100 other structures were damaged. as communities band together to pull through -- wsls 10's jonathan kegges kicks off our team coverage for us -- live in evergreen tonight. jonathan .. i understand despite the damage .. you've noticed hope is prevailing? guys we now know that it was an ef 3 tornado with winds of 136-165mph that ripped through the town of evergreen. while that number may mean very little to people who lost their homes in wednesday's twister...the people in this tight-knit town are focusing on
"we will rebuild. this is who we are as a country" the community of evergreen stands together the day after a violent ef3 tornado devastated the community. 08-16 "on over in the community it's three or four houses that are totally gone. there's nothing left on them only the foundation." scattered throughout the destruction though are signs of hope. a sign that reads pray stands in the second story of susan harris' family house. "that's our message to everyone that has texted or called and asked what can we do. we don't even know what to tell people to do" 24-31 the people of evergreen were looking for hope whether it was from above or from strangers that became friends on the ground. 37-41 "it broke my heart. i do believe that when we see problems in the world we are the solution," these friends walking along 460 they came across an american flag intertwined in the debris. 54-59 "notice there was an american flag tangled up in the power
americans we're strong." while the storm has passed, the pain remains for now and that's why this community will continue to hope as they rebuild for the future. "today we need a prayer for our community because as everyone can see it's just devastating." and it's going to take sometime again this afternoon the national weather service confirmed ef3 tornado damage. that's wind of 136-165 mph. something more indicative of the midwest and not virginia. reporting live jonathan kegges wsls 10. thank you jonathan. storm team 10 spent hours on the air, keeping you updated, before and after the historic tornado hit wednesday. we turn things back over now to chief meteorologist jeff haniewich now. jeff -- you did some digging today .. after the national weather
having e-f-3 intensity. i understand .. this is a local record-breaker for the month of february? after yesterday's severe weather and tornado outbreak across the region, it was nice to see a more tranquil day even though the wind was howling. let's talk about the two tornadoes confirmed: 1 evergreen in appomattox county ef3, winds: 136- 165 path width: 400 yds width of four football fields path length: 13 miles 7 injuries, 1 fatality 2 ararat ef1, winds 95-105 path width: 0.5 miles path length: 1.75 miles no injuries our thoughts and prayers remain with all involved in yesterday's tornadoes. it was no doubt very windy on thursday, with some gusts over 50 mph. it will remain windy for us through friday. as a matter of fact, a wind advisory remains in effect for areas along and west of the parkway until 7:00a on friday. these are the locations that could continue to
or 50 mph. in addition to the wind, we did have mountain snow showers today too. parts of the nrv and highlands did return to winter today, with the favored west slopes above 2000 feet picking up on a light accumulation in spots. that chance for west slope snow showers governor terry mcauliffe traveled to apppomattox county today to assess the damage. the governor says .. the commonwealth will appeal to the federal department of emergency management for help. wsls 10's rachel lucas is also joining us live from appomattox county tonight. rachel -- you talked to a woman who met up with governor mcauliffe during his tour. the impact she felt from the storm was very different from what some of her family members lived through. absolutely- governor mcauliffe met with tracie morgan and her brother today. theyve been searching the rubble and debris you see here
this used to be their mothers home. now it's completely gone. when the tornado hit evergreen last night the family night the family was in seperate homes. luckily tracie's home is still standing....but when she walked outside she noticed her mothers home where her brother was sleeping was destroyed. it took them about an hour and a half to find him. he was ripped from his home and thrown across the yard....thankfully he had a four legged family member that saved him. tracie morgan, lives in appomattox co.: "he was inside and he was sleeping and his dog woke him up and i guess the wall started to come down. he got thrown over there. the sad
dead just a little bit ago. so we wrapped her up and are going to bury her." the community has certainly come together and we've met a lot of people with incredible stories of survival. while many have lost everything, they say they have a lot left to be thankful for. in evergreen rachel lucas wsls 10. as jeff mentioned ... the national weather service has confirmed an e-f-1 tornado in patrick county. these are vivid images of the destruction left behind in ararat. national guard soldiers are stationed there tonight to assist with the clean-up. meanwhile .. appomattox county community members are helping one another. wsls 10's colter anstaett joins us now live. colter -- the animal shelter is without power and water tonight?
