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beautiful and potentially hazardous. downpours and blustery winds hit the bay area as a powerful storm moves in bringing the potential for flooding in some areas. good afternoon and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. hang on to your umbrella, assuming you can. a strong storm bringing heavy rain and powerful winds has really started to pound the bay area. >> it's coming down hard and has been for several hours now. the area will get an inch of rain by this evening. >> now let's take a look at the storm from our camera which is atop mt. tam. you can see the wind blowing the tree tops there and rain is coming down. >> and this is what it looks
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like right now from our santa cruz camera. waves are pounding the coast. a flash flood watch is in effect along the santa cruz mountains until tomorrow morning. let's get the very latest on the conditions from spencer christian. >> okay, that strong storm will be with us at least a few more hours. here's a live look at doppler 7 and all of the bay area is covered with rain, most of it moderate to heavy. this has been the pattern the last few hours. most of the moisture moving up from our southwest coming along with it some milder subtropical air. it's not going to be cold the next 24 hours. check out the rainfall totals. only 0.07 at san jose. over half an inch at napa, inch and a hal at mount st. helena. up to two more inches could fall and minor flooding is possible.
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a wind advisory is in effect until 1:00 tomorrow morning. winds will range from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts 45 to 55 miles per hour especially in the higher elevations. downed trees and power lines are a possibility. here's the forecast animation starting at 7:00 this evening. notice there's not much let-up in the intensity of this storm as we get into midnight. and of course there will be more rain tomorrow. i'll give you a closer look at this storm and what's to follow a little bit later. >> all right, spencer, thank you. a whole lot of green on live doppler 7. as usual the north bay is getting hit first and the hardest by the front that is moving through. >> it's been raining up there since last night. wayne freedman joins us from johnsons peabeach in guernevill with a live report. hi, wayne. >> reporter: well, a good, wet afternoon to you. behind me is the russian river as it flows through guerneville. right now it's at a lower level than usual, which is surprising considering the amount of rain that we've had here today. so far day one of this storm has
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been blissfully bereft of any major breaking news. that's the good news. but we did put a lot of miles on our news van today. welcome to the wet country and umbrella land. anywhere north of the golden gate bridge, we lived in it today, though mostly without major problems. >> i've been here too long to worry about it. >> reporter: but with back-to-back-to-back-to-back storms the cones are out in already familiar places. the russian river is a worry zone. it's not high but residents know what to expect, especially in places like a mobile home park in forestville. laura has lived here since she was 7 years old. she's not worried yet. >> it's a play-by-play. we just kind of go with the flow. >> literally. >> literally. >> reporter: and as we come back live and look at the flow of the russian river, as we come back live and look at the flow of the russian river again, the big
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concern right now is not for now but maybe for this time next week. sonoma county water officials told me that right now the river is flowing at roughly 200 cubic feet per second, which might sound like a lot. flood stage is more than 1200 or 1500 feet per second. that's where they begin to worry. we're not there yet, but next week where i'm standing conceivably if we have back-to-back-to-back-to-back storms, this could be under water. wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> thank you, wayne. the streets were wet and drivers needed their wipers off and on all morning, but the steady rain really didn't start coming down in oakland until around noon today. that brought out the hoodies and umbrellas. not everyone went that route to stay dry. >> i use my head. i look at the clouds and i said i don't have no umbrella, so i got plastic over my hat. i saved the hat because i didn't want water damage on the hat.
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>> whatever works. famous wayne expects to be off all week. he tells us nobody gets their shoes shined in the rain. >> famous wayne should be marketing that hat actually. abc 7 news was at walnut creek's heather farm park. the puppies and their owners were having fun out there, some play time ahead of the rain this afternoon. the nearby canal was low. plenty of room for a beautiful egret. warning signs are out there for a reason. please stay out of the canal and stay safe. today's storm made for a messy morning on the road for drivers. fremont police tell us this accident on 880 at mission boulevard was likely the result of a spinout on those slick roads. abc 7 news was in fremont as a light rain fell nearly the entire time. it is a good reminder to slow down. drivers should also be warned about snow on mt. hamilton. highway 130 is back open this afternoon, but there's still plenty of snow piled up on the streets. and be careful if you're planning a trip to the snow. an avalanche warning, veyes,
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avalanche warning in effect for the sierra. this is south lake tahoe at heavenly mountain resort. avalanche danger will be high until thursday morning. now, the warning does not apply, does not apply to the ski areas or mountain corridors. let's take a look at caltrans video. a very snowy interstate 80 near castle peak, slow going there. chain controls are on for drivers heading east of placer county. despite all the snow, california could be facing a sixth year of drought. this morning was the first manual snowpack measurement of the season and it was below average at just about half of normal. you might remember two years ago this survey as taken on a dirt patch when the drought was much worse. a spokesman for the state's department of water resources says it's too early to predict if the wet weather this year will ending the drought. you can track today's storm any time with the abc 7 news app. watch live doppler 7 and track the rain where you live.
