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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> weather is a big story this afternoon. this is a live look at live doppler 7 hd. you can see more rain moving into the bay area. >> and we have a live look, oh, my goodness. the san mateo bridge behind the raindrops on the lens. the chp has just issued a wind advisory for drivers on the high section of the bridge. the bay bridge was very windy this afternoon. good amp. i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. several schools shut down for the day and residents are keeping a close eye on river levels. in the south bay, people tried to stay dry and in san
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francisco, flooding closed down parts of the highway for two miles. >> we have live team coverage. but let's start it off with spencer christian who is tracking the rain right now. >> i like your exclamation, oh, my goodness. that's one of the tamer ones i've heard. here is live doppler 7 hd. we have rain and showers scattered across the bay area. a low pressure system just moved on shore in the north bay, producing a band of rain from guerneville, reaching over towards knoxville and parts of napa county. southward, the east bay and south of san francisco, we see a wide area of rainfall that's becoming steadier with some pockets of heavier rain in oakland, down south, and even farther south into the south bay, around morgan hill and gilroy. lots of rain scattered around, bands of rain developing offshore and about to sweep on shore. we have windy conditions, as
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well. an advisory remains in effect for 6:00 p.m., in the north bay, winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour. here's a look at current wind gusts. 35 miles per hour at sfo. maybe an hour ago, sfo had 49-mile-per-hour gusts. windy all around the bay area. we expect the winds to diminish, but the rain will be with us and eving commute will be slow and messy. larry? >> cornell bernard has captured dramatic images in the north bay. this is a large tree that took down power lines in mill valley. in samona county, he mound a flooded road. and near the russian river, check out this vineyard that is flooded. cornell is live with the latest. cornell?
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>> reporter: a lot of folks around here breathing a big sigh of relief today. the good news is that the flood danger on the russian river has passed. it will not reach flood stage. but local creeks is another story. creeks continue to flood, closing roads like walder road here in forestville. in fact, the water continues to rise today on this road, as the rain keeps falling. it's made driving frustrating, but others are making flooding and rain into a sporting event. rain pounded sonoma county all night and all day long. so much rain, the water had nowhere to go. it left this vineyard near heelsburg under water. the entry gate barely visible. east side road was flooded out. but many drivers took their chances and plowed their way through. are you going to try driving through this? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: kylie phillips wasn't so sure her car would make it. >> right now i'm trying to get to my sister's house.
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i'll probably stay up there so i don't have to drive through this. >> reporter: there's a flooded road ahead, what is your plan? >> from the looks, i might have to turn around. >> reporter: we were there as debris from a landslide continued to wall onto summer home park road in forestville. the road is still closed, as crews worked to clean it up. >> haven't seen it in 19 years this bad. >> reporter: the russian river continues to rise but flooding is no longer a danger. local creeks caused flooding and cut off access to vineyards. others are making the best of the rain and flooding. >> go! >> reporter: yep, these guys decided to wake board their way down east side road, just because it was there. tell me why you're doing this? >> can't wait till summertime. we figured we would put this rain to good use and it's been fun so far. >> reporter: they plan to wake board all weekend, they said. i could watch that video all day
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long. those guys claim they knew what they were doing, but don't try this at home. high water much of a thing for the weekend. cornell bernard, "abc7 news." >> thank you, cornell. take a look at this. a caltrans crew was cleaning up a slide along highway 101 when a second slide came down. no one was injured. spring lake in sonoma county is closed and you can see why. storm waters spilling across the trail at creek crossings and inching into parking lots. several camp grounds are also closed. marin county also very wet today. you can see a lot of rain coming down in this video. and while water levels were rising, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. wayne freedman is live.
