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[real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning company.] >> matt: now at 5:00, disturbing new details on the mom accused of gunning down her own son. >> lisa: plus a construction i-4. first, though, we're following breaking news in volusia county where another crash is causing a traffic nightmare right now. sky 6 is live over the scene along i-4 west of u.s. 92 in
the crash is on the westbound side but traffic barely getting by on both sides right now. we're told two people were hurt in this. at least one was airlifted to the hospital. some fuel also spilled on to the road. you can see traffic there backed up for miles while crews have been cleaning this up for an hour now. you'll certainly want to avoid this area if you can. we'll continue to follow this for you and bring you any updates as we get them. now to the construction worker killed along another stretch of i-4. we're told the man died when a dump truck backed over him. results. i'm lisa bell. >> matt: glad you're with us, i'm matt austin. amanda castro is joining us now live. this construction site is a part of the big i-4 ultimate project, right?
early as troopers are trying to figure out how the dump truck backed over one of the workers. heavy construction equipment, usually moving dirt roped off with crime scene tape. crews not manning the machines. the work at a standstill as troopers investigate how a construction worker died on the job. >> when i saw the man lying there, i thought maybe he was injured. >> reporter: the florida highway patrol says around 11:30 this morning, a driver and this dump truck carrying dirt pulled into the construction zone between wymore road and in maitland. the driver backed over the truck and ran over another worker and killed him at the scene. some think loud traffic and heavy winds could be reason why the worker didn't hear the back-up alarms. >> i imagine he did not hear it because the bells are plenty loud on those trucks.
it would happen. >> reporter: the construction site is part of the big drive. this is the first death during the major construction. we asked how many construction related injuries have happened. we did not get the numbers back. we're also told construction crews go through safety courses and training before stepping foot on a construction site. i also called the florida the i-4 ultimate project. neither had anything to say about this accident or any safety training changes or protocol changes in light of what happened here today, only referring me to f.h.p. while the investigation is ongoing. >> matt: amanda castro, live. thank you. >> lisa: breaking news on the zika virus. we've learned three pregnant women in florida have now tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness. they're the first reported cases in the state involving pregnant women and they all traveled to
so far there have been 32 zika cases reported. they stretch across at least 11 counties in the state. the governor's office is not saying where the three new cases are. travel-related. governor rick scott asked federal officials for 250 more zika anti-body tests. right now, there are almost 1200 tests available in florida. you can finding more on zika including travel notice, symptoms and treatment on our website. just head to clickorlando.com, powered by news 6. also developing right now, wild weather on this wednesday. this time lapse video shows the rain coming through downtown orlando earlier today. it was intense out there for a while. but what a difference just a few hours makes. here's what it looks like out there right now. the rain has moved out of downtown orlando, but with that comes another big change. >> matt: that's right. chief meteorologist tom sorrells is pinpointing our now falling temperatures.
>> tom: not so cold that we can't take it. a whole lot colder than it was this morning. first, the big news about the end of the rain. here's the visible satellite. the moisture is down south now. we have cloud cover to get through. i don't have much in the way of lingering showers coming in. radar is looking pretty good. this is brevard county down to titusville down to the open water and down to melbourne now. you can see the activity has sort of ceased to be a problem. if you go farther south from brevard county down to miami, that's where the big rain is tonight. none of that will be a player in our forecast. see down south? future radar covered up, lake okeechobee to miami. what will be a player in our forecast is the declining temperatures. we'll be down to 64 degrees by 8:00. down to 58 by 10:00. come the 11:00 hour, 56. the skies gradually clear up going into the night tonight. but the wind never lays down. i'll be back to talk about how breezy it's going to be tomorrow
high tomorrow is going to be. >> matt:ounds good, tom. thank you. >> don't forget, you can get breaking weather alerts and live radar anytime on our free news 6 pinpoint weather app. just search wkmg in your app store. we're also keeping an eye on the cape right now. a launch is set for 6:46 this evening, if the weather holds up. the window lasts until 8:23. news 6 reporter justin warmoth is there for us right now and will have the latest coming up in just minutes. >> lisa: the same line of storms that rolled through here today caused serious damage along the gulf coast, including in northwest florida. we're getting a look at some drone video from the pensacola area. a tornado ripped through there overnight. we're told nearly 100 homes were damaged. thousands of people lost power. governor rick scott has declared a state of emergency there. one couple whose home was hit said they didn't have time to react. >> we were trying to get the door closed and get in the closet. we were both pulling on it and
someting had us hemmed in and couldn't get it closed. we just panicked. >> lisa: we'll take a look at the damage coming up at 5:30. chilling new details now on the seminole county mom accused of killing her own son. >> matt: this comes as the mom appeared before a judge this afternoon. this was the scene yesterday at the home in altamonte springs. investigators say virginia ortega shot 29-year-old howard blake while he was in the shower. she's now charged with premeditated murder. ortega has been following the story in the newsroom today and joins us now live. you've learned financial problems may have led up to this whole thing. >> reporter: ortega told investigators she didn't want her son to suffer through ongoing money problems. but that's not all. she also told them she was struggling with depression. we have video of ortega appearing in seminole county court today. new court documents say she admitted to waiting in the bathroom for about 30 seconds on monday morning. she then fired five rounds