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also enable push alerts to get weather updates sent right to your phone or tablet. a rash of small, mysterious fires is plaguing the 101 corridor in san jose. it appears there's an arsonist on the loose there. vic lee is live at one location at emma prush park. vic. >> reporter: well, larry, that palm tree right behind me here in the park we're told was set on fire in december. now, as you can see it sits right underneath the freeway where the most recent fires were set. the folks who work here in the park tell us they think they know who the arsonist is. over the weekend, several suspicious fires in the early morning hours along highway 101 near story road. in one fire, flames spread to a nearby caltrans storage container. the latest one this morning along the freeway corridor not far from here. what has been set ablaze? palm trees. is that common? >> not that i remember, but i've
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only been with the department 18 years, so i can't speak to what happened before that. >> reporter: and apparently these most recent fires weren't the only ones according to a battalion chief, who was on the scene over the weekend. >> this has been a -- becoming a chronic fire in this same location. we've had over a couple dozen of these calls over the past few weeks in the same location, same area of the freeway. >> reporter: here at nearby emma prusch park, which sets next to the freeway, you can see at least one torched palm tree. folks here tell us they have seen a homeless man chop down trees, yelling that trees are evil and that he had reportedly set fire to some of them. the chp has also seen small fires along the 101 corridor. >> the frequency with which we're seeing some of the fires now is relatively new, not something that we've seen in the past. >> reporter: we combed the area where the fires occurred and found abandoned homeless camps where palm trees were torched.
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on the ground, lots of exposed wire, much of it charred. near lie highway lamp posts where wiring had been yanked out. >> the copper comes in a sheath and one way to expose the copper would be to burn it or cut it off. >> reporter: lots of possible causes of the mysterious fires, all of which the fire department and the chp are investigating. stay tuned. vic lee, abc 7 news. landlords in san francisco's mission district will soon face tougher fire safety rules. the call for those measures followed two deadly fires in 2015. apartment buildings must have upgraded and louder fire alarm systems. tenants will receive smoke alarms and updated fire safety information and alarms must be tested once a year. the new codes go into effect in a month. we're learning that mass murderer charles manson may be seriously ill. manson was taken from corcoran state prison in the central
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valley to a hospital today for an undisclosed medical issue. one of the newspaper sources says manson is very sick but couldn't provide specific information. no comment so far from officials from the state department of corrections. manson is serving nine concurrent life sentences for murders in the l.a. area back in the late '60s. the golden gate bridge zipper truck is back on track in time for the afternoon commute but it was a different story for people headed to work this morning after the vehicle that changes the lane configuration needed a fix. amy hollyfield has the story. >> reporter: it had all the elements for a miserable commute, rain, three lanes open for traffic instead of four, and the first day back from a holiday. but southbound traffic on the golden gate bridge wasn't too bad this morning. >> it was fairly easy right now. no more complication. it was okay. >> it was okay? was it better or worse than you thought it was going to be? >> it was normal. >> reporter: we timed the drive at 8:15 this morning. it took five minutes to cross the 1.7 mile span.
