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January 2, 2013
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 31, 2013
According to Appalachian Power and the National Weather Service, the threat of a dam failure at the Byllesby/Buck hydroelectric dam on the New River has been downgraded. Officials in Wythe County warned residents of a potential dam failure earlier Thursday. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service: The latest information received from American Electric Power is that the problems at the Byllesby/Buck hydroelectic dams on the New River have been mitigated to some extent.
March 29, 2010
The National Weather Service has declared Virginia Tech "Storm Ready"! The university had to meet a series of requirements to get the distinction. Tech's emergency management director said most of the pieces, like alert and emergency plans, were already in place but refined to meet the national standard. "StormReady" allows Tech decision makers to obtain weather information quickly and advise the university community on a weather event. "The university at any given time during the day could literally have thousands of athletes and recreational sports going on throughout the campus.
Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | October 18, 2011
A hurricane that caused the New River to rise more than 35-feet, was remembered Tuesday after more than seventy-years have passed. The level the river reached is now marked on a sign at Bisset Park in Radford. The sign is part of the High Water Mark project; an effort to raise awareness of flood risk, especially in communities that have experienced severe flooding. The High Water Mark also serves as a reminder of the 1940 flood, when the New River rose to thirty-five feet in Bisset Park.
March 13, 2010
Heavy rain caused a headache for people living in the New River Valley. It appears the high water in Bland County has receded, but there are still roads closed in Giles and Wythe Counties. In Pulaski County, people there are also coping with what's been an extremely wet weekend so far. Seeing a "Street Closed" sign was a familiar sight across Pulaski Saturday, as flood waters covered some of the town's main streets. "It hasn't flooded here in years," says Armeda Cressell.
Meteorologist Brent Watts | January 11, 2012
Dozens of homes were damaged and several injuries reported when possible tornadoes touched down in northwestern North Carolina Wednesday night. 10 injuries were reported in Rutherford County. Two of those seriously hurt. The storms moved through Rutherford or Burke counties around 6:00PM with damaging wind gusts, large hail and torrential downpours. Several of those in the path managaged to capture the tornado on camera (Photo left) 20-25 mobile homes were destroyed with dozens of structures with major damage.
May 19, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Several tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma as more severe weather hits the southern Plains. Two injuries have been reported in Wednesday's storms. Officials say two truck drivers were taken to hospitals when winds blew over their semitrailers. Power lines are also down in some places. Kingfisher County Emergency Management Director Steve Loftis says the town of Kingfisher, about 45 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, is without power. The National Weather Service says it also received reports of a series of brief, small tornadoes in southwest Kansas.
News 7 Web Staff | April 16, 2011
Many are without power and dozens of homes are damaged in Halifax County after storms there Saturday. Some of the worst damage is in the Virgilina area. Several were taken to the hospital after heavy winds destroyed multiple homes on North Fork Church Road. People living in that area say they saw a large funnel cloud when the storm came through. The National Weather Service will send a survey team to the area Sunday afternoon to determine if it was a tornado.
Kimberly McBroom and REPORTER | August 25, 2011
You weren't dreaming, and it's not your imagination.  The ground rumbled again this morning. The United States Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 4.5 aftershock hit central and southwestern Virginia at 1:07 a.m..    The National Weather Service says the epicenter was five miles south of Mineral where the Tuesday's earthquake struck. Many people from all over the region called the News 7 newsroom, and sent messages to our Facebook page after feeling the impact of the aftershock.
Meteorologist Brent Watts | December 22, 2012
High winds caused a gas station canopy to collapse Friday night at the Apple Market BP station at the corner of Highway 24 and State Route 801, near Staunton River High School. National Weather Service reports show wind gusts were estimated at 50 to 70 mph Friday night through early Saturday morning which also caused a number of downed trees and powerlines. First Alert meteorologists expect winds to decrease across the area late Saturday evening, turning light by Sunday morning. Get the latest First Alert Forecast for your area: CLICK HERE      
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