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>> 16 echo 4. >> reporter: the storm activity began in the bay area way ahead of any rain. despite today's dry conditions, cal fire's emergency command center was on high alert. >> we'll see sporadic opportunities for lightning or thunder cells to be moving through the bay area over the next 36 to 72 hours. >> reporter: the lightning was sporadic, and almost exclusively in the south bay. none of the lightning strikes were like these, so-called positive strikes that hit the ground like the ones that started fires in the central valley last week. but cal fire sent crews out to make sure. >> we're currently investigating one strike that appears to be maybe a positive strike. it's off county line road. >> so we have a couple groups of lightning strikes, one that's over the valley between guadalupe reservoir. >> reporter: california fire says no fires were sparked. they point out the santa barbara area shows huge clusters of
strikes, 2,700 in the past 24 hours. >> we're checking the entire bay area here and you really only see about eight strikes so far. but that obviously can change through the rest of the day as the storms develop and grow and then shrink back down again. >> reporter: and as cal fire likes to point out, it only takes one or two positive lightning strikes to change everything. coming up at 6:00 how cal fire is prepping to respond to any lightning fires while also dealing with all the other fires going on armedound the state. live in san jose robert honda, nbc bay area news. >> fascinating to see that lightning strike. thank you, robert. a live look on the peninsula over palo alto. our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri is with us. i felt one sprinkle not many but one on the peninsula today. >> that monsoonal moisture moving from the south producing lightning strikes as we heard from robert honda. over the past hour there have not been any cloud-to-ground lightning and that is good news at least for our fire danger. you can see as we have backed up
the doppler radar loop it started just around 11:00 this morning, right there near morgan hill and gilroy and then storms quickly fanned up throughout the south bay. when it comes to those reports, again, the lightning strikes were concentrated right over the south bay. we had those brief showers that accumulated trace amounts to about .200 of an inch. strongest storms will remain across the sierra. of so let's get a look now at the doppler radar. and you can see the bulk of our storm system remains well offshore. that's where this afternoon we have had at least 69 lightning strikes. so it is taking the best chance of those thunderstorms with it. so what's next for us? i do think the humidity is going to linger but we'll tell you more about these shower chances in the full forecast. >> thanks chuck. it is going to be a mess. b.a.r.t. is closing down the transbay tube for the entire weekend. it will give crews a chance to repair track near the tube. the advice being given to drivers on both sides of the
bay, stay home. nbc bay area's ian cole is live on treasure island with a look at the alternatives if you have to cross the bay this weekend. ian. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. b.a.r.t. basically asking people, stay on your side of the bay, unless you must cross. of and if you have to there are a few options. there are the ferries, buses, there is of course, the bay bridge. but in each of those cases, you're asked to plan for patience. the embarcadero b.a.r.t. station is almost always busy. but maintenance work in the tube this weekend will quiet this place down. >> it's a very big interruption for the bay area. >> reporter: that means no service between san francisco and oakland. a change of plans for this group planning to dance battle at the art and soul festival in oakland. >> since b.a.r.t. is closed it's making it harder on us so we might have to catch a bus. >> reporter: the closure will force more than 100,000 riders to alternative, including freeways buses and ferries.
transit agencies are doing all they can to increase service, but some wonder whether it will be enough. >> we're still figuring out what to do because the ferry might be really crowded. >> reporter: b.a.r.t. is also running buses from the 19th street station in oakland to the temporary transbay terminal in san francisco and back as workers in the tube repair aging wooded ties and rails. >> in the longer term we're not going to have to shut down the transbay tube again for another 40 years or so. >> reporter: b.a.r.t. officials say plan for an extra hour if you have to cross the bay bridge. busy out there to make it safer and smoother for riders in here. now, the service will shut down overnight, and b.a.r.t. will repeat this maintenance over labor day weekend. reporting live ian cole nbc bay area news. >> thanks ian. another transit challenge in san francisco this weekend. muni will shut down overnight this weekend. the shutdown will allow for major communications upgrade
across the system. they will offer bus bridges but warn riders to expect delays. our coverage continues online at nbcbayarea.com. there you'll find detailed information to get you from point a to point b during this closure. it's one of the top stories on our website. every day we're learning more about 8-year-old maddy middleton and her accused killer. today maddy's father broke his silence publicly. not just about this tragedy, but also about the community support. nbc bay area's michelle roberts is in santa cruz with many new developments. michelle. >> reporter: raj, there are small memorials all over town for maddy and her family like this one. people leaving flowers and notes for the middleton family. today her family wanting to focus on maddy's life and the joy that she brought. in a statement, michael middleton, maddy's father wrote, my hope is that she never be be forgotten and she remain in our hearts for all eternity. he went on to say, i want to believe she was taken from us for a higher purpose, and to show the world how to love so much more.