police believe her son was dead more than 24 hours before a worried family member called police, and that's when officers forced themselves inside the home and found blake's body. >> something, as you can tell from the report, her son was shot and she sat basically on the couch for a long period of time and nothing happened. that would give you an indication, obviously there's something wrong, there's some disconnect there. >> reporter: altamonte springs police say ortega tried to kill herself as they entered her home. she said, "please don't judge me. i know you think your mother would never do this to you." the public defender's office is trying to determine if mental health problems were the issue. she remains in the seminole county jail with no bond. >> matt: thank you, jen. we're looking at pretty dramatic video here. it shows the moment gunmen took
one of them shot the clerk. the robbers are still on the run, too. let's give you a closer look right now. this happened on february 7th at the neighborhood food mart near orange avenue and taft. you can see the guys walk in. one of them points a gun while demanding cash. video shows another worker trying to get inside. the crooks keep him out. the gunman fires through the window, hitting the guy in the leg. shatter. we're told the suspects then sedan. website. it's not all that easy to identify the guys as they have covered their faces, but clickorlando.com, powered by news 6 is where you can find it if you want to take a closer look. if you know who is involved in this, call crime line at 1-800-423-tips. >> lisa: developing right now, three deputies shot in colorado. one of the deputies and the attacker have died. investigators outside of denver say the deputies were trying to serve an eviction notice when a man opened fire.
one died at the hospital and the other two will be okay. we'll bring you updates on this story as they come in. this weekend is a big one for the orlando solar bears and it certainly goes beyond just hockey. >> matt: yeah, the team is looking to beat homelessness. you can help them get results through social media. this saturday is faith and family night at the amway. news 6 will bring you the game live. coverage begins at 7:30. during our broadcast, the solar bears will donate a buck for every post on twitter, facebook or instagram using the #rethink homelessness. an exciting evening. we hope to raise a lot of money. excitement is building on the space coast. will we see a launch tonight? >> lisa: that is the big question. next at 5:00, the latest on the conditions that could get in the way of spacex's planned lift-off. >> tom: let's just say the rain is gone. how's that? >> lisa: that helps. >> tom: i think the clouds are thinning out, too, but the wind, probably not so much. radar looks better all the time.
we'll pinpoint overnight loets ws for you and pinpoint the wind and what kind of day you have coming tomorrow. >> lisa: and another lopsided win for the republican presidential frontrunner. why donald trump says it's his biggest win yet. you are watching news 6, getting results. crews are cleaning up a bad crash on i-4 west of u.s. 92, traffic moving slowly in both directions right now. you'll want to avoid this area
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>> matt: we're about an hour and a half away from a possible launch at the cape. >> lisa: we'll bring it to you live if it happens on clickorlando.com. anticipation is building right now, but as justin warmoth shows us, the wind is a big worry. >> reporter: the spacex falcon 9 rocket is now on the pad, fueling up ahead of tonight's air force station. right now, it's the wind that has mission managers concerned >> right now, it's pretty strong out here. the hope is it will calm down by lunchtime to get the satellite into orbit, which has been delayed since last summer. when spacex's falcon9 rocket disintegrated when it launched from the cape in june of 2015, not only did it lose valuable cargo for the astronauts on the international space station, it also delayed several future launches, including one
the satellite operator s.e.s. has been waiting since last summer summer. while the mission is important for the european satellite provider, it's not what's catching everyone's attention. that was the reaction from spacex headquarters after the falcon9 rocket's first stage landed successfully on a pad at the cape canaveral air force station in december. tonight's landing attempts won't be on land, though. instead, spacex will attempt to land it on a floating, unmanned barge, 400 miles off the brevard county coast. spacex has come close but has not been able to land the booster during its three previous tries in the atlantic and say they don't expect it to land successfully tonight either. that landing attempt will be happening a few minutes after lift-off from the cape. at last check, the weather is 60% favorable for a launch tonight. again, the wind is something mission managers will be keeping
we'll continue to update you on news 6 and on clickorlando.com, powered by news 6 as we inch closer to launch time. >> lisa: thank you. another big win for the g.o.p. frontrunner in the race for the white house. donald trump picked up a decisive victory in last night's nevada caucus. >> matt: it was the highest attended republican caucus ever in that state. more than twice as many people voted last night than in 2012. unbelievable. trump received 46% of the vote. the runner-up, florida senator marco rubio. he end out texas senator ted cruz getting 24% to cruz's 21. trump says the win gives his campaign a reason to celebrate. >> we won the evangelicals, we won with the young, we won with the old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. >> matt: in the meantime, rubio
distant second, he's encouraged by the support. the caucus comes just days after his long time friend jeb bush dropped out of the race. voters in more than a dozen states are casting their vote on super tuesday, march 8th. >> lisa: we're giving away four tickets to universal's mardi gras. if you want to win, it is easy to enter. head to facebook.com/news 6 and you'll find the contest on our facebook page. mardi gras runs on select nights from this saturday until the middle of april. the contest ends friday night at midnight. >> matt: much more tame version of mardi gras than the real deal. so no worry. good to bring the kids to. chief meteorologist tom sorrells is joining us. you can throw the beads and everything is good. people just smile at you.