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wayne? >> reporter: this is the storm that was supposed to be big and in fact, it has been big. but not as big as expected. and we got some good pictures, but not the kind we expected. on the theory that there's always a threatening side to flooding water, look what we found. these three preparing to test the water. >> we were thinking a raft at first. >> reporter: that's what you get when a really bad storm turns out to be more tolerable than advertised. did you think it was going to be worse today? >> what, the weather or my hair? >> reporter: make no mistake, the county had its share of bad weather. when this tree fell, it brought down power lines, as well. local roads and highways suffered a full complement offender benders and worse in
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this case on 101 north. this car went off the embankment, took out a light box and rolled. the driver is okay. the tow truck guy busy. how many of these today? >> three. >> reporter: three before noon? >> yeah. >> reporter: is that a normal day? >> no. >> reporter: about the time he finished talking, another encouraging appearance by the sun but not a permanent one. it yielded more raindrops where inside this boutique, the last flood more than a decade feels like a distant memory. >> i don't think we're going to flood here, because it hasn't been consistent rain. >> reporter: no, just a fast-running creek, all the better for extreme sports fans. wayne freedman, "abc7 news." the chp is warning us all to be careful on the road. they tweeted this picture of highway 101. >> that is a concern all around
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the bay. >> janet o has a look at conditions for drivers earlier today in the south bay and peninsula. >> reporter: chp says when it rains people forget to take it slow. at least ten miles below the posted speed limit. while most had their wind shield wipers and headlights on, an officer told us he had to remind those who didn't have them on that it's the law. as we continued driving down south bound 280, the rain came down harder and harder. you could hear it pounding against our windshield. by the time we reached highway 17, the rain was coming down in sheets. chp put out flares as a precaution, especially in an area where accidents are all too common. but those we talked to along the way didn't seem to mind a soggy end to the week. >> we like the rain. >> reporter: on monday, when we did a story about the rain, we actually saw quite a few accidents. but today, it seems perhaps drivers were more prepared.
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chp says it has been relatively quiet so far. in san jose, janet o, "abc7 news." >> the rain made driving treacherous. check out the water right there that accumulated in san francisco underneath highway 101. this stretch of road tends to flood frequently. as we hold you earlier, the chp warns everybody against driving through standing water. the word "canceled" treated some passengers at the airport today. 68 flights were canceled today. pg&e is working to restore power to customers across the bay area. the biggest outage affects more than 1,000 homes and businesses, and those are located in oakland. 680 customers are without power in occidental, and another 639
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in the dark in the santa cruz mountains. a winter storm watch is in effect in the sierra with new snow coming. >> but sit a delight for skiers. kristen sze has the details. >> reporter: you'll want to heed the warning tweeted out by the national weather service, leave early this traveling over the sierra or to lake thahoe or ma'm mouth. check out some caltrans video. this is i-80 near donner summit. here is highway 50 at echo summit. trains and reduced speeds are required. squall valley is expecting more than two feet of new powder. >> we've gotten 32 feet of snow cumulative throughout the season. we have a 12-foot base. this snow is going to add to the
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base. so we're looking at a very long season this year. >> reporter: skiers may be able to enjoy the slopes into the month of may. this is provided by squaw valley resort. but skiers need to embrace themselves for extreme winds, 50 to 80-mile-per-hour gusts are expected. these storms continue to build the sierra snow pack, which is at 83% of normal. so this is something we can all benefit from, whether we ski or not. ama and larry? >> thank you, kristen. from flooded roads to rainy scenes all over the bay, we appreciate your pictures and video. when you see unusual weather happening, share it with us using the #abc7now. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, the search for a driver who killed a man that was just out for his morning walk in san francisco. also -- >> she would want this to be a party. this is not a tragedy, this is a celebration.
