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live doppler 7 shows large patches of green that represents rain over almost all the bay area. >> the damage is already starting to show up. take a look, crews are trying to keep up as trees topple everywhere. >> and a live look right now from the golden gate bridge at a soggy, wet ride home. well, not the golden gate bridge. >> but wet there too, looking at san francisco. >> soggy wet ride home through the city for thousands of commuters. >> good evening, i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. be careful out there on the roads. all this rain is causing a big mess. >> we have live team coverage. let's begin with meteorologist sandhya patel tracking the rain on live doppler 7. >> yeah, it is a slow-going evening rush. as you take a look at live doppler 7, not going anywhere fast. as we get you into street-level radar here, pockets of heavier rain into pengrove, south santa rosa, stony point road. santa rosa seeing heavier rain. you can see scattered showers from orinda to lafayette. as we take you into the south
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bay, santa clara, campbell, winchester boulevard seeing lighter returns. right around the san francisco area moving out of chinatown, as we head into the east bay around emeryville, we're seeing steady rain into oakland. we do have an urban and small stream flood advisory for the entire area until 8:15 tonight. creeks already seeing some overflowing, so flowing has already begun and that will continue. ponding on the roadways, hydroplaning. when that wind is blowing and gusting to 52 at fairfield, you know that rain is getting blown sideways. it's not exactly an easy way to walk through this so take it easy out there. we do have a wind advisory until 10:00 in the north bay. southerly wind gusts will continue. trees and power lines can go down. i am getting reports of potential power outages on our twitter page. this evening the storm is a 2. brief downpours and we are looking at gusty winds. we have more storms coming.
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there's two more to be precise. we'll be back with the hour-by-hour forecast coming up. public works crews are standing by in san francisco in case this latest round of wind and rain triggers mudslides and falling trees. >> they're paying special attention to an unstable hillside next to dplen cglen ca. lyanne melendez is live from the scene. >> reporter: this is the same hillside that was giving the city the same kind of problems just last week. now this closure is a big deal because o'shaughnessy, a lot of people take o'shaughnessy in order to get to interstate 280. cars were forced to turn around on o'shaughnessy boulevard as crews closed most of the road leading to the rock slide. the department of public works had installed this concrete barrier and today preparations were under way to secure the hillside and begin knocking loose rocks first thing tomorrow morning. tom podesta lives in the glen
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canyon neighborhood. >> well, yeah, i was taking a bus down here and then i've got to walk. i guess i can walk down there. that's okay? all right. >> reporter: the office of emergency services said conditions are unstable. >> we've had a lot of rain this past week. with more rain on top of already saturated soil, it has increased risk for mudslides and landslides. >> reporter: city crews are on stand by in anticipation of any fallen trees. despite the rain and winds, the national park service was still doing scheduled maintenance, pruning trees to make sure they don't pose any danger of falling. >> we're expecting winds up to 45 miles an hour and so our trees are already weakened, so we can expect more falling trees. if you see a downed tree, call 311. if you see a downed wire, call 911. >> reporter: now stern grove not far from here was also closed this afternoon. i can tell you that park has a
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lot of trees. i don't know if you remember in 2008 a woman died after she was hit by a tree limb. now back here at o'shaughnessy, public works said it may reopen o'shaughnessy perhaps on friday, but again no promises. i'm live in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. meantime you're looking at what happened when a tree toppled onto a truck in northeast san jose. two different trees fell this afternoon along treewood lane near landis avenue. that poor truck, right? those trees stood about 300 feet apart from each other. the storm is impacting air travelers. you're looking live at sfo. officials tell us flight delays will last late into the evening. we heard about one traveler who's been waiting three hours for his flight on united airlines. so far 90 flights have been cancelled, 250 are delayed. you can get the best information by checking with your airline. an oak tree came crashing down on oak road in fairfax this afternoon. look at this, it blocked the street cutting off access to a
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neighborhood just beyond the road. the fallen tree also took out power lines. pg&e crews have been called out to clear out the downed lines. napa county officials have declared a state of emergency because of damage from wave after wave of storms. wayne freedman is live in napa county with what that means for residents. wayne? >> reporter: good afternoon. a state of emergency simply is a formality that allows a county like napa to ask for help from other counties and other agencies and to ask for help, for example, from state government or from federal government. now, they're doing this because they have learned from experience in the past. they have been through an earthquake here, they have been through fires here. they know how long it takes to get that money. so when they declared the emergency today and most of that has to do with infrastructure, with roads and with slides, they were thinking ahead. they figured they're going to already being $15 million in the
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hole on this. $15 million. napa county estimates it will spend $15 million to fix the storm problems that already exist and they expect more on the way. as county public works director steve ledderer looked around, he described this as the worst damage so far. >> it's probably in the $3 million to $5 million range. >> reporter: you're looking at a massive mudslide that has already taken part of redwood road, collapsed into redwood creek and threatens a home below. for now they call this area stabilized. when napa county declared its state of emergency this morning, it had to do with infrastructure damage like this, knowing more is likely to follow. >> today at the moment it doesn't look like this rain will have the impact we had earlier, but because everything is so saturated, even a small amount of rain will probably still cause additional small slides. will probably still bring trees down. >> reporter: steve ledderer does not plan on having a day off
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this weekend or any time soon. he also says the experiences and all of the previous disasters here in napa county have made maybe this county more prepared for dealing with what's to come than any other county. he'd just like to get some sleep this weekend. they don't know what's coming. they do expect high winds, they do expect mudslides, they don't expect it to get much better. they think it's going to get worse. live in napa in napa county, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> thanks a lot, wayne. many communities are making free sandbags available to residents. abc 7 news was at the milpitas sports center where milpitas residents can get ahold of sand and bags to protect their homes from flooding. you can monitor live doppler 7 any time on your abc 7 news app. it's a free download on the app store and on google play. our weather coverage will cover in just a few minutes. now let's go to breaking news in san jose, a fire at an apartment building. at least one person is hurt.
