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commonwealth in a state of emergency. "it's about 12 to 15 miles long this tornado" efforts from state leaders... as well as local rescue groups to return peace... and power... to the area. w-s-l-s ten is bringing you team coverage ... on all angles of the storm... as the recovery process begins. good evening... and thanks for joining us for w- s-l-s ten at five. i'm john carlin. and i'm lindsey ward. the national weather service confirms... an e-f 3 tornado touched down in appomattox county. that makes yesterday's tornado the strongest to ever hit the county. governor terry mcauliffe got a first hand look at the damage today. his first stop was in evergreen... where 100 homes are estimated to be damaged or destroyed. we walked along with him as he assessed the damage ... met with the national weather service and locals whose homes were damaged. he also toured the damage by helicopter for an aerial view. gov mcauliffe "as you look around and you begin to see entire areas of
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gigantic trees just snapped in half. it goes for 12 to 15 miles which i was just amazed at the length and the width of this tornado that struck here." the governor handed his personal number to victims in case they need assistance. he says he's asking the federal government for money to help with cleanup costs. wsls 10s rachel lucas was there during his walking tour- and spoke with several families who are left with nothing. she joins us now live from evergreen... rachel? it wasn't until daylight after the storm the people of evergreen could really grasp the devastation... the governor said in his fly over today that the path of the storm is 12 to 15 miles long. he walked across these fields where homes used to stand talking to homeowners looking for anything they have left that wasn't destroyed. one of those was tracie morgan-
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the day after- families here in evergreen search the rubble of their homes - looking to salvage anything they can. many houses were leveled. it's now hard to imagine that anyone used to live here. but up close - you'll see small treasures of what these families used to call home. joshua: 1:02:59:25 "right there where you see those cinderblocks, that used to be her foundation. 1:03:08:27 that's her car- that's my brothers car" joshua burchett and tracie morgan's mothers home is completely gone. joshua was away at work when the storm hit. tracie was next door in her home that also was damaged, but that was the least of her worries....they knew their brother was asleep at their mothers home. tracie: 1:03:40:08 " as soon as everything stopped i just looked out the door and i saw that the house was gone and that's when i went into panic mode trying to find my brother" for an hour and half- they couldn't find him. joshua: 1:02:30:21 "we just went looking he ended up, he got pulled out of the living room and got thrown against the brick houses right there at and wound up in the neighbors house. he's in
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tracie: his dog woke him up and i guess the wall started to come down and he just got torn out of the house despite his injuries, their brother was saved...but the family member who saved him didn't make it. tracie: 1:05:12:02 "the saved his life, we found her dead just a little bit ago so we've wrapped her up and we are little bit." while their family has lost still have a lot to be thankful for tracie: 1:05:43:24 some people have nothing and i just think god for what i do have and it's his birthday today so this is his birthday present as cleaning up this mess. joshua: "yep today is my birthday." while their possessions may be gone, their brother will make a recovery...and now that the storm has passed they still have each other 1:06:03:28 joshua:"i'm just glad that my family is home whole. so that's all i could ask for. so many things taken for granted. this really makes you look around and know what you have. it means the world." it's touching to hear their
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and despite the damage done there is still much this community thankful for. in evergreen rachel lucas wsls10 we know now the name of the man who died during the tornado in appomattox county. 78 year old edward keith harris was found near his home on twin tunnel lane around 10 last night. harris' family along with first responders searched for his body after the storm hit. susan harris / niece of victim "he was extremely distraught. they searched for hours and finally we came home and had to rest. finally they had to rest and we got word that they found him. his mobile home was destroyed." to prevent further injury-- appomattox county officials are asking people to avoid areas
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they're also reminding people to be aware of loose limbs ... downed power lines and debris as powerful winds continue to wipe through the area. only ones searching through debris today. the national weather service was in appomattox county surveying the damage. they were carefully looking at the damage... to determine the strength of the storm. for more on what the national we turn to storm team 10 meteorologist jonathan kegges... who continues our live team coverage in evergreen... jonathan ? first off you don't need me or the national weather service to tell you that there is so much devastation throughout the town. it breaks your heart to see peoples' lives thrown across this nearby field. as you mentioned the national weather service was surveying the damage to classify how strong the winds were and assign it its number on the enhanced fujita scale. here is some video of the survey
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video of the survey team meeting with the governor earlier this afternoon. not only are they looking at the damage, but they are looking at what the structure is. a home, a mobile home and what the structure is made out of. for example it's much harder to crumble a brick building versus a wood building. in addition to the rating they will estimate the path length and width. in this case what are we seeing behind you right now? what kind of damage are we looking at? category here. for an e-f 1 you're looking for
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shingles torn off. you can clearly see we are well past that as the roof of this house is gone. reporting live in evergreen... i'm meteorologist jonathan kegges wsls 10. like jonathan said... the national weather service has been out all day... assessing the damage... to determine the strength of the storms that touched down in our area. for a complete break down of their latest information... we turn now to storm team ten chief meteorologist jeff haniewich... jeff? after yesterday's severe weather and tornado outbreak across the region, it was nice to see a
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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 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 or 50 mph. in addition to the wind, we did have mountain snow showers today too. parts