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santa clara, san francisco, east bay and all the bay area, this is "abc7 news." san francisco police are still searching for the driver in a fatal hit and run. >> it happened near china town after the corner of powell street and broadway just before 6:00 this morning. leanne melendez is live with the latest. [ sirens ]
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>> reporter: let's just way for that to go by, this fire engine. that's right. you can imagine what it was out like this morning, very dark, very cold. and it happened so early that there was hardly anyone out here. but police are hoping that someone may have seen that driver. just after 5:30 this morning, it was raining and dark. terrible conditions for any driver. police say a white van was seen driving on powell street and turned right on broadway, when he hit and killed a pedestrian. someone spotted the body in the road and ran to the police station a block away. it's not clear if the 60-year-old man was in the cross walk at the time. he lived in china town. >> we don't know if the person was dragged or the impact landed the body where it was discovered. >> reporter: police say the driver never stopped and continued west bound through the broadway tunnel. the white van they're looking for has no windows and the front end is sure to have some damage. >> it's probably one of the
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reasons the guy wasn't paying attention or something. early in the morning, somebody getting hit like that can happen any time. >> reporter: neighbors know cars often speed as they approach the tunnel. >> oh, yeah. we can hear the noise. >> reporter: police are hoping surveillance camera on both sides of the tunnel will help them identify the driver. but those cameras we found had either limited range or were not working. >> absolutely tragic. we want to find out who that driver is and hold them responsible. >> reporter: this is the fifth pedestrian killed in san francisco so far this year. leeann melendez, "abc7 news." police and firefightered braved torrents of water to find a gun in washington creek. that gun is linked to a possible kidnapping case that began in santa rosa. officers arrested two people after stopping a vehicle in petaluma. detectives say the alleged victim is not cooperating with them. hundreds packed the reagan presidential library today to
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pay their final respects to former first lady nancy reagan. >> a diverse group of dignitaries attended the service, including michelle obama, former president george bush and former first laid yis bush, clinton, and carter. lauren lyster has the story. >> i am the resurrection and the life. >> reporter: a solemn procession. ♪ amazing grace ♪>> reporter: and a crowd of 1,000 guests here to memorialize first lady nancy reagan. >> accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant, nancy. >> reporter: family and friends remembering her life, from hollywood to the white house, and more than five decades by beloved husband ronald reagan's side. >> she really was always on his mind. >> reporter: that love playing a role in the services. the former canadian prime minister reading a love letter ronald reagan wrote to his life. >> i love the whole gang of you,
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mommy, first lady, the sent mental you, the fun you. >> reporter: the guests including first lady michelle obama, hillary clinton, and george w. and laura bush. there's a long list of celebrity guests, and media figures including diane sawyer giving a reading. >> i will come back to take you to be with me that you also may be where i am. >> reporter: after the funeral, mrs. reagan will be laid to rest next to her late husband in this hillside tomb. >> as night falls, they will look out across the valley and here they'll stay. as they always wished it to be. resting in each other's arms, till the end of time. >> reporter: also speaking at mrs. reagan's services, daughter patty davis, tom brokaw and james baker. lauren lyster, abc news, simi valley. >> laura anthony is in simi valley and was at the service today.
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we'll have her reports coming up at 5:00 and 6:00. soon you'll have to be 21 to guy tobacco in san francisco. the mayor signed a sweeping new law today, raising the age to buy cigarettes, smokeless tobacco from 18 to 21 in san francisco. this starts in july. to you it's up to governor brown to sign a statewide law in effect. a man is asking judge to stop a company from taking credit for post it notes. >> might be a little late on that. better late than never as far as rain. we're getting plenty of it now.
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>> strong, gusty winds and still raining in many areas. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd. showers continue to come down. it hasn't rained steadily, but it's been rain in some parts of the bay area. the wettest area is down on the coastline, over the santa cruz mountains, and over to the east bay. pockets of moderate to heavy rain, all pushing south and east of the golden gate right now. rainfall totals, last 24 hours, impressive up north. four inches of rain in the last two days. nearly inch and a half here in san francisco. look at the rainfall totals in livermore and san jose. just under 0.3 at mountain view. the south bay, some parts of the inland east bay could use a lot more rain. here's the view from our raindrop stained camera lens in san francisco looking southward under cloudy skies.