today i did speak with a close family friend who says the healing will eventually come. >> it will be okay. it will be a long time before we're okay. but he's in good hands and he has a lot of love around him. and this community has pulled together in an amazing way to show that support for michael and laura. >> reporter: there are two official gofundme pages set up for maddy's family both posted on nbcbayarea.com. so far, more than $13,000 has been raised. tonight, there will be a private memorial at the tannery apartment complex, as well. reporting live in santa cruz michelle roberts, nbc bay area news. >> michelle thank you. a terrifying scene near the bodega bay shoreline today. police say a man showed up at his ex-girlfriend's house with a rifle and then held three women hostage. he then shot one of the women multiple times and then shot himself. it happened at a house on taylor street near highway 1. the injured woman was
hospitalized but her condition has not been released. the two other women were not hurt. the shooter died at the scene. it was a shocking crime known by a single word. chow chilla. the 1976 kidnapping of school children back in the news tonight. nearly 40 years after 26 children and their bus driver were abducted one of the kidnappers is set to go free. james shone feld was 24 when he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping then burying a bus load of school children in a livermore rock quarry. the bus driver helped the school children escape. james shown feld could be free in a matter of days. his brother richard was paroled to mountain view in 2012. the airplane debris found this week on an island in the indian ocean is currently being flown to france for investigators to analyze. malaysian officials say they are confident they'll know within two days whether that wing piece belonged to malaysian airlines
flight 370. the debris was found on reunion island about 4,000 miles from where the plane disappeared from radar last year. officials confirm, the debris belongs to a boeing 777. the only 777 missing right now is that malaysian airlines plane. another close called today between a commercial jet and a drone. the faa says a delta airplane attempting to land at jfk airport narrowly avoided hitting an unmanned aircraft. the drone appeared just 100 feet away as the pilot was preparing to land. the feds say this is becoming a serious problem. you're going to hear their concerns and what should be done about it coming up on "nbc nightly news" with lester holt at 5:30. we have some breaking news in san francisco. a cal train has hit and killed a person on the tracks. this was a southbound train near 22nd street. that train is stopped with about 400 people on board. northbound trains have also been stopped. expect some heavy delays on cal
train. we'll continue to follow the story throughout the evening. we also have breaking news in washington, d.c. right now the white house is said to be on lockdown. these are live pictures now from the nation's capital. reuters reports the secret service is investigating after a woman allegedly jumped the barricade in front of the white house. obviously, this has been an issue, a recurring issue in the last several months. we'll continue to follow this story as well and get more updates as we get them into our newsroom. and good afternoon. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. from thunderstorms and high humidity today to fog in san francisco that's rolling in pretty thick. we'll have the full details on your microclimate forecast and what you can expect this weekend in a few minutes. also big news from facebook. the zuckerbergs making an announcement today about having a baby. but they also revealed something else. then at 6:00 trying to shed a bad reputation. >> probably times i would be
child, all because of the color of his skin. nbc bay area's chuck coppola is live at the san jose police department with more for us. chuck. >> reporter: that's right. no word yet from the san jose police or the city attorney on this. but the attorney for the south san jose couple involved call it outrageous. police behavior. jasmine whitley says her husband, emmanuel stephens was followed home by a san jose police officer without cause, and with stevens' two daughters, aged 7 and 14 in the car he was driving, whitley says the officer then stopped him, pulled a gun and threatened the couple's children. the lawsuit filed in federal court this week their attorney alleges it was because of the color of their skin. >> when i told my 14-year-old, i said please can you get my camera phone so i can record it. he told her if she gets up and leaves, she's going to jail too. >> reporter: what was the cause of all this? what prompted this do you think? >> i was told that there was
suspicious black man in the neighborhood, and they get these calls weekly and they have to come out and check. >> reporter: the incident happened last october. whitley and stevens filed a complaint with police and with the independent police auditor, but have not heard back. fed up they filed a lawsuit. >> i have nothing against police officers. not everyone is a bad guy, you know what i mean? it's just he kind of abused his authority. >> reporter: this accusation of racial pro filing comes after another case filed in may accuses san jose police of prolonged stops for traffic infractions. one man, chauncey burt says he was pulled over three times last year, and detained for up to an hour ordered to sit on the curb, handcuffed. that case of prolonged detainment the has become a class action lawsuit now that could involve at least 3,000 people. again, despite numerous efforts, no official response. i'm chuck coppola, nbc bay area news. we want to follow up now on
