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streets throughout the last couple hours it's been very active there. this scene outside the arena on the university of chicago campus. the university of illinois campus. riot police are lined up keeping a watchful eye on the crowd. about an hour ago violent clashes before donald trump took the stage. several protesters had been vocal about attending tonight's event at the university of illinois campus. that was partly prompted by faculty and staff to petition administrators to cancel this rally, claiming it would be a dangerous environment for the students. now, donald trump had this chance on our sister network msnbc just a few minutes ago. >> and i met with law enforcement. and we could have done it. we would have done it. we could have done it. but i decided not to do it. but it's very tough. i think a lot of people said oh, this is going to increase it. this has nothing to do with my desuggestion today. my decision is i just don't want to see people hurt. >> now again, this was inside the arena. that rally has been canceled.
and you might know this. violence at trump events is growing. it's a growing concern for this presidential candidate. earlier today, trump rallies in st. louis were interrupted by protesters. the st. louis post dispatch says the candidate taunted protesters from the stage and more than 30 people were arrested. all right. back to our top story, our microclimate weather alert. gray and gloomy from san francisco to the south bay. with heavy showers drenching the area. and tonight a continuing threat of thunderstorms and a flash flood advisory. now rain and wind brought down trees and power lines. right now about 4,000 customers are without electricity around the bay area. the biggest outage in east oakland which is now impacting some 1100 homes and businesses. >> we have team coverage of this storm. let's begin with our chief meteorologist jeff rainieri. jeff, what's next for us in these next 48 hours? >> we should say that the very worst of today's activity is over. what we're seeing is some lingering instability in the atmosphere right now. so over the next couple of hours
what we're continuing to find are scattered areas of rainfall. down to the south bay we have moderate rain continuing throughout near saratoga, los gatos, san jose gilroy. through milpitas and sinoi as well. sonoma and napa counties are getting a break. this is helping the river levels, the napa and guerneville river which are not expected to hit that major flood stage thought looked like we could have hit yesterday. again some good news for parts of the north bay. don't let your garth down. into the weekend this will be the one spot the flash flood watch will continue with two more storms coming our way. we'll talk more about the timing of these storm systems throughout this hour. >> okay, jeff. takous for so many out of the roads and at your homes potentially. these are tense moments for a
caltrans crew in mendocino county today. that hauler was nearly blown off the cliff by a landslide on highway 1. as a crew was working to clear another landslide up the highway. thankfully though one was injured. in sonoma county mainly flooding concerns and all eyes on the russian river which had been projected to reach flood stage. the river stayed inside its banks. but nbc bay area jodi hernandez found out it doesn't mean there's no flooding. she joins us live in guerneville tonight. jodi, what's the situation now? >> reporter: people are keeping a very close eye on the russian river and have been. the water has risen quite a bit here at this location in guerneville. you're looking at right here it's supposed to be a parking lot. and yesterday i'm told you could actually stand in it, not the case as you can see today. but we're nowhere near an emergency situation. the north bay, however, is
plenty wet. >> we need it. but i think it's a little too much. all at once? >> reporter: people who live in flood-prone areas of sonoma county are dealing with the impact of this week's stormy weather. the north bay has gotten quite a soaking. crews are busy clearing out toppled trees and fixing power lines. >> reporter: we took refuge with friends yesterday because our power was out. >> reporter: some roads have turned into waterways. this couple is vacationing in sonoma county from new york. they had planned to do a lot of hiking. but getting around is not so easy. >> reporter: trying to hike on this tray. but it's just -- everywhere we go it's needed. we'ave we've been going from ton to town trying to hit the trail heads but it doesn't work. >> reporter: while more rain is expected, fire officials says guerneville's russian river is no longer forecast to hit flood stage. still people are worried about the dozens of homeless who camp out along water's edge.