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we'll see two more storms this weekend. one light tomorrow, one moderate on sunday. and it will be dry and warmer next week. on our storm impact scale, tomorrow's storm will with a one. just a quick burst of rain with a quarter to half inch in most areas. and starting at 10:00 tomorrow morning, we'll see this narrow line of showers sweeping down through the north bay first. late afternoon, pushing south and east of the golden gate. tomorrow evening, it will fizzle out and that will be followed by storm two on sunday, which will rank two on the storm impact scale. it will bring half an inch to inch of rain, and flooding risks with this storm in the north bay because of saturated ground. at 11:00 tomorrow night, notice the larger area of rain coming in for sunday. and it will be steadier and heavier than tomorrow's rainfall. as we look ahead to rainfall totals from just the weekend, look for another two inches of rain in santa rosa. generally 1 to 1 1/2 inches at
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every other location, including san jose, which hasn't got much rain for the last couple of storms. and flash flood watches in effect until sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the north bay, because of swollen creeks, rainfall could cause flooding. on we go to low temperatures tonight under cloudy conditions with occasional showers. lows generally in the upper 40s to low 50s. tomorrow, rain comes in a thin line of showers. highs in the upper 50s to low 60s elsewhere. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. two weekend storms and don't forget to spring forward as we advance to daylight saving time saturday night. monday, lingering showers but partial clearing later and then warming up for the remainder of the week and it's going to feel like spring. and it almost is. >> thank you, spencer. up next, the woman who set up the controversial meeting between drug kingpin el chapo
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and actor sean penn breaks her silence. >> this is 101 in san jose. this is south bound. it always seems to be jammed up at this hour. much better north bound, and 880 over the top is moving well in both directions.
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the actress who connected sean penn with el chapo is explaining how she came to know the drug lord. she tells new yorker magazine that el chapo guzman contacted her in 2014. he claims he wanted to make a movie with her. the two continued to correspond for months and arranged a meeting last year with penn coming along. here's a shocking statistic, 129 people die in the u.s. from drug overdoses in the u.s. every day, a majority from heroin and prescription pain pills. david muir takes viewers beyond
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the numbers in his special "breaking point, heroin in america." matt keller spoke with muir about why the drug has exploded in all communities and demographics. >> four out of five new heroin users began with painkillers, then they went to the far cheaper heroin. >> catch the special edition of "20/20" tonight at 10:00. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues right now. just ahead, preparing for the worst. residents on flood watch in the north day. >> this as flooding hits the southeast and more is on the way. it is back to the
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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> here are the headlines now at 4:30. dramatic inches from the north bay after today's storm. roads turning into rivers and we found these guys wake boarding making the west of things. the russian and napa rivers are both rising but remain below flood stage. and wind is a big issue today.
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this is a live picture of the golden gate bridge, under a wind advisory. "abc7 news" reporter wayne freedman tweeted out this picture of a free that tore down a power line in mill valley. and spencer christian is tracking more rain for the evening commute on live doppler 7 hd. spencer will join us coming up to tell us what we can expect for your weekend. happening now, the sandbags are out. this shows us how business owners are trying to protect themselves from possible flooding. >> reporter: owners keep a close eye on the level of the creek that runs through the downtown. >> i am right on the croak and i do have concerns. sometimes i come down here in the middle of the night to make sure that i'm not being flooded out. >> reporter: he's had to empty out his gallery a few times when
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waters come close. the town has a long history of flooding. >> i think people get scared of it, but i don't know if it's going to happen again. >> reporter: just about every business here has installed these. they're flood gates to keep rising water out. we found sandbags stacked in doorways. >> keeping people aware of where the creek levels are. >> reporter: by 10:00 a.m., it had risen to five feet. it's critical at 11.5. >> i truly believe in getting rid of a lot of these smaller non-native type trees, especially if you go up to the next bridge, you can see all the big trees. all it would take is a big log on a bad day to jam up stuff. >> reporter: alyssa harrington, "abc7 news."
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>> you can track live doppler 7 hd on your phone any time with our "abc7 news" app. the app is free to download. enable push alerts to get the latest information. the flood threat continues elsewhere today. in parts of the south, at least five deaths have been blamed on this historic flooding from tennessee to texas. as marci gonzalez tells us, the rain is still coming down and people are bracing for more. >> reporter: in six states from texas to tennessee, flash flood watches and warnings caused by days of relentless rain. in some places, the unprecedented rapid rise in water forcing emergency evacuations. >> we didn't even know the water was coming up like that. >> reporter: the national guard rescuing more than 3500 families from homes, using black hawk drivers to save drivers from submerged streets. in louisiana, the governor declaring a state of emergency.
