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allyson: happening today, clean-up in the carolinas. after severe weather hit the carolinas, we'll show you the damage that the wind left behind. geoff: also in this morning's headlines, presidential hopeful hillary clinton talks gun control. we spoke with her exclusively. more on that straight ahead. allyson: when the democratic primary comes this weekend, there will be a name on the ballot that you may not recognize. right now many people in our area are in the dark. geoff: duke energy is reporting that just over 3,700 people are without power in greenville. in spartanburg, 3,500. in anderson, there are over 1000 customers without power. in rutherford, also over 1000 customers without power. i'm geoff hart. allyson: and i'm allyson powell .
be breezy. we have mostly sunny conditions to the full or two in the upstate. 41 will feel colder. we take a look at live super doppler 4 hd, the weather visory continues for the mountains where we have seen some flurries overnight. wind advisories to the south. still very windy today. a few flurries in the mountains early and that will change over to a rain-snow mix. you'll want to check our website, www.wyff4.com, for any reports of delays across western north carolina because of that. low 40's -- a breeze at 14 to 20-plus to make it feel cooler.
is going to hang with us a while today. 52 in greenville, spartanburg will. asheville, low 40's best today. we'll talk more about the rest of the week in just a few minutes. allyson: today will be a busy day for clean-up in the carolinas. severe weather blanketed the carolinas yesterday. but it's the wind that created most of the damage left behind. take a look at this damage on west main street in spartanburg. three businesses were open at the time. and insurance agent happened to witness the destruction. >> sitting at the stop sign, all of the sudden a gust of wind hit the roof and i watched it blow off and then a power line disconnected and sparks were jumping everywhere. allyson: drivers were not safe in the wind either.
windshield. on that same road, a tree fell onto an suv. both drivers are ok. another impact from the wind. a lot of power outages. some utility poles were actually snapped in half, like the ones you see here on southport road. the good news, duke energy crews are out this morning. they're continuing to work to get the power back on. geoff: those power outages also affected traffic lights. this happened in greenville along highway 25 at roe ford road. firefighters tell us two vehicles collided after the traffic lights went out. two cyclists who were riding in a group also got hit by a car. however, no one was seriously hurt. the strong winds are blamed for the death of a man in the pee pee dee area. he was killed yesterday in darlington county. officials say the man was walking when a strong gust of wind took down a tree branch. it fell on top of him, killing him. and check out this tornado video from henderson, north carolina.
our meteorologists say that tornado was traveling at a speed of 60 milers per hour. we are continuing to monitor the weather. we'll bring you the latest updates on our wyff 4 mobile app. keep an eye on the weather, track the storm, and get the latest weather warnings and alerts. allyson: turning to commitment 2016, the south carolina democratic primary is saturday. there will be a name on the democratic ballot that you may not recognize. geoff: dr. willie wilson also wants your vote for president. we caught up to wilson last night at the phillis wheatley community center in greenville. he says part of the reason you may not have heard of him is because of his own party. >> been totally unfair. they kept me off the debates. they said they haven't sanctioned me, so therefore they say i am not a democratic candidate because we are not entitled to the rights and privilege as those ones they sanction. geoff: wilson will be on the ballot in south carolina and 10
allyson: hillary clinton and bernie sanders have been in south carolina in recent days. but they've not made a habit of campaigning in the state. since april of last year, they've made fewer than 30 visits to south carolina. a majority of them not in the upstate. >> i don't know if you've looked around your neighborhood, but there really aren't a lot of democrats in the upstate. we have a few pockets of them. but if you surveyed the elected officials in the upstate, you'd find that there are very few democrats. allyson: this week both clinton and sanders have no scheduled trips north of columbia before saturday's primary. geoff: hillary clinton made a campaign stop in west columbia. she met with members of the alpha kappa alpha sorority yesterday. and among the guests, steve hurd, the husband of cynthia hurd. she was one of the emanuel nine killed in charleston last summer. she was an aka member. later in the afternoon, clinton talked with news 4 about gun violence.
