We call it ”The Live Center:” A bank of monitors and equipment used to “tune in” live reports from our various crews in the field. It’s also commonly referred to as the “Troll.” It’s the electronic brain for a square of scanners, televisions, desks, computers, and cables–the true nerve center of the newsroom. It is here assignment editor Typhanny Wiggins calls out the nuggets of information which are woven together into a developing story. There’s something more urgent about the human voice calling our attention, than a silent top-line alert on our individual screens. The former is a call to action, while the latter can get lost. We compete for your attention everyday, just as the voice from the assignment desk commands our focus for breaking news. Here are my 5 stories to watch starting on WAVY News 10 at 5.
1.) Winter Storm Warning for Dare County. All eyes are still on the skies as our meteorologists track that winter storm moving into Virginia and North Carolina, with the Outer Banks in line for possible snow. Our latest weather blogs show Hampton Roads may dodge a real blast from winter. But tracks and temperature forecasts change often enough to warrant your tuning in at 5 to get the latest information.
2.) North Carolina Governor declares state of emergency. Which brings us to an ounce of preparation, or should we say 1500 tons. That’s how much salt’s been laid by NCDOT crews in anticipation of what could be a 1-2 punch storm. Governor Pat McCrory says the goal here is to be “over prepared.” Sounds like the drill everyday in the WAVY newsroom.
3.) Will Atlanta slip again? Nature has been merciless on those areas least prepared to deal with her cold shoulder. Who could forget the miles of interstate stilled by ice and snow in Atlanta. Stephanie Harris will tell us if the Peach state can keep its balance in this next go around.
4.) Sinking the floating junkyard. Anita Blanton is on your side following the progress of a Norfolk family and their fight to have abandoned boats removed in a waterway near their home.
5.) Police scam. Portsmouth police are warning the elderly and others of a trusting nature to watch out for someone posing as a police officer and public official asking for donations. One phone call cost a 73 year old woman $81,000.
Typhanny will of course shout out any other story that breaks between now and 5. Remember, you heard it here first.