>> it's very dangerous, yeah. we can't even put in boats. the boats would be instantly swept away. are they in danger? yeah, they're in danger. >> reporter: most are take it all in stride. they've dealt with conditions. back here live in guerneville, i'm told the river levels are expected to remain steady at just under 26 feet. that is far below flood stage, which is 32 feet. the fire chief tells me that they're in the process of standing down for the weekend. things look much brighter. now, my colleague christie smith has been monitoring the situation and the storm damage in marin county. she's in mill valley with a look there. >> reporter: good evening, jodi. right now we are getting a break. we're just seeing cloudy skies though it did rain earlier. we've had days of rain. when you drive around what you see a lot of is standing water like this and hillsides that are saturated. and neighbors who have been here before. in mill valley, on and off rain
soaked an already saturated ground. a tree fell taking power lines with it on molino avenue. edith freeman lost power this morning. >> when i got up a little after 7:00, yeah, tried to turn on a light in the bathroom. i said o h. >> reporter: pg&e crews worked on a repair. most up here, though, taking the storm in stride. >> it used to happen much more frequently before so many trees have been trimmed. >> reporter: in san francisco, a low underpass filled with water. and while most drivers played it safe and turned around, a few took their chances. in san an sell mow, rain was light most of the day but floodgates and sand bags are close by. it's a drill they're familiar with. >> the whole building in fact is set up for flood gates. >> reporter: at three ring cycles they had flood water in mind when picking a floor. >> it's a particle board. and it's got five coats of popo
thane plastic on it. >> reporter: flood waters came into the bike shop previously. at the bike shop they keep an eye on the river online on phone. >> what i love about it. >> reporter: today they say not a big concern. but in an el nino season, they keep that phone handy. >> within a few hours there were serious heavy downpour it could rise up pretty quick. >> reporter: we checked in with another couple of fire departments first responders. they say the issues they were seeing today seemed to be a small comparison in this area and seemed to be more like slides closer to the coast. reporting live in sausalito, christie smith, nbc bay area news. at this hour, there are about 4,000 pg&e customers without power. this weather poses a big challenge. pg&e is working around the clock. this is the material
distribution center in fremont. one of three such centers in the bay area. it houses the equipment needed by crews to make storm-related repairs. this is a 26-acre facility. >> you probably could never be overprepared for anything. obviously pg&e we take our preparation very seriously. and obviously we encourage our customers to be prepared also. >> reporter: more than 200 crews are standing by for the next 48 hours. the santa cruz mountains were hit hard today. at times causing problems for people already trying to recover from the storm earlier this week. no one more worried about today's rain than karen kirby. as we showed you monday, her home in paradise park was flooded by an overflowing san lorenzo river. today kirby and a plumber raced to evaluate the damage done in case the river spilled over again. >> i don't know what to do to get started. i don't know if it's going to flood again. what we should really do. i'm at a loss. just a complete loss. >> reporter: kirby said she didn't watch the river rise today but it did not overflow.
she also says she doesn't expect to rest easy until the weekend's storm is gone. you can stay ahead of the storms with our nbc bay area app. go to the weather tab, find the forecast in your neighborhood. new at kw67, san jose police have made an arrest in the city's eighth homicide of the year. joshua mendoza, seen here, was booked into jail yesterday. on tuesday police say they received a call about a possible dead body at an apartment complex on montecito vista drive near oak hill cemetery. the victim was dead when officers arrived. his identity has not been released. a bizarre scene in south san jose today after reports of gunshots put an elementary school on lockdown. it happened in the seven trees neighborhood around 2:30 this afternoon. police got calls of possible gunshots. when they got to the scene, they found a silver ford crashed into the trees. see it there. but its driver and passenger were nowhere to be found. nearby dahl elementary school was temporarily locked down. still no sign of that driver or
any bullets at the scene. now to a story you'll see only on nbc bay area. it is tax season. this year it appears to come with the most sophisticated tax scams police have seen. several people in the bay area have already been the target of irs imposters. nbc bay area's elyce kirchner joins us from our contra costa news room with warning and advice. >> reporter: jess, authorities are seeing a surge in criminals impersonating irs agents. and they're targeting seniors and minorities. if he doesn't recognize the number, james no longer picks up. >> when you're in that position, it's through. >> reporter: just two days after using online software to file his taxes, he got a voice mail from what appeared to be the irs. so he called back. >> and then hang on, sir. it sounds like they are really in the office. >> reporter: the person on the phone had personal information.