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the only complaint commuters taking the bus had was a clogged approach. >> a little bit shorter when we were getting onto the bridge. it seemed like it took a little bit more time to get on the bridge. that was about it. >> it could have been very, very bad. >> reporter: bridge officials were relieved. this damaged piece of barrier didn't cause more problems. they weren't able to open a fourth lane going into the city because this section was damaged, possibly hit by a car. the barrier has been here two years. officials say they have had few issues with it. >> it looks like it's always been here and functioning incredibly well. this seems like one of the first problems we've had and it's going to be an easy fix. >> reporter: there's the krou that made the repairs and everything will be back to normalnor normal in time for the afternoon commute. the commute is down 7% to 8% compared to this day in the last two years so even the afternoon commute should be smooth sailing. amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. coming up on abc 7 news at
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4:00, cracking the crab standoff in northern california. we'll let you know if there's any progress to end the strike by bay area fishermen. also the raiders getting ready for their first postseason game in 14 years, but who's going to be playing quarterback on saturday? and the simple recipe some east bay students are following to help a classmate battling cancer. >> it's 4:12. we'll take our first look at the afternoon commute. let's see, it's been raining all day. do you want to guess how it's going right now on the skyway in downtown san francisco? it is bumper to bumper in both directions. likely to stay that way for a while. back with more on abc 7 news at 4:00 right after the break
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dungeons crab season -- wholesalers stood their ground at a meeting this morning. the two sides are at odds over the purchase price of crab. they set it at $3 a pound. wholesalers want it lowered to $2.75. crash fishermen are on strike from san luis obispo to washington. the court clerks closed up that you are offices an went only early in alameda county today. there's a $5 million budget shortfall and for now as a cost-cutting device the clerk's office across the county will be closing at 2:30 instead of 4:30. even the traffic courts are affected by those early closures. the raiders' hopes of advancing in the nfl playoffs will likely rest on the shoulders of a rookie quarterback who will be making his first start as a pro.
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yikes! connor cook came off the bench in sunday's 24-6 loss in denver. he actually looked pretty solid. that followed the second-stringer, matt mcgloin, getting hurt against the broncos, injured his shoulder. the regular starter, derek carr, is probably out for the rest of the season while he recovers fro a broken leg. despite all of these setbacks, the raiders say they believe in connor cook. >> he's confident out there. he was just ripping them, making throws, stepping up in the pocket. i think he did a really good job. >> the raiders' opponents, the houston texans, will start their backup quarterback as well, brock osweiler will replace tom savage on saturday. savage suffered a concussion last week and osweiler was given a $72 million contract. we'll see if he can live up to it in this game. raider nation, you can watch your team kick off wild card weekend against the texans right here on abc 7. our live coverage starts at noon on saturday with the kickoff at 1:30, all on abc 7.
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then we'll have a live edition including postgame reports live from houston, texas. more nfl news. we're learning more details about the stormy relationship that led to the firings of the 49ers head coach and their general manager. chip kelly talked with jay glazer of fox sports and kelly accused then gm trent baalke of undermining him for several weeks in an effort to get kelly fired and have baalke save himself. kelly previously said baalke blocked his efforts to draft dak prescott, who's become an instant star with the dallas cowboys. baalke has not spoken publicly regarding the firings. a group of teens is going all out to support a classmate with hodge beginkin's lymphoma. they're raising money by following this simple recipe, live, love and bake. lyanne melendez explains. >> reporter: baking 101. how to make irresistible cookies
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and sell enough of them to support a cause. that's what these students in hayward have learned in the past few weeks. >> so being able to step up and do something without having to ask anybody else. >> reporter: when their classmate, 16-year-old rikaya was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma, her friend, elias, rallied the troops. >> she was pretty energetic and it hurt us when we found out about this, so we decided to give back and start a fund-raiser for her and help her out. >> reporter: so far they have raised more than $500. they called the campaign cookies for cookie, her nickname. this alternative high school was so proud of its students they posted pictures on instagram. >> they worked really hard. some of them got super sick of baking cookies, but they knew that it was for such a spectacular human being. >> reporter: while they were baking today, cookie was undergoing chemotherapy. too sick to talk to us, her mother told us off camera she's in good spirits.