yesterday's controversial death of a suspect arrested by san francisco police. that man died in police custody after being handcuffed. investigators now say that 57-year-old philomena rayola was wanted for a brutal assault in sonoma county. he was a long-time caretaker for a 97-year-old sonoma man, who was beaten so badly, he died from his injuries. police say he was their primary suspect. a fund-raiser this evening in brentwood will benefit the family of police sergeant scott lunger. donations will be collected at the starry nights in brentwood convert event. this comes a day after a touching public memorial for lunger yesterday at the oracle arena. he was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. brentwood mayor robert taylor will speak about lunger's life and legacy before tonight's concert, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at city park. tonight, several families are sifting through ash as they try to salvage what little they have left after a devastating fire at a mobile home park
yesterday. fire crews say flames started near a road at quartz marina. winds pushed the fire into the home park. eight homes burned. the marina is in the small city of isleton. firefighters had evacuated the area before the fire reached several propane tanks. >> the sound was the fire and i think propane tanks shooting up and that was really scary. >> firefighters were back at the scene early this morning to put out any flare-ups. the cause of this fire under investigation. new at 5:00 the usually private mark zuckerberg wrote a very personal message today and posted it on facebook of course. zuckerberg and his wife bring silla chen announced they were expecting a baby girl. in the same post zuckerberg shared that his wife who has had three previous miscarriages. he acknowledges fertility is a sensitive subject, but says quote, in today's open and
connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us. it brings us together. it creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope. congrats to them. uber is breaking records again tonight. the company is now worth over $50 billion. according to the "wall street journal" uber is the second startup to be valued at $50 billion before going public. the first was facebook. uber reached this milestone in just five years, compared to eight years for facebook. let's get jeff ranieri with us. our chief meteorologist, as we head into the weekend. as we mentioned earlier in the newscast i felt one drop. >> hey, that's enough for some people to at least feel a little bit -- tiny bit better about this drought. we're at least getting something in here. you can see those fast-moving thunderstorms down in the south bay this afternoon, started just after 10:30 near morgan hill and gilroy then ripped right up into downtown san jose with a few lightning strikes. here's the thing right now. the storm system that produced those lightning strikes and helped to bring in that humidity is now well offshore.
so our chances of getting anything major from this point on tonight and into tomorrow really are dwindling. so i think we're done with you know, the possibility here of any kind of stray lightning strikes, at least at this point. so let's take you outside the sky camera network now. you can see we have 81 degrees across the south bay. over towards the east bay, 83, a lot more comfortable than earlier this week. you remember tuesday and wednesday, when temperatures were 100 to 107 degrees, now you have 76 in walnut creek. 75 in dublin. also 80 right here back toward livermore. the main reason why is the fog, and you can see that fog rolling in from our north bay camera just swallowing up the golden gate bridge and also that downtown skyline. so the fog pattern will be staying with us as we head throughout your saturday morning forecast. and areas of low clouds pushing all the way down toward the south bay starting off with 63 degrees, and likely some drizzle in san francisco with 60.
so here's what we have happening right now on the weather pattern. that trough of low pressure that brought in those isolated thunderstorms is going to stay out here in the pacific. i still think we're going to get some sub tropical air moving in. a little bit of humidity. an area of high pressure across the desert southwest. circulation around that helping to pump up humidity as we head throughout saturday and sunday. no thunderstorms coming this weekend. it will be about this strong marine layer at the coastline helping to keep the fog in place. so, again, a bit of humidity this weekend, and the good news temperatures staying out of the 100s. so let's take you into the forecast and you can see once again those low clouds as we start off the morning hours from the north bay down to the south bay. then as we head throughout the afternoon, the best chance of any kind of storms on your saturday will be right here across the sierra. if you're headed that way, you want to watch out for some stray lightning strikes. let's go ahead and take you into the forecast as we head throughout your weekend. you're going to be able to see as we head throughout saturday's forecast numbers are going to
be comfortable. just slightly above average. san jose expecting a high of 84 degrees. for the peninsula, 75 in san mateo, also 79 in palo alto. san francisco staying with those typical 60s. for the north bay, east bay and tri valley comfortable up into napa with 84 degrees. east bay, you have 72 in oakland, then you head back towards walnut creek. 10 degrees hotter with 86. tri valley comfortable with upper 80s. let's take you to the weekend forecast and there's not going to be any major changes as we head throughout saturday sunday or monday. just some subtle differences in the conditions. i think it's going to be comfortable for a lot of us. 83 on sunday and then by monday's forecast 81. so if you're looking for something to do this weekend, you want to head to the fremont festival of the arts. nbc bay area is a proud sponsor. head to our booth, check it out. temperatures in the low 80s, perfect weather to go down and check it out. >> when are you picking us up
jeff? >> i don't know. 10:00, get some brunch? >> perfect. thanks jeff! still ahead here at 5:00 is your neighbor wasting water? the new state website that let's you spill the beans on them anonymously. plus a breakthrough in the fight against ebola announced today. the vaccine that could be a game-changer.