a washington, d.c. area code and a case number. the 58-year-old was already told he owed $90,000 in back taxes. >> you could pay 9,000 right now and we will close the case. >> and hercules police department says they are seeing more victims than ever before. >> it seems to be very organized. not just here in hercules, all over the united states. >> reporter: according to the irs since 2013 there have been nearly 900,000 reports of similar scams, costing victims more than $26 million. most of the scams originate outside the u.s. >> and we're concerned about what these -- where these monies might be going and what it's funding. we just don't know. >> reporter: luckily he saw through the scam but worries others won't. >> of course, i don't want some other people to fall in this sca scam. >> reporter: and the is stresses that they will send you a bill
before they ever call you if you owe back taxes. never give out your bank information. and if you are threatened, contact authorities. reporting live from our contra costa news room tonight, i'm elyce kirchner, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, elyce. a body left lying in the street following a deadly hit-and-run in san francisco. happened this morning. police say a person walking into the central police station told them there was a man's body in the street right near the broadway tunnel. witnesses told the police that a white van hit the man and then fled. police have not identified the victim, only saying he was in his 60s. and the driver has yet to be found. i'm michelle roberts in pacifica where scientists are keeping a close eye on the hills, saying more rain could potentially trigger landslides. also rain here means snow there in the sierra. we'll take a look at the somewhat risky ride to lake
through a wooden gate, and right down that embankment. happened just before 10:00 in the morning on monterey road just north of metcalfe. police said the truck got a flat and the wet roads caused the truck to skid. the husband and wife inside the truck were a little injured but they will be okay. the failing cliffside in pacifica has attracted national attention. but tonight we're learning that's not the only problem. geologists say the hills around pacifica are ripe for landslides. nbc bay area's michelle roberts is on the coast for us this evening with this new concern. michelle. >> reporter: the more rain we get the more dangerous it can be. just the last hour heavy bands of rain have been moving in, certainly causing stormy seas. there's a lot of wind out there. pacifica has seen about 5 inches of rain in just the last couple of weeks. and scientists say the ground is completely maxed out. penny mitchell has called pacifica home for two decades. she and her neighbors live at
the base of san pedro valley park where some worry the stunning views come with a risk. >> if it ever rains really hard, we could just be washed down to the ocean. >> reporter: just over the hill from rosita road, geologists with the u.s. geological survey have buried a water measuring device that looks like this. >> this is an experiment. nature runs the experiment. >> reporter: when heavy rains move in the bay area, jonathan stock tracks two very important ratings. the percentage of water that has already been absorbed in the soil, and the amount of standing water near the surface. >> we're right at the cusp. if it were to rain half an inch an hour past experience indicates we would see shallow landslides. >> reporter: stock says for the first time since the measuring device was installed four years ago, the levels have reached a high risk zone for potential landslides. >> and the almost decade we've forgotten a little bit about the danger that lurks on our hillside. >> reporter: he stopped short of predicting a landslide, saying more research is needed before
the study can be used as a warning system. and while some wish the technology was more developed -- >> i wish i knew how to prepare for something like that. >> reporter: others are hoping mother nature will take it easy on the pacifica hills. >> i hope that we continue to be lucky. >> reporter: well, scientists don't have a timeline on when that warning system may be complete, but they do say with each rainstorm event they are learning more about how much the soil can handle. reporting live in pacific car, i'm michelle roberts, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, michelle. san francisco's police watchdog group says officers wrongly arrested a public defender last year. online video jamie till letson getting handcuffed went viral. she claimed police overreacted. today the city civilian police oversight board agreed. members concluded that the four police officers had no valid reason to detain her. till letsen had been advising her client he didn't have to