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>> i have to imagine that when we add up the damages, it will be in the millions of dollars. >> reporter: the same in mississippi. >> the last time we had waters this high was in 2008 when gustav hit us. >> reporter: this flooding in the south claiming several lives and destroying some livelihoods. >> emotionally -- it will be okay. >> reporter: and the risk still isn't over. >> can't do nothing about it. just press forward and hope we don't get any more hard rain. >> reporter: but those same areas are expecting more rough weather through saturday morning, with up to half a foot more i the forecast from new orleans to jackson, mississippi. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. it's back for the campaign trails for the gop candidates in the race for president, after a relatively tame debate last night. kenneth moten has more.
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>> reporter: that homestretch to what's being dubbed super tuesday three. donald trump started the morning with an endorsement from dr. ben carson, a formal rival trump once called a psychopath. >> we buried the hatchet. that was political stuff. >> reporter: the political stuff has led to a change in strategy for marco rubio who is urging his supporters to vote for john kasich in ohio. >> if a voter in ohio is motivated by stopping donald trump and comes to the conclusion that john kasich is the only one that can beat him there, i suspect that's what they'll do. >> the answer is not simply to yell, china bad, muslims bad. >> we clearly have to control our boarders. we can't have people just walking in. >> reporter: the candidates held their punches. but it's this blow to a protester at a trump rally that has brought attention to the
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raucous behavior at his events. >> we've had some violent people. they're not just people that talk. these are people that punch. >> what he stands for is not representative of american values. >> reporter: hillary clinton attended nancy reagan's funeral. today, bernie sanders has his sights set on north carolina, ohio, and illinois. stacey believes he has a good chance of winning on tuesday. trump said this morning he believes last night's debate should be the final one, and it's time for the party to unite. kenneth moten, abc news, washington. president obama delivered the keynote address this afternoon at the south by southwest festival in austin, texas. he became the first sitting president to attend the event and he used the platform to call on attendees to apply their ideas to make technology work for everyone. especially when it comes to tackling the big issues like climate change and addressed
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concerns about encryption and privacy rights while keeping america safe. >> i anguish a lot over the decisions we make over how to keep us safe and i'm not interested in overthrowing the values that have made us an exceptional and great nation. >> the president will attend a democratic fund-raiser in austin before heading back to washington. coming up as "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues, "star wars" actress davy wrigley in a different battle off screen. i'm michael finney. ask finney is just ahead. i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. i'll answer your questions here live a little later. i'm spencer christian. what a dramatic sky, breaks of sun, dark clouds and still a lot of rain. i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up. check the traffic at 4:36. more gloomy picture right here than spencer just presented. this is walnut creek. you can see the drops on the
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the actress who plays ray in "star wars" is now backing away from criticism of the person who body shamed her on line. she took exception to this meme saying "i can't believe the unrealistic expectations i'm setting for young girls. who cast me any way?
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don't they know real women have curve?" she's now backing down and asking people to stop attacking the person who posted the original meme. againness world records said a man who lived through both world wars is the oldest man. he was born in poland in 1903. american susanna jones is the world's oldest living person at age 115. >> wow! >> great longevity. this rain is lasting quite some time. >> spencer christian here. we're avoiding any age jokes. >> go right ahead. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd rainfall, heavy rain reaching across the southern and eastern portions of the bay area. on the peninsula right now, up
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into the santa cruz mountains, heavy downpours, over to palo alto. rain is pushing out into the hill country right now, leaving behind quite a drenching as it does so, as it moves that direction. in the north bay, not a lot happening, but we'll have showers during the evening and overnight hours. tomorrow, statewide look for rainy weather in the northern half of the state. sunny and mild and here in the bay area, we'll see a line of showers moving through tomorrow, so another wet day at times with highs ranging from 50s at the coast to low 60s inland. and it's the st. patrick's day tomorrow. aren't we all just a little irish on st. patrick's day? spencer o'christian here. tomorrow morning, partly cloudy in san francisco. 1:00 p.m., a bit cloudier. in the afternoon, some rainfall. rain chances, 80% tomorrow.