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>> it's just wonderful to know that my daughter and myself are surrounded by wonderful people to help us get through this. >> reporter: knowing that more money is needed, her friends also started a go fund me page to help pay for some of her medical bills. >> a lot of people wouldn't be able to handle it, but her herself, she handles it very well. it's hard, she's only 16, but she's really pushing through it. >> reporter: in hayward, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. if you'd like to help out, we have a link to the students' go fund me account on our website, look for cookies for cookie. let's get back to spencer christian and the forecast and more rain, more rain, more rain coming. >> all the way through the next seven days. if you have stuff to do, thursday is your day. otherwise carry your umbrella and rain gear. put on the rain boots. this is the picture right now. moderate to steady rain is soaking virtually all of the bay area. just a few central parts down near the golden gate. it's gusty right now.
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winds gusting from 26 miles per hour at sfo to 28 across the bay in oakland, 41-mile-per-hour gusts at half moon bay. it's windy all around the bay area. and it's still wet as you can see from our live view from the rooftop camera here at abc zen lo -- 7 looking over the embarcadero. low 50s in san francisco, oakland, mountain view, san jose, gilroy and half moon bay. the bay bridge, the pavement is wet but it doesn't appear to be pouring right now. 50 at santa rosa, napa 51, 50 at novato, 48 air fairfield and 54 at concord and livermore. these are your forecast futures. we'll see more heavy rain and windy conditions tonight. showers continue tomorrow. this very wet pattern continues the next seven days. our current storm which will be tonight's storm and into early tomorrow morning ranks 2 on the storm impact scale.
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it will continue to produce moderate to heavy rainfall through this period with windy conditions in the evening hours and late-night hours. up to two inches of rain total expected from this storm. minor flooding is possible. 5:00 this afternoon, notice the areas of yellow and orange indicating moderate to heavy rainfall. that pattern will continue at least until midnight before it starts to taper off just a little bit. even tomorrow morning at 5:00 as the morning commute begins we'll see widespread areas of moderate to heavy rainfall. although not quite so heavy by midday tomorrow as today. tomorrow will still be a wet day right on into the evening hours tomorrow so don't expect too much of a break. meanwhile over in the sierra, winter storm warning is in effect until 4:00 a.m. thursday. we expect 1 to 2 feet of snow lake level and 2 to 4 feet above 7,000 feet. gusts up to 100 miles per hour and we expect snowfall from a foot and a half to 2 feet in most central sierra locations. overnight here in the bay area, we'll see low temperatures
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mainly in the low 50s. a little cooler, mid to upper 40s in the north bay valleys. tomorrow's highs will be in a narrow range, mid to upper 50s for most of the bay area. chances of rain over the next seven days as i mentioned, thursday is expected to be a dry day, zero chance then. but substantial chances of rain all of the other days in the forecast period. here's a little skip ahead forecast animation for you beginning friday. friday night we'll see more rain come in, continuing through saturday, continuing overnight through sunday, continuing overnight into monday morning. so it's a very wet period of weather ahead. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. there's your break there on thursday with even a slight, slight chance then but we're calling it near zero. the two storms over the weekend, both rank 2 on the impact scale. rainy, windy conditions will prevail both days. this is a really, really active weather pattern. we haven't seen one like this in a long time. >> thank you so much, spencer. coming up, the emotional reunion of a mother and son 55 years after she gave him up for
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adoption. she explains why she made that difficult decision. and later, time to make plans for bottle rock. we have the list of headliners for the annual music festival in napa. right now making plans for your afternoon commute home in the east bay, this is a live look at 680 in walnut creek. slow going, especially in the northbound direction. that is the oncoming traffic, the headlights. southbound is looking pretty decent. back with more on sure, you could sit around all night waiting for a pizza to be delivered. but wouldn't making it yourself be a lot more fun? it's baking season. warm up with pillsbury. protein. protein proteiny protein.
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a texas man got a birthday present up like any other. he met his birth mother for the first time. take a look at the tearful reunion at amarillo, texas. it happened on new year's eve the day before edward turned 50 years old. his mother was living in a shelter when she gave her son up for option today. it left a deep scar in both of them. >> god brought him back to me in
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his own time. sometimes you wish it would have been sooner. >> last night i slept the first time i can remember i slept without dreaming. >> montano said he always remembered the sound of his birth mom's voice and always carried a picture of her. his mom looks forward to making up for lost time. we are still on eagle watch today as harriet and her mate wait for their second eaglet to hatch. this is a live look at the bald eagle cam in florida, and thousands of people all around the world are keeping an eye on this. this is taped footage. our time lapse video showing feedings of the first eaglet that hatched on saturday. you'll see dad dropping off food and doing some grooming. he's known, i think, as m-15. >> male 2015 is what that stood for. >> can we just call him george? he deserves more than just a letter and a number.
