The winter of seventy-nine hit the north-east United States on Monday (19 February) with a vengeance.
ATLANTA: SV EXTERIOR van skids along snow-covered road.
SV: Children on sleighs going down hill.
GV AERIAL: (North Carolina) snow-covered land.
SV: snow plough in operation.
SV INTERIOR: crowded airport lounge.
(WASHINGTON) SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR White House.
SV TRACKING SHOT: cars covered with snow.
GV AND SV: people walking and skiing. (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV: stores closed, (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: volunteer nurse attending patient. (5 shots)
(CAPITOL HILL) GV AND SV: snow plough clears road while cars try to get out of drifts, towed by tractor. (2 shots)
CU: woman speaks to camera as tractor pulls car out of drift. (2 shots)
SVs: man on skis going through snow as people try to dig cars out of drifts. (4 shots)
(NEW YORK CITY) GV TILT DOWN empire state building TO snow covered streets.
GV AND SV: woman walking through snow drift. (2 shots)
CU: car radio and GV people trudging through New York streets and people out shopping. (8 shots)
SV: woman talking to reporter.
SV PULL BACK TO GV people leaving store and sign on bank window saying bank will not be open. (2 shots)
CU: car skidding slowly on snow.
SV: reporter interviewing car driver.
GV AERIAL PAN: closed airport with grounded planes. (2 shots)
GV PAN: Concorde on tarmac (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR: people arriving at Connecticut.
SVs and GVs: cars going through snow-covered streets and along highways and GV AERIAL New York. (4 shots)
JED DUVAL: "The storm moved up from the south, leaving four to six inches of snow in Atlanta. Roads were treacherous, the ice seemed to be everywhere and Georgia kids, unaccustomed to such pleasure, made the most of it.
Over North Carolina even more snow, up to nine inches, clogging traffic and as the crowds in Charlotte testify, snarling airports too.
"Washington was simply buried in two feet of snow. All forms of transportation: buses, cars, trains, planes were tied down. But not feet and not skis. Many arteries became pedestrian malls and cross-country ski courses.
The annual retail Washington's birthday splurge in the stores here has to wait for a day closer to Washington's real birthday.
"When nurses couldn't ge to work, hospitals called for volunteer help and got it. This is George Washington University Medical Centre. Men and women who live nearby heard radio announcements and trudged a few blocks to help, handling the food trays and doing similar work. By midday there were so many volunteers that the hospitals turned away further help.
"On Capitol Hill, House and Senate sessions were very brief formalities. Farmers who had been here protesting, were severely criticised for damaging the mall. Some of them spent the day helping the locals."
WOMAN FARMER: "We have been helping trying to get some of the policemen out. And we hope we do some good by showing people that we're human too."
DUVAL: "Farmers figure they have made many new friends here today. In view of the bad publicity about them recently, they think they need every one. Jed Duval, CBS News Washington."
KILPATRICK: "You couldn't get to Philadelphia, even if you wanted to. Major roads were a mess -- fifteen inches (38 centimetres) of snow downtown and more in the suburbs. For New York, the National Weather Service first predicted two to four inches (5-10 centimetres) of snow. Throughout Sunday evening, the forecast changed. By morning, more than a foot (30 centimetres) of snow was on the ground, as those who tried to move their feet quickly found out."
NEWSCASTER: "Hurry in and save on beautiful castro-convertible furniture during their great Washington's birthday sale."
KILPARTICK: "New Yorkers will do almost anything for a bargain and Washington's birthday is the biggest sale day of the year. One young lady spent almost an hour on what should have been a four minute walk to buy a record player."
WOMAN SHOPPER: "Well, it's worth it. You get a good price, so I suffer a little bit with this snow."
KILPATRICK: "Many of the sales have been extended but much of New York was deserted because of a legal holiday. For those who had to work today, it was not all that nice.
CAR DRIVER: "I don't want to work. I'm just trying to park the car some place. See if I can park it and leave it be."
KILPATRICK: "New York airports were closed all day...no planes in or not. And those passengers aboard the supersonic Concorde paid nine hundred dollars to make the trip from London to New York in less than four hours. The plane finally landed in Hartford, Connecticut, after almost six hours, add the driving time to New York during a snow-storm, total elapsed time, London to New York, ten to twelve hours. Jim Kilpatric, C.B.C. News, New York."
REPORTERS: JIM KILPATRICK/JED DUVAL
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Background: The winter of seventy-nine hit the north-east United States on Monday (19 February) with a vengeance. Severe snow storms caused thirteen deaths in the south, then headed north. The storms crippled an area from Georgia to New England, closing airports, clogging highways and just about shutting down some big eastern cities. In Baltimore, where police cars were immobilised, looting started and a curfew was ordered. American reporters Jim Kilpatrick and Jed Duval report.