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90% on sunday. tapering off to near zero tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday of next week. >> spencer o'christian, had no idea. thank you. still ahead here on "abc7 news" at 4:00, the duke and duchess of cambridge bring attention to a new cause to help people of all ages. >> i'm michael finney. so you get a gift card, only to try to use it a few weeks later and the store is closed, what and the store is closed, what ca vo: across america, people are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes with non-insulin victoza®. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar. but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza®. he said victoza® works differently than pills. and comes in a pen. victoza® is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c. it's taken once a day, any time. victoza® is not for weight loss, but it may help you lose some weight. victoza® works with your body to lower blood sugar in 3 ways:
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we have some breaking news. this is out of chicago. this is a live scene -- this is just moments ago, i believe. >> wow. >> no, this is live right now. this is live. there was a dust-up a moment ago and another one here. this is a donald trump political rally in chicago. just canceled because of security concerns. not sure what the nature of the brawling is here. but this -- we saw it few minutes ago on the break, and now this. again, not sure exactly what is going on. we've seen in the past, recent past, punches thrown, one big brawl in particular at a trump political rally. and a protester was taken off the stage moments ago. this has been canceled in
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chicago tonight. we'll keep you posted. >> wow. the duke and duchess of cambridge are shining a light of suicide prevention. they're making mental health a priority. here are the details from london. >> reporter: the duke and duchess of cambridge, fresh off the french slope and their family vacation captured in these adorable snaps. now the duo are stepping up their game. >> i think from now on, we're going to see william and kate and harry carry out a lot of public engagements. one of the things they seem to focus on ismental health. >> reporter: william and kate at two events on thursday. but first, an emotional meeting with mental health patients and campaignering, shining a bright light on suicide prevention. following that, a discussion with school kids in kensington palace. >> a lot of people who met the
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royals said, i was embarrassed about my problems but they told me not to be ashamed and i felt it was okay. i think they really can make a big difference there. >> reporter: the royals making mental health an issue near to their heart. william and kate and harry putting the tabu subject high on their agenda. kate recently turning their home into a makeshift newsroom. commissioning a number of articles and blogs on mental health. william and kate packing in as many events as they can before jetting off to india next month. time now for ask finney. michael finney here to answer your questions sent in. first question is from stacey in san francisco asking, i received a gift card for valentine's day to a salon, but it closed two weeks later. any tips on what to do with it now? >> stacey, thanks for your question. this is tough, because once they
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close, there's all but nothing you can do, if they go totally away. there is one piece of legislation you need to know about. here in the state of california, if a store remains open, then they have to keep honoring the gift cards. back in the day, they would say oh, we declared bankruptcy, we're not taking the cards. california they have to keep taking them until they close. >> gale sent an e-mail asking, is there a limit to the number of repair visits for a warranty before i'm entitled to a new appliance. my oven has been repaired four times since january and again needs replacement parts. >> are you kidding me, since january? that's horrible! look, it is time for you to get a new one. there isn't a specific number, but there is a law that governs all warranties for all products. basically what it says, if the item does not operate the way a
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normal person would expect it to react, and to act, then it's truly broken. you've tried four times. call them up, tell them it's time for a new appliance. if they say no, tell them you're going to write me and invite me. >> robert asks, how would you handle contractors or service people who come to your home and want to use your bathroom? >> look, you don't want to be mean and you want to be accommodating to people, but you can't have strangers wandering around your house, you can't do that. by law, employers don't have to come up with a bathroom if you're a mobile employee, someone who is moving around. if they're going to be at your place for a day or two, they have to come up with a bathroom plan and it doesn't mean it's necessarily your bathroom.