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>> he brings fish. >> george is doing what he can do. you can join in on what has now become known as eagle watch 2017 and you can do this on our website, or on our free abc 7 news app. all right, well, season 21 of "the bachelor" debuted last night here on abc 7. nick viall greeted 30 potential fiancees. viall has been a runner-up twice on "the bachelorette." among those who received roses last night are two women from the bay area. jasmine g. is a dancer with the warriors and josephine is a registered nurse from santa cruz. uch watch "the bachelor" monday. we are back on storm watch. a look at the conditions right now on the peninsula. also a few choice words from president-elect trump that got house republicans to cave on a controversial proposal, at least for now. and the major u.s. state where the governor is now
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and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. the chp is trying to find out who set at least three suspicious fires to palm trees along interstate 680 near 101 in san jose. the latest fire burned this morning. highway patrol officers say they
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have seen an unusually high number of fires along san jose freeways, many near homeless camps. they're looking into whether any of the fires may be caused by people stealing copper wire. laura anthony tweeted about a lawsuit that claims a popular east bay elementary schoolteacher used duct tape to silence a fifth gradener class. coming up at 5:00, hear what the boy's family has to say. spencer christian and the abc 7 news weather team are tracking the first in a series of storms with live doppler 7. spencer tweeted to look out for ponding on roadways during the evening commute. heavy rain is coming down on 101 near petaluma this afternoon. it was hard for the windshield wipers to keep up. rain and wind are a big issue throughout the bay area. our storm watch continues with melanie woodrow live at the pacifica pier holding on to your hood there, melanie. >> reporter: quite literally, yes, that's what's happening. we are really getting pelted. the wind and the rain have absolutely picked up. you're right, if i let go, i
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will lose my hat. the other thing that's changed here over the course of this day is over there at the pier earlier today it was filled with fishermen. as the rain and the winds have picked up here, a lot of people are calling it a day. as waves crashed into the pacifica pier, juan and his friends began to reconsider their plans. >> if it starts raining, we may have to call it a night. >> reporter: he came from fremont to try his look. >> trying to get some fish. people are throwing the cages in and hoping to get one big enough. >> reporter: pacifica residents have become accustomed to conditions at the peer and nearby cliff. a 30-foot section of concrete path buckled a few weeks ago. a viewer shared this video of the same area where residents were forced from their buildings. this man came to see it in person in shorts.
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>> you have on a jacket, you have on a hat, but what you don't have on is pants. >> it's not that cold. it's 45, 50 degrees out. it's all right. >> reporter: where others see trouble. >> there's going to be a lot of wind and rain, there could be a lot of mudslides. that's one thing you have to worry about. >> reporter: nguyen seize allure. >> beautiful weather in the winter. >> reporter: perhaps more so for those who don't live here. and city council will hold a special meeting tomorrow to approve a contract to demolish 310 esplanade. melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. >> thank you, melanie. when you get unusual weather where you give, take a photo or individual owe and share iwith us using #abc7now. at least five people have been killed across the southeastern united states as severe storms continue to pound the region. in alabama, four people were killed when a tree fell and
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split their mobile home in two. a dozen tornados touched down overnight in georgia and mississippi. >> we were kind of watching and then all of a sudden it was just on top of us, just that fast. the whole building shook. >> i thought it was hailing, and then the window to my room blew in. >> take a look at this. streets turning into rivers. this is in jackson, alabama, where 6 inches of rain fell in only four hours. in florida, a man was killed by fast-rising waters. the 115th congress is now in session with members being sworn in today, including california's newest senator. >> do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic? >> that's camilkmi kamala harri sworn in. she's the first indian american senator. it was part of a wild day on capitol hill in which house republicans backed away from a controversial move.