an experimental vaccine be is it the key to ending ebola? an experimental vaccine has been 100% effective thus far in clinical trials. >> the initial result is exciting and the initial result is promising. >> this could be huge news. researchers tested the vaccine on thousands of people in the african nation of guinea. and all the patients had close contact with ebola patients. it took effect within ten days. the world health organization wants more conclusive evidence that the vaccine can protect large populations. west africa's ebola outbreak has killed more than 11,000 people since late 2013. a bay area judge appears ready to dismiss a malpractice lawsuit by the family of jahi mcmath. 13-year-old jahi was declared brain dead after complications
from tonsil surgery at oakland's children's hospital two years ago. the family disputed that finding, and won the right to move the girl to a care facility in new jersey. but now an alameda county judge says he's inclined to agree she is dead which could halt the family's malpractice suit. they say the hospital should pay for jahi's ongoing care. the judge will issue a final ruling after considering arguments from both sides. new at 5:00 two years after the asiana crash, a new lawsuit has been filed. but the airline isn't the target here. instead it's boeing the manufacturer of the plane. the lawsuit, filed in san francisco, points to a flaw in the automatic pilot system of the boeing 777. this is a problem that our investigative unit first exposed just one month after the crash. called the flch trap experts say the flaw can allow a plane to drop below altitude to land
safely and pilots can be fooled into thinking nothing is wrong. the lawsuit was filed on behalf of two korean survivors injured in this accident. boeing denies the allegations. boeing further says it was the asiana flight crew at fault. a man posing as a massage therapist is facing sexual battery charges, and investigators think there may be more victims. nathanial worked in downtown san francisco. police arrested him last week for inappropriately touching a client. that's when officers discovered he didn't have a valid business license. now to our continuing coverage of our historic drought. would you turn in your own neighbor? the state launched the new website that let's people tattle on water wasters from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to those who use water without asking. residents can send photos to the website, complaints are then sent to local government agencies based on the nature of the offense. and all of this is anonymous.
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is the jail to blame? questions tonight at 6:00 is the jail to blame? there are questions being raised after a man commits suicide while in custody. what his family says the san francisco sheriff's office didn't do. that's tonight on our 6:00 newscast. today, a mom and her baby boy reunited with the firefighters who turned their ambulance into a delivery room on highway 101. it happened in south san
francisco near 380 this past june. a woman in labor in the middle of the night, but the baby could not make it to the hospital and mom delivered the baby in the ambulance at 4:00 a.m. >> when we saw you know the head was coming out, it was kind of saying hey, the baby is coming. and before he could even find a safe spot to pull over he was already out. and we said just keep going. >> all of the city's firefighters have paramedic training, so they were able to safely deliver the newborn and remove the baby's umbilical cord from around his neck. baby and mom are healthy and at home. today the crew surprised the family with baby clothes and toys. so cute! >> that's a cute baby. guess who is going to have a firehouse internship in about 15 years. >> yeah. >> this little guy. oh, that's very special. >> before we leave, how is our friday looking? >> pretty good. we do have some humidity in the atmosphere and as we head throughout saturday and sunday slightly humid. temperatures a little above average. mid 80s in the south bay, san francisco upper are 60s.
>> that's nice. >> yeah it is. thanks for joining us at 5:00. lester holt is next with "nbc nightly news." >> hope to see you at 6:00. just in tonight, dangerously close in the skies over one of the busiest airports in america. a drone right off the wing of a delta flight on final approach. a frightening near collision. the clintons' cash. the tax records just in to us tonight. how much they made, how much they paid. as we learn more about hillary clinton's health. also, one on one with jeb bush. how he feels about trailing donald trump. boiling point. as bystanders and police rescue children locked inside hot cars. >> you left your child in the car. >> i'm sorry. >> no sorry. >> she could have died. >> reporter: several incidents this week alone. and caught on camera. you won't believe what one woman found after leaving her car at the dealership for repairs. what her dash cam revealed was happening when she wasn't there. "nightly new