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through virginia ... they left a path of destruction in their wake. according to the latest numbers... four people died as a result of the severe weather... and at least two dozen were hurt... several critically. 100 buildings in appomattox county are now damaged... including 20 homes which have been completely destroyed. and about 40- percent of the county is without power. virginia's national guard has also mobilized. more than 40 soldiers are on state active duty... as part of a multi-agency effort to help the areas... including patrick county... that were hit by an e-f one tornado. so far... the guard is focusing on debris removal efforts... like clearing blocked roads. an aerial team is also on stand-by to help with damage assessment. the town of waverly in sussex
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three of the storm's four deaths come from the small town. we turn now to kerri o-brien... who talks to residents about the loss. a trail of debris and devastion... pieces of metal, wood and insulation all scattered about in this area not far from where three people were killed. today i spoke with some of the folks who found the victims. pkg allison matthews/waver ly resident 49:04 "he was like it in the bathtub, get in the bathtub and me, her and the two year olds jumped in the bathtub, he was throwing blankets over the top of us and by the time he did that he was like everything's gone, the sheds gone, everything is gone, it was like 45 seconds." allison matthews and aulbrie senn were shocked to see the destruction around their family's home, it had happened so quickly. 51:17 aulbrie "we never got a warning we never got a siren it just happened." and then their neighbor david root got word three people were missing. david root 4:00 "when it was done we came out and there is the woman
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this trailer we found from a google image lifted off its foundation with two men and a two year old boy inside.it slammed into a church and then was carried on about a quarter of a mile into the woods behind allison's and aulbrie's family home. david root 4:49 " there's tons of debris scattered in the woods from the home up in the trees." david 4:07 " and that's when six or seven of us started going through the woods." allison 51:41 "i was in water waste deep from the swamp i was a hundred yards from the baby." 5:04 david " the one gentleman who was ahead of us a couple steps ahead shouted he saw he found something and sure enough the two men were there." we're continuing our team coverage of the tornado recovery throughout our 90 minutes of news. you can also receive updates even when we're not on the air.
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news and weather apps. or you can visit our website wsls dot com for the latest conditions. still ahead on w-s-l-s ten at five... top g-o-p candidates stop in the roanoke valley... as part of their path to the presidency. the newest white house hopeful to
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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
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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 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 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,
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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! the lower 60s will stay in the forecast early next week too! monday, though, will probably see a little more cloud cover. late in the day we may even see a few showers in the
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comes to the roanoke valley. which g-o-p candidate will be in roanoke this sunday... next. in your w-s-l-s ten political
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in your w-s-l-s ten political coverage... roanoke college is the latest campus in the commonwealth to entertain a presidential hopeful. senator marco rubio will be in the star city sunday. rubio will speak at the college's c- homer bast center starting at 8-30 p-m. donald trump will stop at radford university monday.
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yesterday... and is already polarizing the campus. wsls 10's bethany teague spoke with students on both political sides about how they plan to let their voices be heard. emotions are running high. grant gurley radford university i was really excited for it. sarah rodden radford university graduate we don't even want this event to be successful. nick thayer radford university i plan on holding a sign. i plan on wearing a bernie sanders t-shirt outside. one thing radford university students can agree on.. donald trump's upcoming visit to the dedmon center monday.. is the talk of campus. grant gurley radford university that's the buzz. that's what everybody's talking about. the free tickets were gone by thursday morning. but that doesn't necessarily mean trump will be addressing a "capacity" crowd. r-u graduate sarah rodden got 125 tickets to the event. but she doesn't plan to attend or give the tickets away. :38-:41 sarah rodden radford university graduate if enough people could get tickets and not go, the empty seats would speak more volumes. rodden says r-u students and graduates across the country are joining her in this effort. but,some believe this approach is unfair. :55-:58
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radford university i think that's pretty irresponsible. i don't think that's respectful in any way. taking away those seats is really hurting our community and radford's image on respecting all candidates. the university says it will honor the trump campaign's decision as to whether empty seats will be filled at the last minute if ticketholders don't show up. some groups are planning to protest inside by bringing books and reading through the rally. others.. like junior nick thayer.. plan to protest outside.. but will pay close attention once trump begins. 1:23-1:26 nick thayer radford university for any presidential candidate to come speak at our university, that's an awesome educational opportunity, regardless of who you're supporting. some are ready for dialogue. some are drawing battle lines. which crowd.. if any.. ends up in the dedmon center monday remains to be seen. in radford bethany teague wsls 10. coming up tonight on w-s-l-s ten at 5-30... we'll have more on yesterday's deadly storms... including how the power of one... continues to help
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pause for nats banner in cont vo dawn deaths ... injuries ... and destruction across the state. sot 8:10:06 we believe there were a total of 8 tornados 12:11 types of tornados at the end of february is truly astounding. 19:27 cont vo of drone footage change as crews assess the damage ... and families search through piles of rubble that were once homes ... in salvageable. john open under we have live team coverage in appomattox county ... insert 3 box where we now know an e-f-3 tornado touched down ... bring with it winds up to 165 miles-per-hour. good evening and thanks for joining us for wsls ten at 5:30.

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