>> tom: we had a tornado warning about -- i want to say -- the days run together on me -- but it was sometime around 10:00 this morning, from 9:45 to 10:15 we had a tornado warning going. it was lifted early because it was not really a tornado. they figured out what it was. it looked like a tornado on radar. it was scary for a while. all the scary stuff is over. it's good to go into the nighttime tonight. no tornado warnings or severe weather. we have the end of the rain in brevard county, moving to the east or down to the south. i zoom in tight on the cape right now. there's the launch site for this evening's hopeful rocket launch. we'll be talking more about that as the newscast wears on into the night. for now, just know it's not the rain and probably not the cloud cover. if anything is going to cancel that launch, it's got to be the wind and the waves. see what's happening from fort pierce down to lake okeechobee. still raining, will continue to
hours. if you have plans to get down to west palm and miami, you'll be dealing with the rain. the rest of us are done with it. the daytime high was 82 degrees in orlando. the overnight low this morning was 65. pay close attention to that. from that to where we're going is a far drop. 82 again was the high today. crushed the average by about 7 degrees. right now, we're down to 75. 69 in leesburg. 77 in daytona beach and 70 in cocoa beach. the difference in now versus yesterday at the same time is nothing. in orlando we're right where we were yesterday at the same time. look at ocala, the villages, gainesville, it's 1 degree colder. we'd is playing a huge factor. the frontal zone is right here, in sanford from the west at 18. in orlando from the southwest at 14. once the front gets through by 7:30, 8:00 tonight, everyone
from the west, anywhere from 15 to 20 miles per hour, which ushers in the colder air and the big change for tomorrow. let's go ahead and talk about overnight lows. tomorrow is a dry, windy, blustery day. friday is not much better. still chilly. here's the overnight low tonight in ocala. 44 in leesburg and 49 in sanford. the overnight low in sanford is 51. here's tomorrow. the entire day tomorrow we're cool and windy. temperature reading at 8 a.m. will be 52. by noon, 63. daytime high hit 68 degrees. 68. the high today was 82. the high tomorrow is only 68. come friday, the high is 64. check out my overnight lows. tonight we go to 51. tomorrow night we go to 44. friday night, 43. come the weekend, we moderate quite a bit. by monday, we're back to 75.
>> matt: last hurrah maybe? >> tom: i think so. the cold weather lovers will dig it. you can wear the jacket and the boots. once we get into march, the cold front doesn't come back much. >> matt: thank you, tom. ginger gadsden is going to fill in for dana taylor on mix 105.1 from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. news 6's julie broughton was on the air this morning. she did an awesome job and had a blast there. tomorrow is another great morning on the mix. after you watch our morning show, you can drive to work and hopefully you can't escape us. wouldn't it be exciting to wake up a millionaire? >> lisa: i think so. next at 5:00, how high the powerball jacket has climbed ahead of tonight's drawing here on news 6. and if this cat could talk, she would have quite the story. the tale of a 1500-mile journey that landed her in florida.
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>> tonight at 11:00, a bizarre credit card hacker mystery. this news 6 viewer says the credit card used to pay her family's phone bill was removed and then replaced with a stolen card. i've never heard of this before. all she knew was the account was being paid every month. that's when her phone company told her she owed them more than $1300. investigators mike holfeld got involved and he got some results. could this happen to you? is this the next trend? catch mike's report tonight at 11:00. should be fascinating. speaking of tonight at 11:00, do you have your powerball ticket yet? >> lisa: the jackpot is growing
it's at $236 million. grab your ticket and see tonight's drawing only on news 6 at 10:59, right before news 6 at 11:00. >> matt: now to a mysterious winter time journey for a cat. >> lisa: she managed to travel from wisconsin to florida, i don't blame her. the owners have no idea how she got to the sunshine state, though. animal rescuers in naples say they picked up this little girl. her name is nadia. they scanned the microchip and that's when they realized how far she had come. they got in touch with nadia's owners who say she's been missing since christmas eve. they're making arrangements to get her back. they're happy this has a happy