90 people a day. that is 33,000 people a year. i just find it appalling, and i wewere not coming together to find ways to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and i am going to keep working on it. geoff: you can see more of that hillary clinton interview tonight on wyff news 4. allyson: harry reid is endorsing hillary clinton. mr. reid: i think the middle class would be better served by hillary. she is a person who is a very quick learner. all you need to do is look at what happened after 9/11. she fought for new york like i've never seen anyone fight. allyson: clinton also won the endorsement of the longshoreman's union. she thanked the members in charleston yesterday. geoff: tonight all remaining republican candidates will take the stage for a final debate before super tuesday. the debate kicks off at 8:30
cnn will air it from the university of houston. allyson: former president bill clinton will be in the upstate today on behalf of his wife. he'll tour the golden strip career center at 2:00 this afternoon in mauldin. he's also scheduled to attend a get-out-and-vote rally in spartanburg. that's at 4:30 at the gb hodge athletic center at usc upstate. geoff: great to have you with us on this thursday. that was some kind of wednesday. dale: that storm was generating so much wind. boy, those thunderstorms yesterday did a lot of damage. this morning, we have partly cloudy skies. here are a couple of colors showing up on the map this morning. winter weather advisories for these spine of the mountains
morning in wanyyne and madison county. check out website about any information about possible delay's. from columbia to the coast, wind advisories continue. breezy in the upstate. windy for the region today. 41 in greenville. 37 in asheville. low 30's in waynesville, 31. black mountain, 37. temperatures will reach for the upstate into the low 50's. mountains will struggle to get into the 40's. it will feel colder with the wind we are seeing in western north carolina and for the upstate.
watch out for tree limbs here and there. upper 30's to low 40's in the mountains. tomorrow temperatures much like today and saturday maybe a couple of degrees better. low 60's for the upstate this weekend. geoff: thank you. strong winds are to blame for major storms. the damage left behind. allyson: a spartanburg teenager
why she donated her entirepresident barack obama is considering a republican...to replace the late supreme court geoff: madison county on a two-hour delay this morning. president obama is considering a republican to replace the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. that is according to nbc news. sources say nevada governor brian sandoval is being vetted by the white house. sandoval is a former federal judge. he's considered a moderate republican in his home state. republicans on the senate judiciary committee have said there will be no hearing on a nominee from the president. as you may recall, scalia died 11 days ago. he was 79. allyson: more talk about the
guantanamo bay, cuba. senator lindsey graham joined mccain and kelly ayotte. they say the plan doesn't include any information about held and how these facilities would be operated. the senators say the president didn't include any costs associated with the plan or offer any protection for those who interrogate terrorists. graham says the u.s. needs a plan that sets a good example for handling future detainees. >> the world is not short on people who would cut your head off without a trial. what the world needs is a leader who can organize the world around the value system that's stood the test of time. allyson: the senators called on their republican and democratic colleagues to come up with a better plan. geoff: the same system that brought severe storms in the south is bringing snow to the texas panhandle. weather here caught on camera, coming up.
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dale: here is some video from boone. you can see it blowing snow. the mountains getting some flurries of snow across the area. doesn't seem to be a problem on the roads. there is a two-hour delay in graham and madison county. winter weather advisories for the mountains of georgia and north carolina. madison, swain seeing some action early. as we expand our view, look at the cold air from canada, impacting the ohio valley and parts of north carolina, virginia with flurries of snow this morning. temperatures drop down cold again. 29 in boone.
let's check on a few other communities. 41 in chesnee. 42 in union. try on, 40. we are getting 15 to 20-plus mile-per-hour winds. in boone it feels like 12. it feels like freezing for greenville and spartanburg. temperatures average 59 for a high this time of year. the record is 79. we can have very warm days this time. of year asheville 53 on average for a high. clouds and flurries in breezy conditions we're seeing today. gradual improvement over the next couple of days.
normal by sunday. it looks like a mild week next week. low 50's for the upstate this afternoon. asheville, upper 30's to low 40 range at best. looking ahead we see temperatures tomorrow from 40 to 52 for a high and still breezy in the mountains. sunday above nororl with 60 34 anderson. looks like a good end to the weekend. geoff: thank you. turning to some severe weather video now. tornadoes ripped through parts of central north carolina yesterday. take a look at the damage. they tore roofs off of homes and knocked down trees. at least four tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in the state. soft-ball-sized hail also fell in some of the same areas. nationwide this week, strong storms have decimated parts of
and virginia. at least seven deaths have been contributed to the storms. those severe storms made their way up the east coast, leaving a path of destruction all the way from the carolinas to pennsylvania. last night, firefighters in lancaster county, pennsylvania, responded to numerous reports of collapsed homes, downed trees, and downed power lines. first responders searched through the buildings and tree limbs to see if anyone was trapped, but have not found any victims so far. allyson: check out this drone video from florida. a tornado ripped a two-mile path through pensacola. nearly 100 homes and apartments suffered severe damage. geoff: in virginia, appomattox county was hit hard by the severe weather. there are numerous reports of downed trees, fallen power lines, and storm damage. active rescues are going on in essex county, where several people are reportedly trapped in rubble. the wind-packed weather system even knocked out phone service to a state police unit. crews were working to fix the problem.