answer police officer's questions. the chief has apologized but until now had defended the officer's actions. san francisco has now officially become the second city in the country to raise the age for purchasing tobacco to 21. mayor lee signed the bill today. it extends to e cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as well. it takes effect in june. it could get some company soon. yesterday state lawmakers approved a bill that would raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 state-wide. it now heads to the governor's desk. back to our weather, great for skiing and snowboarding but slow to get there. expect interstate 80 to be down to one lane in each direction through the sierra tonight. here's a look at what you can expect. a shot from donor summit. you can see that long line of traffic. it's friday. good for skiing conditions, and of course one of the final few weekend of skiing perhaps. chains are required on both 80 and 50 right now. winds are strong. but as nbc's reporter found out
once people made it to the slopes, the slow ride up was worth it. >> reporter: snow moved across the sierra landscape by gusts of wind. it fell almost constantly at higher elevations, 72 feet at the base of the mountain at boreal ski resort. it impacted visibility but not enough to deter anyone from seeing. this man tells us this is his first time snowboarding. >> i wasn't too bad. i thought a lot more scary a lot more falls broken bone or something by now but it's been good. >> reporter: boreal expects a foot of snow on sunday. >> winter's not over. make sure you get up here and enjoy all the good snow we got. >> reporter: slippery roads on the way here. but today's story, no real traffic. traversing the sierra was as easy as it gets. and people were grateful to see snow. >> for one we need it. as much as we can right now. >> reporter: but with more snow coming, especially on a weekend, the road conditions could change. joe novares who happens to be a
professional driver was driving from reno to modesto today. >> this type of weather here you just slow down. don't hurry. just slow down. >> i said a few more weeks until ski season? >> you said it was ending. it's not ending. >> nonel nino years. >> this will keep going, jeff. i think all the rain is pumping up the snow. >> there were reports early on with el nino. we typically don't get that snow. but remember i looked back at the history during the el nino years. it necessarily does not mean we wouldn't get any snow. so great news for the drought no matter how you look at it. right now you can see across the sierra we have some rain, also some snow mixing in. it's not super heavy right now. as we just heard watch out for the slick conditions on the roadways. we'll pull the bay area into view. the good news right now the north bay is getting a break from heavier rainfall. as you'll see in the scrolling seven-day forecast we have more rain coming saturday and sunday with a flash flood watch in effect for marin, napa and sonoma counties.
don't let your guard down just yet. worst commute through the some nora pass. take it slow throughout that corridor. for tomorrow morning we have the chance of scattered rain in the south bay. the peninsula and east bay. but the best chance of any consistent rainfall for the morning forecast will be up here to the north bay and 47 degrees. the rain returns by the afternoon tomorrow. that will keep temperatures cold with 57 in the north bay, trivalley 59. and for the south bay coming in also in the upper 50s. the overall rain outlook has that next chance of rain once again returning tomorrow afternoon. and then what you should know about sunday is it looks like from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. light to moderate rainfall that could be rather continuous throughout the day. it's not a major storm but the ground saturated so we'll need to look out for that. the great news once again if you have not heard the russian river just missed hitting that major flood stage cresting at 25 feet. it will still be running dangerously high, though, through the weekend.
anyone expected to head near any of the creeks, rivers and streams in the north bay really should think twice not the time to go out there and check things out. we'll have more coming up in about 20 minutes. all right. thank you very much. you can track the weather conditions in your neighborhood. all you have to do is use our nbc bay area app. >> during a microclimate weather alert it's easy to get connected to the weather outside on your smartphone by going inside with the nbc bay area app. just click on radar on the weather page. there you can zero into your own neighborhood to see if it's raining there. that gives you what you need to know when you need to know it. i'm peggy bunker. that's how to stay informed with the nbc bay area app. still ahead, a presidential visit for the popular south by southwest festival. the message that mr. obama had for the nation's top tech leaders. plus it's more than just a stop for selfies. we take a look at the statue that will watch over the summer's olympics in rio. chicago...lighting up socime
happening now, the violence that canceled that donald trump rally in chicago lighting up social media this evening. we're posting the latest video and trump's comments on our twitter feed. also churning up swells from sonoma to santa cruz just posted on our facebook page. video showing just how hard these storms are hitting our coastline tonight. you can also use our nbc bay area app to track the latest forecasts. we're back in a moment. president obama keynoted uby so.