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this fire started just after 2:00 this afternoon at florence avenue and nancy lane on the east side of the city. we have a crew headed to the scene. they're working to find out exact lly how many people were injured and how bad those injuries were. we'll bring awe live report as soon as we get there. for the first time body camera video of a police shooting in san francisco is being made public. it shows the confrontation between a man and officers on the 6th of january. abc 7 news reporter vic lee is live at the hall of justice with the footage. vic? >> reporter: eric, interim police chief tony chaplain was planning to show this body cam video later this week, but public defender jeff adachi beat him to the punch by showing it to reporters early this afternoon and that prompted the chief to hold his own news conference showing the video again, but with his own analysis. january 6, the two officers are responding to a neighbor's
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complaint in the middle of the night. 42-year-old shawn moore is agitated and verbally aggressive while officers ask him in a calm manner to come down from the top of the stairs. finally one officer fires pepper spray at moore. he also inadvertently sprays his partner as he falls down the stairs. moore goes back inside the house while the officers continue to tell him to come outside. after a while, moore comes out. >> get on the ground. >> reporter: officers continue yelling for moore to get down. moore comes closer, apparently to pick up some papers as he dropped something on the stairs. then a scuffle ensues. one officer has his baton raised. the body cam angle distorts the video. the other officer fires off two shots. the public defender believes the officers should have used crisis intervention techniques. >> mr. moore did not have to be shot and the officers, had they properly used de-escalation techniques would have gone home.
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>> reporter: interim police chief tony chaplain sees it differently. >> you saw them back down the stairs, one officer put his hand up and backed the other officer up. >> reporter: he released photos of the two officers and the injuries suffered after the scuffle. moore is at the county jail, charged with among other accounts assault on police officers. vic lee, abc 7 news. getting ready for an onslaught of demonstrators. a bay area city is warning you to be ready for a week of protests. reviewing and upholding are two different parts. >> senator kamala harris fighting for california's high environmental standards. >> also thousands of bikes may bow dumped on sidewalks in san francisco. the city says you could see them anywhere, even right outside your home. and looking live at the rain from our emeryville camera. meteorologist sandhya patel has
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the full forecast when we come back.