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abc news reporter megan hughes has the story. >> reporter: a new year, a new congress. >> congratulations to you all, you're now members of the 115th congress. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan securing the votes to keep his position in the new term. >> this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. the people have given us unified government. >> reporter: but it's off to a rocky start. house republicans first taking a vote late at night and behind closed doors to strip power from the office of congressional ethics. >> we were getting phone calls on ethics. the headlines were kind of like we weakened ethics so that's never a good headline. >> reporter: after less than 24 hours and one tweet from president-elect donald trump later, they changed course. >> i thought it was not the right way to proceed. >> reporter: trump's tweet said as unfair as the ethics watchdog may be, congress should focus on tax reform and health care, which led democrats to wonder was he opposed to gugt the ethics or just the timing?
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>> i'll let the president-elect explain what he was intending in his tweet. >> reporter: republicans returning to making good on president-elect donald trump's promises 17 days from his inauguration. >> we're focused on repealing and replacing obamacare. we'll look forward to legislation that will give us the tools to roll back the avalanche of red tape and regulation that have been stifling american jobs. >> reporter: vice president-elect mike pence and president obama will visit congress on wednesday. we've lenders more about who will be attending the trump inauguration. the list includes former president george w. bush and his wife laura, as well as bill and hillary clinton. megan hughes, abc news, capitol hill. president-elect donald trump is warning u.s. automakers that he intends to impose a 35% tax on cars they build in mexico and then ship back to the u.s. today mr. trump went after general motors tweeting make the chevrolet cruze in the u.s. or face a heavy tax.
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gm says it makes the sedan model of the cruze at an ohio plant but the hatchback is built in mexico for global markets. gm says only a small number are sold in the u.s. about the same time that mr. trump sent that tweet, ford announced it's cancelling plans to build a new auto plant in mexico. instead the automaker will invest $700 million in a michigan factory and will create 700 jobs to build electric and self-driving vehicles. the ceo of ford says the decision was based on regulatory policies advocated by mr. trump. during the campaign trump threatened to slap hefty tariffs on vehicles built in mexico and imported by ford. new york governor andrew cuomo is proposing to offer free college tuition for state residents. he made the announcement alongside senator bernie sanders who pushed for free tuition during his run for president. it would provide free tuition to community colleges or state university of new york or city university of new york. to be eligible, families must
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make less than $125,000 a year. cuomo aims to start the program this year. >> love to see that happen in california. still to come on abc 7 news at 4:00, an update on a devastating fire that has destroyed at least 100 homes in chile. i'm spencer christian and here's the scene atop mt. tam where it is rainy and windy. more of the storm is coming our way. i'll have the accuweather choose. choose. choose. but at bedtime... ...why settle for this? enter sleep number and the
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are now homeless after a raging fire burned at least 100 homes in the city of valparaiso. 19 people were injured. gusts of wind fanned the flames creating pillars of smoke that actually blocked out the sun. authorities are trying to figure out exactly how that blaze started. and the storm continues. here's live doppler 7. we've got rain covering all of the bay area right now, mainly moderate to heavy rainfall. rain continues into tomorrow and what's left of the storm tomorrow ranks 1 on the storm impact scale. a little weaker than today's storm but it will still be wet. breezy at times, up to an inch of rain is possible. here's the forecast animation starting at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow at which point there will still be pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall covering two-thirds of the bay area so the morning commute will not be any treat. we'll see the rainfall continuing throughout the day but it will be light to moderate rainfall into tomorrow evening before it starts to break up. then we've got a break on thursday, but another storm starts to develop late friday.