a big-time guest for a big-time event. president obama gave the keynote speech to the south by southwest conference in austin, texas. mr. obama encouraged tech companies to reach out and help bridge the digital divide, bringing the internet to underserved communities. he also said some harsh words flowing back and forth between the fbi and apple, those harsh words between the two were not helpful to either side, adding that he'd like to see compromise in that case. well, we are now less than five months until the start of the olympic games in brazil. and yet only half of the tickets for the world's biggest sporting event have been sold. however, the ioc says it is confident that tourists from around the world will flock to rio for the 2016 games. and when they do, they will be greeted by that city's most iconic figure welcoming them with open arms. you will see it first from afar. often rising above the clouds,
giving it a heavenly realm. and it is indeed up there on top a mountain called portovado. >> it represents the friendliness of the brazilian people, always with open arms to receive the visitor. >> getting there is its own journey. the train takes you on a 15-minute ride through an urban forest, the largest in the world. and at the top, the tallest religious statue in the world. one that inspires thousands of tourists each year to make the climb. but a spokesman for the archdiocese says you lose a lot if you only come for a selfie. >> it's actually a catholic sanctuary. so people come here not only to take selfies and pictures, but they come here also to have an experience with god. >> construction started atop the statue in 1926 and took five years to complete. the statue is 98 feet tall and has a wing span almost as wide. it's built with steel, reinforced concrete.
and then covered in a mosaic of triangular pieces of soap stone, individually cut by the society women of rio who wrote the names of their loved ones on the backs of the tiles for divine protection. >> having the certainty that their names would be remembered by the christ himself. >> a jewish architect, peter levy, spent years overseeing its construction. during that time, not one fatal accident occurred. but levy almost lost his own life when he fell from the scoff folding. >> and his workers held him up. he even said let me go. >> levy considered himself protected by the christ and later converted from judaism to catholicism. he put his family's name inside a cylinder inside the heart of the statue. >> so that he could be forever remembered by the heart of jesus. >> mass is held during the week at the tiny sanctuary inside the
base of the statue. and people have held weddings and christenings there as well. on a clear day the vistas of the rio landscape below could melt even the most hardened hearts. and even from a distance, it whispers of the brazilian faith in tran sen dense. >> it is a way to listen to voice of god that speaks in our hearts. >> porcovado means hunch back in portugese but in latin "where do i go." to the faithful they are up for it. >> the miracle that organizers are opening for is having all 42 venues completed in time for the game. they must also get the people of brazil who are braving a strong recession and economic turmoil and the zika virus to buy into the games. the olympics start august 5th. nbc of course is the official network of the olympic games. and i will be traveling to brazil myself to bring you live
reports. can i speak with the supervisor on-site? >> that's me and i'm not allowed to talk to anybody. >> reporter: holding the powerful accountable. the contractor cleaning up radiation at hunter's point won't talk. but a former worker is breaking his silence tonight, claiming a coverup. i'm vicky nguyen. we investigate next. hunters point in san fancco
is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the nation. we first revealed a contractor cleaning up the site admitted to mishandling radiation tests and falsifying data. >> now a former worker explains how it happened. senior investigative reporter vicky nguyen has the exclusive interview. >> reporter: jess and raj, anthony smith is speaking out tonight for the first time, revealing tactics he says his supervisors used to conceal radiation on hunter's point. smith says he's breaking his silence to clear his name and to warn the public. >> over here, and in here, pretty much anywhere you see out here it was done illegally. >> reporter: when anthony smith left hunter's point four years ago, he carried a secret with him, a secret involving radiation, deception, and a government contractor. a secret he's kept until now. >> are you relieved to be able to speak out about it now? >> yes, i am but it still bothers me. i don't even like being here.