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back now with a live look from our san mateo bridge camera. you can see traffic fairly heavy but it is a wet commute out there. wet and messy with all this rain. live doppler 7 shows that rain and even potentially thunderstorms hitting the bay area right now. sandhya patel is back in a few minutes. oakland is bracing itself for a stormy weekend. they are preparing for large waves of protesters after the president-elect donald trump's inauguration. >> laura anthony is live in oakland with the preparations under way. laura? >> reporter: hi, eric. the big demonstration is not
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expected here in oakland until friday morning. while we haven't seen any businesses boarding up their windows, at least not yet, we have seen the city and the businesses preparing in other ways. despite the rain, oakland city employees hit the streets to bring downtown business owners up to speed on the protests and demonstrations expected to begin early friday. >> we can anticipate with the inauguration on friday a lot of activity. >> reporter: city officials will activate their emergency operation center and all police days off have been cancelled to both manage the large crowds and handle potentia problems like oakland saw after the election. >> the destruction has damaged the reputation of some of the activists and organizers, and so what we're hearing is that there is a focus more on disruption than destruction. >> we're expecting 10,000 to 20,000. it really depends on the weather. >> reporter: the largest event will bow saturde saturday, with
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women's march downtown. >> we've been working with the police department, the city, we've notified the businesses. we actually just went and walked the route last saturday and talked to the businesses on the route. >> taking arms, tearing up, destroying communities is not the answer to get the results that we need. we need peaceful results and we need results that are going to change and include everyone. >> reporter: with several demonstrations looming, some businesses aren't taking any chances, like this audi dealership. in post election protests, its windows were shattered and an expensive car damaged. this time they'll bring all their cars inside. in oakland, laura anthony, abc 7 news. and abc 7 news anchor dan ashley will be in washington, d.c., tomorrow and friday. he's got live reports on the president-elect's inauguration. newly elected senator kamala harris made her presence known in washington today going after donald trump's nominee to head
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the epa. >> the epa has historically recognized california's authority to issue new motor vehicle standards that go above and beyond federal standards. do you agree to uphold that same standard that has been held by your previous -- >> i agree to review that as each administrator before me has. >> harris is concerned that scott pruitt will not allow california to continue to set its own clean strict vehicle emissions rules as it has in the past. as attorney general in oklahoma, scott pruitt sued the epa more than a dozen times in support of fossil fuel companies. tearful testimony in washington today from a california woman who lost her home to foreclosure. >> this comes as democrats and consumer advocates try to stop a former bank executive, steve mnuchin, from becoming treasury secretary. >> yeah, it's a pretty interesting story. christina clifford of carlsbad was approved for a home loan modification by one west twice. each time the bank lost the paperwork, but cashed the check
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submitted in the same envelope. this is what happened next. >> i received a knock on my door. the man that introduced himself -- i apologize. as the new owner of my property. >> clifford says he should not profit from irresponsible behavior. clifford's story is a familiar one. >> making every attempt to do the right thing. these working families lost their homes due to aggressive and malicious foreclosure practices at the hands of mr. mnuchin and his bank. >> today's forum was put on by senator elizabeth warren after republicans refused to let foreclosure victims speak at the confirmation hearing. general motors has been hit with a $1 million fine in connection with the ignition switch recall. the feds say the automaker knew its ignitions were a safety
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issue at least a year before it became public. the find by the security and exchange commission is for not having the checks in place to warn gm accountants in advance of the potential recall. better accounting controls would have foresaw a recall and warned of the economic impact. >> thank you, michael. well, some california crab and salmon fishermen will likely get federal money as part of a disaster declaration. the u.s. commerce secretary declared nine fisheries disasters along the west coast. congress will have to find the money to help cover the losses. we want to update you on the snowy conditions in the sierra. the chp tweeted this picture showing an icy and snow-packed highway 50 at echo summit. chains are also required for interstate 80 east of placer county. caltrans shows us drivers taking it slow near the kingvale exit.
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tonight the water falls at yosemite are benefiting from all the stormy weather. look at it, very active as you can see from this video taken from the valley floor. stunning picture of the water falls. here's a look at live doppler 7. good evening to you all. we are tracking some pockets of heavy rain in the north bay. santa rosa has gotten almost 2 inches of rain and we're not done yet. street level radar, you'll notice south santa rosa, petaluma hill road, we are seeing downpours. now, the rain is lighter from berkeley to oakland and to orinda across 24, the caldecott tunnel, walnut creek. as we head over toward the san francisco region, you'll notice around the richmond district, some light rain, daly city, and down the peninsula into the santa cruz mountains we're seeing rain as well. scattered in nature. around the santa cruz mountains, steady pockets of moderate rain. as we look at the south bay, some spotty showers from santa clara. in terms of the storm reports
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we've seen almost a dozen reports from around the region of some flooding and wind damage. this is why you do need to take it easy out on the roadways where as we take a look at a live picture in just a moment you'll see what i'm talking about. the russian river at guerneille is a concern. current level is 15 feet but tomorrow it's expected to reach monitor stage at 29 feet so keep that in mind. here's a beautiful live picture from our lake tahoe camera where they are seeing snow. chains required as we just mentioned on all roads leading up to the mountain, so do make it easy if you have to head up there. if you can hold off, just wait, because there will be a window to hold up. until noon tomorrow there's a winter storm warning up to two feet of snow for the highest peaks. gusty conditions leading to whiteout conditions. the resorts will be loving the snow. 19 inches at donner, 34 at kirkwood. here's the live picture. you can't see anything from our san rafael camera, it's a very fuzzy view. low to mid-50s from san