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here's that forecast animation into friday night, into saturday. we'll see rain covering virtually all of the area so there's a lot more wet weather coming our way. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. once again, thursday is the one day we expect to be dry, and even then there's a slight chance of rain. if you have outdoor things that must get done, you don't want rain to interfere, thursday is your planning day or your execution day. friday, another system ranking 1, late friday, on saturday and sunday storms are more intense, ranking 2 on the impact scale and on monday and tuesday we still have more stormy weather. each day the storms rank 1 on the impact scale. >> thanks, spencer. still ahead, what customs officials say caused the computer problems that delayed thousands of holiday travelers. also -- >> they said after christmas i'd get a package. well, i did get a package, but it wasn't toys. >> a new york woman gets a surprise delivery. a package packaged with pot all
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the way from california. and the frightening incident involving 2-year-old twins, but one of them saves the day. michael finney lets us know just how often
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u.s. customs says its computer systems are back online working properly after an outage delayed thousands of holiday travelers. computers flamed a technical glitch, not hackers for the delays. kenneth gibson tells us about the headaches people faced trying to get home to the u.s. >> reporter: chaos and backups at airports across the country, from l.a.x. to new york's jfk, frustrated fliers jammed into long lines. >> the lines were completely chaotic. there was no system who got through fast and who had to wait two hours. >> reporter: overnight passengers many coming off flights of 10 plus hours waiting several more hours. >> they herd you into one line and then another line and another line. it was just chaos. >> reporter: u.s. customs and border patrol confirming a computer outage affecting airports nationwide. >> the fact that this is one of the busiest travel days of the year, including international
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travel, also probably augers well for the fact the system can get overloaded. consequently if there's a time for it to break down, not only is it the most inconvenient but probably the most likely. >> reporter: plenty of passenger photos showing the disorder. the luggage piling up. >> this is the luggage getting squished. >> reporter: the long lines snaking through the country's busiest airports. in atlanta and this scene in miami. tempers flaring and people begin to lose patience, but some travelers taking it in stride, including carlos giving a thumbs up with a sea of people behind him. kendis gibson. a new york mother said somebody made a mistake. she ordered a toy in the mail and got something completely different. she said she got marijuana delivered to her home. we're talking about seven pounds worth. the mother of two writes reviews for a variety of products on her
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website so she's received thousands of shipments in the mail through the years but nothing like this. she says this shipment came from a santa monica based toy company called jack specific. >> they said after christmas i'd get a christmas. well, i did get a package and it wasn't toys. i was able to smell it and knew something was up right away. >> after her initial shock, she called the sheriff's department and handed the drugs over to them. the toy company is conducting its own investigation. a video of young twin boys is going viral and it's also teaching parents a valuable safety lesson. >> michael finney joins us. the video here is absolutely incredible. >> have you guys seen this today? it is everywhere and it deserves to be everywhere. it's amazing video and it's making the rounds. it shows two 2-year-old twins, one of them rescuing his brother. the video is amazing, but it's more than that, it's a warning. this security camera video is bringing a lot of attention to the problem. watch as 2-year-old utah twins
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bodie and brock play on a dresser when it tips over, pinning brock underneath. it's tough to watch. brock yelling out in pain while bodie works all the angles until he figures out finally how to free his brother. the two boys are unhurt but incidents similar to this take place about 25,000 times a year in america, occasionally resulting in a death. ikea has recalled 29 million dressers and chests after six children were crushed to death, but it's not just ikea or even just furniture. toppling tvs kill toddlers too. this demonstration shows the problem. the solution, furniture and tvs should be anchored to the walls. ikea and many other furniture makers now provide hardware with their new furniture. for older furniture, anchoring materials will run a few bucks.
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the federal government has an entire website on anchoring these types of furnitures and tvs. i'm going to post a link to that. it's really worth taking a look at. be careful when ordering on amazon. some of what is sold there now comes through third parties and some of them are outright rip-offs. a forbes columnist said he had three packages not arrive in time for christmas because he was dealing with scamsters. in each case amazon made good on the deal, but here's your warning. amazon, just like ebay before it, demands some attention by its users. the price is too good or comes with a new supplier, you might want to skip it. back in the old days, you could often get a discount just for ordering online rather than in person or on the phone. well, pizza hut is kicking off the new year by going back to the future. it's offering half-off discounts simply for ordering online. customers just need to click on the 50% off tile on the chain's website or mobile app. the offer is good through january 9th for carry-out or
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delivery. now, i want to hear from you. the 7 on your side hotline is hope monday through friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that number 415-954-8151. you can also reach me on facebook and isn't that video amazing? >> it's scary. >> thank you, michael. in today's wellness report, loneliness can be deadly for older people. >> and gyms prepare for the influx of new members. jane king reports. >> reporter: a new year always brings new people to the gym resolved to get in shape and the return of some not-so-new faces. the largest percentage of gym memberships are purchased in january. that's according to the international health racket and sports club association. the influx of new people can cause problems for gym management who want to welcome the new people but also not alienate the older ones. burt's bees is offering protein shakes. protein plus gut health with probiotics and protein plus healthy radiance with vitamins
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a, c and e. all provide 15 grams of protein. well, a diet high in fruits and vegetables and fish may help fight acne in women. acne could be an indicator of a poor diet. 20% to 40% of people over the age of 18 still struggle with acne. and loneliness can hit older people really hard. studies have shown that older people who feel isolated suffer higher mortality rates and increased risk of depression, cognitive decline and illnesses like coronary artery disease. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king. here's to your health. >> bay area music fans, you are in for a special treat this summer. the lineup for the 2017 bottle rock napa valley music festival was unveiled today. 70 acts will be performing in the heart of the wine country over memorial day weekend. bottle rock posted this video on its facebook page. the headliners are the foo fighters, tom petty and the heartbreakers, maroon 5. they'll be taking center stage.