you know what i mean? >> reporter: smith says what he witnessed and what he did caused him to question claims that the former superfund site is clean and safe. for decades, the navy ran radiation experiments on hunter's point. then the government decided to repurpose the land for homes, shops and parks. it awarded $300 million in cleanup contracts to a company called tetra tech. as a radiation control technician, smith tested soil for radioactive contamination. he left his georgia home in 2002 and worked on and off at hunter's point for a decade. at first he took pride in his work. but he says that changed in 2009. >> that's when things got out of hand. >> and when you say out of hand, what do you mean? >> a lot of samples being switched. >> reporter: as part of his job, smith collected soil samples from areas that may have been contaminated. he says supervisors began instructing him to get rid of hundreds of those samples and replace them with soil from areas that had already been cleaned. >> i didn't like it.
because it was not right. that's not the way it's supposed to be done. >> how serious of a problem is this? >> very serious. because the dirt still is still dirty. >> by dirty you mean it's still -- >> contaminated. >> with radiation. >> mm-hmm. yep. >> reporter: smith says he collected samples under this building. >> right over there is where we accessed under that crawl space. >> reporter: he recalls one sample tested positive for radium, an element linked to bone cancer. >> when i took a sample, it come back hot. and they made me get rid of it. >> so when you get a sample and it comes back hot, what does that mean? >> that means it's supposed to be some more remediation going on. they didn't do so. >> reporter: smith isn't the only one questioning the cleanup. we've learned the state health department ordered the building to be retested in december. the state says no contamination was found. who did the testing? tetra tech. >> yeah, there ought to be some legal action took against them. >> reporter: smith claims it was faster and cheaper to pass the soil off as clean when it may
not have been. smith says his bosses directed him to dump contaminated soil into open trenches. trenches now covered or paved. >> is there any way of knowing what the contamination levels are in those areas? >> no, ma'am. not until they run it the lab no way. >> reporter: smith says tetra tech fabricated chain of control forms. he says sometimes his bosses filled them out. >> i never got to see them until the end of the day. then all i done was sign my name and put the date. >> reporter: smith says he also watched tetra tech supervisors tamper with computer data that analyzed radiation levels. >> they could change the numbers. like say it was reading high at 10,000, your background's 6,000. they'd take that 10,000, knock it down to 5500, 5800, 5900. >> would you consider that fraud? >> yeah, it's fraud. >> what was the response when you raised your concerns? >> if you don't like what we're doing you can go home. automatically.
>> reporter: smith needed the job, so he stuck it out until 2012 when his contract expired. he put hunter's point behind him until the investigative unit contacted him about this. it's an internal tetra tech report. in it the company admits to the mishandling of soil samples and submitting falsified data to the navy. tetra tech blamed four sample collectors on the chain of custody forms, including smith. >> you were the scapegoat. >> mm-hmm, yeah. blaming me for something they was telling me to do every day. >> reporter: in ooh a series of investigations starting in 2013, nbc bay area revealed how former tetra tech employees and the state health department raised concerns about the company's work. but tetra tech has ignored multiple interview requests. so we went to the company's trailer on-site. >> hi. my name is vicky. i'm a reporter with nbc bay area. we need to speak with the supervisor on-site for tet tra tech. >> that's me and i'm not allowed to talk to anybody. >> is there anybody here who can talk about the radiation cleanup and what we can say to reassure
the public that this cleanup is safe? >> i am not allowed to talk to the press. everything has to go through the navy. >> reporter: but the navy has also declined our interview requests. according to its record, the company disciplined two supervisors and conducted ethical training. tetra tech says it remediated the suspect areas. but smith believes the company failed to identify or retest other questionable locations. >> when you're doing something, do it right. >> reporter: he worries the health of those who will work, play and live at hunter's point may be at stake for years to come. >> do you trust the cleanup that's happening at hunter's point? >> no. not from what i seen, no. >> reporter: the navy awarded tetra tech $10 million in contracts after it caught the company falsifying data. but the navy says it has also hired another contractor to provide quality control. just last month the nuclear regulatory commission found tetra tech may have violated an nrc requirement. it is now considering enforcement action. anthony smith, though, says he's never been contacted by the nrc and he says he would tell the
agency exactly what he told us. back to you. >> okay. thank you, vicky. still to come, dignitaries from the world of politics and hollywood all united. we'll take you to simi valley for the final goodbye to former first lady nancy reagan. also a somber anniversary. a look back at the tragedy that struck japan five years ago today. that's how former fir lanancy r