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so they should train them that way. you shouldn't allow people to wander around your house. that's a call you have to make. i wouldn't do it. i'm serious. don't open your door to people you don't know. >> you have a big weekend. >> we do, we do. tomorrow, i'll be anchoring our live coverage of the san francisco st. patrick's day parade tomorrow at noon right here on abc 7 at and on our news app. it's going to be a great time and fun. please, tune in. >> thank you, michael. gatorade is setting its sights on digital fitness. >> and a new warning label could join salt and sugar. more's jane king. >> "the wall street journal" says gatorade is developing a microchip that is smart cap bottles and a patch that communicates digitally and provides athletes constant updates on how much they should drink. the company is offering more protein bars and a night yogurt
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to help those who work out rebuild muscles while sleeping. american get over half their calories from processed foods like breads, sweets and sodas. that's according to a new study. the researchers found that 58% of the 2,079 calories people eat each day came from ultraprocessed food. first salt warnings, now sugar. restaurants are going to be asked to warn diners about sugars and carbohydrates. unlike the sodium menu labels, all restaurants would be required to display the poster. and cvs announced a $50 million, five-year commitment to fund new programming to reduce smoking among youth and young adults. their goal is to create the nation's first tobacco free
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generation. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king. here's to your health. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. up next, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. what pg and e is doing to get ready for a stormy weekend. kristen sze has a look at what's coming up at 5:00. bay area reservoirs are ripe to bursting. all the difference that a few storms make. plus, land mark locations. an icon of the oakland water front is sold. and milestone. this test represents for nasa. and we're keeping an eye on that breaking news out of chicago. a donald trump rally canceled because of security conce
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here's look at tonight's primetime lineup -- pg&e bracing for a stormy weekend and with trees falling
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and hitting power lines like this one in mill valley, it is a real concern. jonathan bloom is live in fremont where a lot of those preparations are taking place. jonathan? >> reporter: that's right. today pg&e gave us a tour of its very biggest material distribution center, located right here in fremont. when things break like those power poles and transformers all over these neighborhoods, this is where they come to get the parts to fix it. this is a very busy place and tonight it is about to get busier. it's a warehouse so big you need a computer to navp gate it. >> the program says start here. >> reporter: a typical day might see two dozen workers driving these stock picks up and down the aisles, combing through some 14,000 different parts. >> cross arms, screws and bolts, everything you might need to keep the system running. >> reporter: it's always a lively place. >> it's busy, but certainly as storms occur, the base even quickens here. >> reporter: parking lots full
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of transformers, spools full of thick cable. not stuff you typically see close up. >> distribution system, all the things that you see up in the sky, start down here. >> reporter: when the clouds roll in, the trucks roll out. >> we do have in-house meteorologists at pg&e, and they help us make sure we have the right crews and right equipment and right place to restore any outages quickly. >> reporter: this center covers the bay area and a bit beyond from santa cruz up to vallejo. when the forecast says rain, they're putting parts in buckets for the spots likely to see damage. >> we look at it as a challenge, and we want to get it done as quickly as possible so our customers have power. >> reporter: pg&e says smart meters help that. pg&e says it's ready for what nature dishes out. >> perhaps not as strong as the storm last weekend, but we're always ready.
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>> reporter: jonathan bloom, "abc7 news." >> thanks for joining us at "abc7 news" at 4:00. i'm larry beil. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now with ama and kristen. i haven't seen it in 19 years this bad. >> from flooded fields to rained out roads, sonoma county gets soaked by the storm. >> in napa, signs warn drivers to be careful, but the streets are still tough to navigate. in pacifica, the rains bring new concerns for hillsides haunted by years of erosion. and -- >> there likely wouldn't have been a president ronald reagan without a nancy reagan. >> today, a final tribute to a former first lady. >> live, from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> another wet day in a wet week
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means this is a common sight tonight in the north bay. the santa rosa creek is bursting with water and streams and creeks could get higher this weekend. a mudslide made for a precarious situation on north highway 101. thankfully the driver was just shaken up. belmont public works plains strong winds and saturated soil for a tree that came crashing down across bishop road today. nobody was hurt. all of today's problems are because of the downpour. this rain you're seeing here is on highway 17 in the santa cruz mountains. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz in for dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. lots of power packed in those clouds. >> let's get right to sandhya
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patel with the latest. >> as we look at live doppler 7 hd, we have the winds going and let me take you in where we are tracking the wet weather. that's right into the south bay, the santa cruz mountains, around scotts valley, bolder creek. still looking at the lwet roadways. in the east bay, tracking moderate rain around pleasanton. the area of low pressure associated with this storm is coming on shore, so we'll keep the wind going, keep those showers going, at least through about 9:00 tonight. winds are gusting right now, although not as strong at sfo, 3 miles an hour. wind advisory until 6:00 p.m. tonight. gusts 35 to 45 miles per hour. over the hills, winds are still gusting between 50 to 60


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