who have no power. allyson: a line of strong, dangerous storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings and caused flooding in the washington, d.c., area. the storm left thousands of people without power and brought strong winds and hail. a d.c. metro parking garage flooded, with water reaching curbs. metro officials opened the gates so drivers could leave more easily, and maintenance crews were on hand. major flight delays are reported at all three of the region's major airports. two faculty members from spartanburg methodist college showed the world they have moves. that's president scott cochran and economics professor jonathan keisler. the duo joined the school's new hip-hop dance team, the blue chucks, for just one number. it took place at the school's auditorium. it was a full house. this was the group's first public performance. geoff: there were showing off their moves. hollywild animal park in spartanburg county wants to make
asking for public support. the park held a public forum at the spartanburg area chamber of commerce yesterday. around 25 people attended to discuss how they can help keep the park in business. recently, the park has suffered a devastating fire, criticism from peta, and a list of violations from the usda. hollywild says they've made the required changes. the executive director says hollywild needs to raise $500,000 this year. >> it's an ambitious goal, we realize, but in 16 years we've never asked likek this before. we're asking now. really trying to establish existence for hollywild's 15-16 existence long into the future. geoff: the park, which is a nonprofit, has never done a full-fledged fundraising campaign. the executive director says it's important that the park is honest and forthright about their issues. she says they've hired a new curator who used to hold the position at the greenville zoo. allyson: the lions club
years old and chose the spartanburg lions to help celebrate the years of volunteer work done. the lions vice president bob corlew and fellow lions made a stop in the upstate yesterday to the south carolina school for the deaf and the blind. this is part of the lions centennial bus tour. the group is making 26 stops in nine southeast states to unveil plans for the assocations 100th anniversary. >> our purpose in doing the tour is to meet with lions members and the communities we pass through to talk to them and see the types of projects that they are doing to help the local community because lions, of course it's our goal to serve and make each community better. allyson: the group also discussed how lions can best serve the needs of a new century. geoff: a spartanburg teenager celebrated her birthday by giving back. this is the third year she's done so. 14-year-old ginger dailey presented all of her birthday money, $1500, to the gibbs
it's all in memory of her grandfather. >> me and my papa were really close, and three years ago he passed away from cancer, so i wanted to make a donation to other people to help treat them. geoff: the funds will go toward spartanburg regional's cancer special needs fund. that helps pay for medicine, transportation, and other unexpected expenses for cancer patients. allyson: sometimes the "like" button doesn't cut it when expressing how you feel about a facebook post. that's why the site is rolling
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super doppler 4 hd weather forecast. dale: no problems. we have partly cloudy skies in the upstate. still some snow in the mountains of north carolina in madison county, which is on a two-hour delay. a little bit of action going on in swain. that is why the winter weather advisory continues in the mountains. we will see a breezy day today but it should reach 54 in the upstate today.
a few flurries here and there. upper 30's and low 40's will be the best the mountains can see today. we had the wind all day yesterday. geoff: that wind was blowing. allyson: some storm. it had me scared. it had me worried. dale: a lot of people without power. allyson: in this morning's buzz, move over "like" button. you've got some competition on facebook. geoff: facebook is expanding its users' ability to react to something on their news feeds. the social networking site used to only have a thumbs-up button if you wanted to "like" something. allyson: now if you hover your mouse arrow over the thumbs-up button, you can chose from like, love, ha-ha, wow, sad, or angry. facebook says it tested the reactions in a few markets last year and received good reviews. geoff: the new options are already available, whether
your mobile devices. allyson: i think it makes sense. if you put something really sad up as a post, you do not want to say i like that. geoff: all right. a good move by facebook. >> live, local, breaking news. this is wyff news 4 today in high definition. geoff: happening today, clean-up in the carolinas. after severe weather hit the carolinas, we'll show you the damage that the wind left behind. mrs. clinton: i'm not taking any voter for granted. i'm going to work until the very end. allyson: also in this morning's headlines, presidential hopeful hillary clinton talks gun control. we spoke with her exclusively. geoff: when the democratic primary comes this weekend, there will be a name on the ballot that you may not recognize.
this is the calm after the storm. dale: we had the stormy weather yesterday. still getting some flurries of carolina. two-hour delay for graham and madison counties so far. low 40's in the upstate. it feels colder with that wind loading. 41 mile-per-hour winds in boone. 12 to 17-plus across the upstate. it feels like 12 in boone. 24 in hendersonville. dress warmly this morning. 52 this afternoon. upper 30's, low 40 range for the mountains.