a devoted half of a truly great love story. that's how former first lady nancy reagan was remembered today in simi valley. governor brown and first lady michelle obama led a dignitaries procession at mrs. reagan's invitation only funeral. followed by former president george bush and laura bush as well as hillary clinton. nancy reagan planned the funeral
to the detail herself, selecting the music, the speak ares, which included her children who reflected on their parents' famous partnership. >> and then there was the circle of their own private world, as clear as if it had been traced around them. indestructible, impenetrable, an island for two. >> a brief graveside ceremony followed. tonight presidential library staff will stand by as nancy reagan's casket is lowered into the tomb beside her husband. and they say they were ordered to put them so close together, almost touching. >> nice to watch today. so special. jeff rainieri is back with us. we talk about what to expect this weekend. >> with the storm moving in today, there definitely was even a little bit of beauty in the sky. i want to thank mona from fremont. she got double the action with this double rainbow happening as our storm system moved by. there you can see the first rainbow near the lower part of the screen. the second one look at that. so thank you so much, mona. you can send your photos to
a tragic anniversary was five years ago today that devastating earthquake and tsunami caused the worth worst nuclear disaster in japan's history. we were among the first local tv stations in the country to travel to japan soon after this happened. it was thousands of miles away, but the impact and pain hit here in the bay area. a stanford professor who was neither epicenter tells us about the moments he believed would be his last. >> on march 11th i was in sendai, japan. >> 5 years since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of japan, unleashing enough force to knock the world off its axis by more than 6 inches. >> started shaking harder and harder. i was horrified. >> stanford's yoshio nishi was
at a conference when it shaking started. he remembers shand leers and air conditioners falling from the ceiling. >> this kind of vibration. some gaps opening up. and we thought oh, maybe this is the last moment of my life. >> the electrical engineer hid under a table and was unharmed. but not everyone was so lucky. an hour after the earthquake, deadly tidal surges rolled over cities and triggered a nuclear melt down at the fukushima power plant, the worst disaster since chernobyl. every year on this day he remembers the 15,000 people who died. in japan there were ceremonies to remember the tragedy. five years later, the rebuilding and healing continues. michael serra with the japanese american museum of san jose has been to the region a dozen
times. >> the homes are now being built on top of these 40, 50 feet high on the mountaintops. they had to clear the quarter so that it would be safe for them. >> there are several remembrance events happening in the bay area throughout the weekend, including one right now. at the japanese cultural center in san francisco. we have a list of the events on our web site, nbcbayarea.com. let's turn things over check in one more time with jeff. >> we're still on this microclimate weather alert because we have our flash flood watch in effect through this weekend with two more storms coming your way. in the scrolling seven-day forecast the best chance of heavier rain would be in the north bay and san francisco. great news to report at least most immediately. some of you have had to deal with flooding issues. that of course horrible. but a shred of good news as we have a break happening in marin, napa and sonoma counties where some of the heaviest rainfall has fallen. we have scattered to moderate light rainfall through san francisco and back here across the east bay. as we take a look at the
timeline of this weekend i want to spend some time on this. you can see through tonight again just those scattered areas of rain. we should continue with this break through 11:30 tonight. then as we get ready for saturday, you'll find up into the north bay, middle town, calistoga, santa rosa, light to moderate rainfall. we'll see the storm system drop down anytime between noon and 3:00 p.m. it's not super strong but we still could have moderate to heavy pockets of rainfall with it. this will continue to push through the south here as we head through the evening on saturday. about a quarter to a half inch with this storm system. then as we head throughout sunday it's looking more and more likely we'll continue this stream of subtropical moisture across the bay area. for some moderate rain that could continue throughout the entire day on and off into 3:00 p.m. and into the evening hours, then eventually as we head into monday we'll clear out. saturday looks like again wet weather, for sunday as well. rainfall totals not super
impressive. it's just the fact we've had so much rain lately that it's just going to kind of compound things and keep our flood threat elevated here from the north bay down to the south bay. we're looking at .25 to .5 inch. .45 in san jose. north bay possibly from .5 inch to .65. that is exactly why we still have our flood threat in effect here for marin, napa and sonoma counties. it's going only to take a little bit of water to possibly bring up some more of these isolated flooding concerns. don't let your guard down yet. once we get to next tuesday, wednesday and thursday we'll have so much warmer weather and sunnier weather and you can relax a little bit. microclimate forecast for saturday wet and windy at times in san francisco with 56 expected in the marina. for the peninsula pacifica 58, san mateo 60. san jose 61 degrees. north bay east bay and trivalley stays with this jacket weather. 50s here across napa.