running and do you have some power and some water now. but it's not the best and up until this afternoon they had been without power. that's why people like robin paulette have been donating water to the shelter. robin paulette, donating water to shelter: " so far .. no pets have been brought in from the storm. if your pet needs a place to go .. you can take it to the shelter. live in appomattox county .. colter
we're learning "god's pit crew" will load trucks with relief supplies and head to appomattox tomorrow morning. the group plans to send blessing buckets .. gatorade .. and water around 10 a-m. g-p-c will also help with tree removal and other clean-up efforts in tappahannock. the american red cross has an emergency shelter in place at 2-20 community lane. disaster mental health volunteers are there .. tending to community member's emotional needs as well. gleaning for the world is also helping. the county has also established a help line. if you have questions -- call 4-3-4 .. 3-5-2 .. 2-6-3-7. after the break ... we'll continue our coverage on the rising cost of college here in the commonwealth. in a special education report -- what virginia lawmakers are
dollars in debt. a virginia delegate says about one-million virginians owe more than $30- billion in student loans. tonight... wsls 10's jenna zibton continues a special education matters report -- taking a closer look at how students and lawmakers are working to lower the cost of college. 21:2:10 colby bender, radford university senior / sga president i'm going to be in debt about $60,000 when i leave radford which is pretty substantial. 21:17:38 sofia rosales, radford university freshman do not super i'm looking at a good $30-$40,000 that includes housing also radford university students are lobbying for lower costs... and a student voice. goi to washington.... d richmdlking to lawmakersout theincosts of llege.0-:25 21:4:30 colby bender, radford university senior / sga president - it's necessary to raise tuition sometimes but it's gotten so out of hand and financial aid in virginia is just so inconsistently funded students don't really have the opportunity especially if you're
family to go to college 46 lawmakers are listening. virginia lawmakers passed new laws... after a series of key findings in the "joint legislative audit and review commission" report. one law limits the percentage of student fees that can be used for athletics programs... after the report found mandatory athletic fees averaged 12- percent of student tuition and fees in 2012-2013. schools must report fees... and publish those online. and... review staffing... especially highly paid supervisors with only one employee under them... something one local school is already doing... and finding savings. 1:07-:1:12 23:32:35 jenna zibton radford university says it's important to maintain the quality programs that they've always had but they're trying to be more efficient making sure they don't have too much staff in one area and making sure return on investment there is always there when they spend money 51 1:23-1:27 senator mark warner, d-va the challenge is with student debt now at 1.3 trillion greater than
fact that many of these young people are out not starting families, not buying that first house, not starting a new business because they're trapped with so much debt means that it stalls the economic recovery senators mark warner... and tim kaine held a roundtable with college students from around virginia... and say changes can be made. 7:28:26 senator mark warner, d-va there are common sense things we can do. allowing students to refinance their debt at a lower interest rate, making it easier to start at a community college and then go on to a four-year institution and have those credits fully transfer. a complete no- brainer saying that if a company can allow an employee to go back and get such education with pretax dollars let's let that same company use pretax dollars to pay down student debt 53 21:3:11 colby bender, radford university senior / sga president for me it does seem very very crippling. it seems like it's going to be very insurmountable to get my way out of debt jenna several bills have been proposed this legislative session--- one would make it possible to re-finance student loans... much like you re-finance your house.
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ef3, winds: 136- 165 path width: 400 yds width of four football fields path length: 13 miles 7 injuries, 1 fatality 2 ararat in patrick county ef1, winds 95-105 path width: 0.5 miles path length: 1.75 miles no injuries our thoughts and prayers remain with all involved in yesterday's tornadoes. it was no doubt very windy on thursday, with some gusts over 50 mph. it will remain windy for us through friday. as a matter of fact, a wind advisory remains in effect for areas along and west of the parkway until 7:00a on friday. these are the locations that could continue to see wind gusts over 40
wind, we did have mountain snow showers today too. parts of the nrv and highlands did return to winter today, with the favored west slopes above 2000 feet picking up on a light accumulation in spots. that chance for west slope snow showers will continue through this evening. tonight: mostly cloudy with any mountain snow showers ending, blustery with lows in the upper 20s to near 30. friday: partly to mostly sunny, cool & breezy with highs in the lower 40s. the weekend is looking very nice for outdoor activities. both days will be mainly sunny. and temperatures will go up through the period. saturday will top out in the mid-to-upper 40s, while on sunday, we should hit the lower 60s!
and with hs hoops region titles up for grabs in the coming days.. our own alyssa rae checks in with another local power-- thinking repeat..in 2016.. as the saying goes, "every dog has it's day." well for the martinsville bulldogs, that day came last year, winning the 2a basketball state championship. jeff adkins/martinsvi lle head coach:"it's very hard to repeat as champions, everybody is gunning for you and every game gets tougher at this stage." in martinsville, the hunt to become a bulldog starts when they're just little pups, and this pack has played together for years. aaron martin/bulldogs junior: "we've just been playing for a long time, i just feel like we know each other a lot and it feels like my brothers out there playing together." the big dog on this squad is 6 foot 7, radford bound devonnte holland, who sniffed out his 2 thousandth point in their 92-47 victory over appomatix monday in the first round of
devonnte holland/bulldo gs senior: "it was unbelievable because when i hit my free throw to hit my 2 thousandth, all my teammates and fans they just all went crazy." martinsville has only suffered 3 losses this season. up next, they'll be chasing a win in the 2a semifinals against gate city. alyssa rae/wsls 10 sports :"martinsville high school boys basketball team has 14 state titles, including last years state championship. this year the team hopes to send the seniors out with #15." - arae martin: "i want to repeat, just to do it for the seniors basically, send them out with a bang." while the bulldogs know to take it game by game, make no bones about it. they want to fetch another championship in 2016. adkins: "if you look around here we have 14 state championship banners and it's in them to want to win another title."- in martinsville, alyssa rae wsls 10 sports. atlanta is next.. here's the lastest from
the daytona 500 victory grabbed by denny hamlin-- reminds everyone that last season...is not forgotten.. kyle busch's first sprint cup title...was simply a culmination of the gibbs team..reaching the pinnacle of the sport.. and that fearsome foursome of drivers...will all need to be reconned with.. kyle busch/2015 nascar champ:"..you know us for coming together was the biggest motivation motivating motivating factor of us being upfront most of the day great day for joe gibbs racing really pumped for joe to get back to victory lane here " this week--it's atlanta, and the 2016 aero package will debut.. simply put...its a combination of a shorter spoiler and splitter and a smaller radiator pan.. that decreases the downforce--mak ing the cars harder to handle... and placing a premium....on driver skill--which should lead..to more passing. . vhsl region semis tonight.. sergio....leads honda big south men back on action tonight..
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