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francisco to half moon bay. we're seeing raindrops just hitting the ground, hitting our roof. temperatures 40s, 50s right now. good time to download the abc 7 news app to help you track this storm and two more storms that are coming. it's a murky view from our emeryville camera, you can barely see out there. heavy rain and gusty winds tonight. scattered showers tomorrow. we're looking at another storm on friday. the current storm is a 2. it's moderate in intensity. those brief downpours and the winds will continue, which means more power outages are possible. hour-by-hour forecast, 7:00 tonight you're still seeing pops of yellows and oranges. 8:00 into the east bay, the south bay, 10:00 p.m. eases up a bit. still looking at moderate pockets of rain. tomorrow's commute will include some showers, some sunny breaks. 7:00 a.m. you'll notice scattered showers for thursday morning's commute. 8:00 a.m. as you take those kids off to school, do allow a little extra time. 10:00 a.m. looking at scattered showers and they continue into thursday afternoon. this is going to be your break in between and the next storm
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comes in friday. also a 2 with the heavy rain and winds, but we're going to add to that. big waves, slight chance of thunder and that snow level will be dropping down to 3,000 feet. this one doesn't look like it's going to bring as much rain. 5:00 a.m. you'll notice pockets of heavy rain. 8:00 a.m. scattered pockets of moderate to heavy rain and then it turns to scattered showers quickly for this system for your friday afternoon and evening. tomorrow morning, yes, you'll still need the umbrellas, but take your shades with you. temperatures mid-40s to the upper 40s. maybe a few low 50s. for the afternoon it's going to be in the 50s with a few showers for your thursday. here's a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. tomorrow scattered showers, which is why it's a light system, a 1. the next storm is friday, it's a 2, moderate strength storm. scattered showers really morning and night on saturday, so it's a 1. you get that breather in between. sunday we have another moderate strength storm and then lingering showers monday before we actually see a break.
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can you believe that? tuesday and wednesday, eric and kristen. >> there are breaks, that's the key. >> which is the key, question. >> thanks, sandhya. thank you very much, press corps. good luck. >> good night and good luck. in his last news conference, president obama thanked the media and talks about what's next for his family. and look at that face. new at 6:00 from 7 on your side, a bay area family's vacation
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blue go go is a chinese company that lets riders drop off and pick up their bikes anywhere. riders use an app to unlock them. city officials are concerned about blight and litter, something they say is evident in china where blue go go already operates. they want the company to get permits to rent in san francisco. >> you can't just come in and dump 20,000 bikes that are going to be in bus stops, in handicapped ramps, and it's just -- it's unacceptable tech arrogance and we're not going to stand for it. >> san francisco has an exclusive bike rental program with bay area bike share which operates with rental stations. we've also tried to teach them resilience and we've tried to teach them hope and that the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world. >> that's president obama talking about what he and michelle have taught his two daughters, malia and sasha, after the 2016 election results. he gave his final news conference as president earlier this afternoon. as for what's next, the
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president says he wants to do some writing, be quiet, not hear himself talk so much and spend precious time with his girls. the obamas will continue to live in washington, d.c., while sasha finishes high school. the labor department -- >> is suing oracle. in a complaint filed in washington, d.c., the government accuses the technology company of systematically paying its white male employees more than workers at its -- other workers at its redwood shores headquarters. it also accuses the company of unlawfully favoring asian applicants in its recruiting and hiring efforts. a spokeswoman calls the suit baseless and politically motivated. well, he's jammed with some of the world's greatest musicians. ♪ >> tonight some of them will honor his talents with a special bay area concert. meet the man who can speak with
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i'm ama daetz. coming up at 6:00, the dirty job
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crews slauged through today to protect the homes of more than 3,000 people. and the prediction that car ownership is about to change and two bay area companies may be the reason why. that's all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. eric, kristen. >> thank you very much. and finally tonight, some of the biggest names in jazz are in san francisco to honor an indian musician at the sf jazz gala. ♪ >> this is zakir hussein practicing before tonight's performance. hussein plays the tabla, a small drum set from indian and pakistani classical music. over his career he's had jam sessions with the grateful dead and george harrison of the beatles. >> i've just been, you know, doing whatever i could to take everything that i learned from all the musicians from all over the world and just put it on these two drums. >> grateful dead drirm mickey hart will present him with a lifetime achievement tonight. the two have collaborated on
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several grammy winning albums. >> world news is next. >> see you again at 6:00. >> bye-bye. tonight, a former president and first lady both hospitalized. former president george h.w. bush in intensive care. his wife, barbara also in the hospital. we have new reporting here on both of their conditions. the capitol hill showdown. mr. trump's pick for health and human services on the hot seat. the fiery back and forth. mr. trump's pick for epa is asked, does he believe climate change is a hoax? and his pick for education, and her controversial answer about guns in schools. two days to go. the president-elect with his speech. how long is it? what is the tone and will he speak to a divided america? and the boycott. at least 60 democrats now saying they won't go. and president obama tonight defending his move on chelsea manning. the emergency rescues coming in. the baby pulled from rising waters.

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