santa rosa and mill valley with that flash flood watch through this weekend. for the trivalley we'll come in at 57 at pleasant ton and livermore at 66. rainfall coming back by saturday afternoon. then sunday chances of rain from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with these storms rolling in as you mentioned earlier, it's going to mean some sierra snow. if you're headed that way by sunday evening we're talking 1 to 3 feet of fresh snow at the highest elevations. best news for our drought we've heard in a long time, you guys. >> 1 to 3 feet of fresh snow! sounds great, jeff, thanks. we have a homecoming in the east bay tonight. one of the best players in the country is at the oracle arena. but we're not just talking about steph curry. jim kozimor joins us next.
good evening. i'm jim kozimor at the xfinity sports desk. warriors first game after the all-star break was in portland. part of a very long seven-game swing. what happened that night was the worst loss of the dubs's season. they renew acquaintances just three weeks after the blazers drubbed the dubs by 32. and the headliner that night was not the reigning mvp it was his counterpart, oakland native damian lillard who scored 51 points at the expense of the warriors. today draymond green was asked if the defending champs had a hard time forgetting about the loss in portland last month. >> i wouldn't necessarily say the loss that stuck in our mind.
it's how we lost. i think we had double digits numbers in the third quarter which changed our game. once that happened just doing the things that we know we need to do in order to win basketball games. and that's really it. it's not necessarily oh, they beat us. we need to get back. >> they're playing really well. we've got to give them credit. they played well in the month of february. and they're trying to keep it going. they haven't played as well this month. but been on the road a little bit. they've been traveling. so they're still a dangerous team. >> the plot gets thicker after the loss to the blazers. warriors head coach steve kerr said that lillard looked just like steph curry out there. lillard apparently isn't a fan of the comment, saying to the newspaper the oregonian i don't impersonate anybody, man. i was being damian lillard. i respect steph curry because what he's doing is amazing but i'm my own man. so don't come to me an say i'm impersonating him. you telling me i'm impersonating
somebody by doing well at my job? that's disrespectful. steve kerr addressed that comment tonight and said he was complimenting lillard and even voted for him to be an all star this season in the western conference. lillard was left off the all-star team this year. back to my all star, jess. >> oh, thank you very much, jim. quickly name the most popular cities in the u.s. you probably thought of new york, chicago and los angeles. but san jose likely didn't come to mind. you're not alone. coming up tonight at 11:00, it's a problem that has south bay facing for decades many hear why city leaders are okay with being san jose being a little forgettable they say. >> it's very memorable to us. >> jeff tonight last word as we head to 7:00. >> we're getting a much-needed break here from some of the heavier rainfall but we have another storm saturday afternoon and also on sunday the we'll have more details coming up at 11:00. >> stay dry out there. enjoy the weekend. >> we'll see you at 11:00. we' see you ck here tonig at 11.==e
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