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three-day passes start at $309 and go on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00. we've got a complete lineup for you on abc 7 news continues with a young woman's effort to help her peers. >> i just felt like this needs to be talked about and we need to get everyone the help they really need. >> what inspired a teenager to launch a website to assist young people in crisis. right now dan is here with a look at what's ahead at 5:00. coming up at 5:00, using duct tape to quiet a student. parents sue an east bay school district for the extreme measures one teacher is accused of taking. and putting fitness trackers to the test. michael finney teams up with consumer reports to reveal some top choices for you out there. all of that
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boat." david blaine beyond magic at 10:00 and the abc 7 news at 11:00. a 17-year-old from los altos is confronting the sensitive topic of teen suicide and mental health. nadia has launched a website for teen aragers where they can fin support from their peers. lilian kim tells us the idea was in response to the high number of teen suicides in palo alto in recent years. >> and i really realized when i looked in the mirror that i wasn't happy with who i was. >> reporter: the concept is simple. a website for teens that's operated by teens. young people from all over the world sharing their stories of survival and hope to let others know they're not alone. >> like research has shown that if a teen is in trouble or like they want advice from someone, like they're much more likely to go to someone their own age. >> reporter: los altos junior nadia came up with teens after reading a research article handed out in
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our psychology class. it was about the suicide clausteres in palo alto, the city next door. high school students killing themselves on train tracks. >> it was brushed under, teachers didn't want to talk about it. i just felt like this needs to be talked about and we need to get everyone the help that they really need. >> reporter: nadia designed teens talk herself and much of the content is driven by her handful of so-called ambassadors. in addition to teens sharing their stories, there's a resource page where people can hear from mental health experts. >> i never thought that this could be something as big as it is now. so it's kind of nice to know that i can make a difference in this way. >> reporter: already making a difference at 17 years of age. in los altos, lilian kim, abc 7 news. and a reminder, you can get the latest news any time with the abc 7 news app. download it for free and be sure to enable the push alerts to be the first to know about breaking news where you live, especially with all the storms we've got
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coming this week. thanks for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. tonight it's the perfect storm for a slow commute home. we have team coverage of the heavy rain that is pounding the bay area. the danger being posed by snow in the sierra. the avalanche warning people headed north will need to pay attention to. >> i'm spencer christian. heavy downpours of rain and gusty wind continue to poun the bay area. i'll give you a look at how long the storm will last. and the east bay teacher accused of using duct tape to quiet a talkative student. now the boy's parents respond with a lawsuit. we'll have details. plus -- >> we just want to go to see how far we can go with this. >> the east bay students putting their culinary skills to work to help a classmate who's battling cancer. the latest storm of the season douses the bay area with heavy rain, and the heaviest
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downpours are still to come. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze, thank you for joining us. let's take a live look from our camera on top of mt. tam. the wind is blowing the trees sideway. >> looking live at the golden gate bridge, drivers are dealing with wet roads. we'll begin our storm watch coverage with spencer christian tracking the storm on live doppler 7. >> here's live doppler 7. for much of the bay area this storm is beginning to reach its peak of intensity. you can see yellow and orange representing heavy rainfall. we've got moderate to heavy rain covering much of the bay area and some of the heaviest is just moving onshore right now, through san francisco and out over the bay. now, rainfall totals the last 24 hours aside from ben low monday, there's over an inch at santa rosa b


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