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the news at 5:00 starts right now. good evening, everyone. i'm terry mcsweeney. breaking news, a major traffic alert in the south bay. police activity on 101 in san jose right now that is slowing traffic. in fact, it's stopping it pretty much. it's happening at alum rock avenue. police say there is someone on the fence of the overcrossing. we know it's a woman. we don't know what she's doing up there, if it's a protest or something else. right now, only one lane of traffic is open in both directions. there is no estimated time for all lanes to reopen. again that's highway 101 at alum rock in san jose. we will keep you postedn on 101 near san francisco, they're trying to solve the case of the missing driver. someone drove their
northbound 101. when chp officers got there, no driver. nbc bay area sergio quintana was live when that car went into the car. what's going on up there? >> reporter: somehow, that driver managed to leave the scene. you can see, terry, where the skids mark where that suv careened off the freeway. it actually took out some trees along the way before landing in the water. now, this is what the crumpled mazda suv looked like after it was fished out of the bay by a massive tow truck. you can see clothes hanging out of the hatchback window. it's not yet clear what caused the driver to skid off the northbound freeway and into the water. the california highway patrol says this happened around 9:30 this morning. investigators she submerged vehicle, flag down a passer by, then leave the scene. traffic backed for a out of the then begin their investigation. coming back live, i can tell you
that the chp tells us that there were -- that witnesses did not give them a very detailed description of the driver of that vehicle and also, there were no passengers in that suv. reporting live on northbound u.s. 101 near candle stick point, i'm sergio quintana. >> thanks very much. crazy story up there. now to a developing story in washington. it's official. more turnover in the trump administration. white house chief of staff john kelly is out. nbc bay area's mary ann favro is in the news room. >> white house sources say kelly's departure has been expected. his tenure has been marked by conflict since he took the position in the summer of last year. reports have described disagreements between kelly and the president, first lady, and even the entire west wing staff. john kelly previously served as the secretary of homeland security for the trump administration. the president says he hasn't yet
decided on kelly's replacement. >> john kelly will be leaving, retiring -- i don't know if i should say retiring, but he's a great guy. john kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. we'll be announcing who will be taking john's place. it might be on an information. i'll be announcing that over the next day or two but john will be leaving at the end of the year. >> reporter: well, meanwhile, the president continues to speak out about the mueller investigation. today, he says court filings involving former attorney michael cohen and chairman paul manafort proved there was no collusion with russia to influence the election. cohen is expected to be sentenced next week. marianne forever forev marianne nbc bay area news. james comey told lawmakers dayuring yesterday's closed door testimony that the initial investigation into russian ties focused on four americans. that's according to a transcript just released by the house judiciary committee. comey did not identify the four
people but did say that then candidate donald trump was not one of the four. he also confirmed that the investigation was not prompted by opposition resile comey dodg about robert mueller's russia probe, he took the opportunity to blast president trump for his criticism of the justice system and investigators. he also testified about the fbi's investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. you can read much more about the testimony by going to nbcbayarea.com. and you can find continuing coverage of the latest developments in washington coming up on "nightly news." tune in right after this newscast at 5:30. new at 5:00, a milestone that will bring a sigh of relief for many come monday. peak fire season will be over for some of the most vulnerable communities in northern california. cal napa counties will all be out of peak fire season next week. it's due to the recent rain and
cooler temperatures. firefighters say as they transition out of peak fire season, the focus will be fire prevention and further educating the public. for many fire victims in the north bay, the road to recovery is far from over. but today, a big step forward in the relief effort. all thanks to the grand opening of a new center. nbc bay area's christie smith had the story from santa rosa. >> reporter: in santa rosa, gifts were handed out with special meaning. >> after, like, we lost everything, it was hard because i missed all my stuff and it's fun getting new stuff. >> reporter: her family home in fountain grove burned last october in the north bay fires. for many here, making new memories matters. >> we try and attend as much stuff as we can to stay in touch with our community. but when we walked in and we saw the trees and the balloons and all the games, it looked like a lot of fun. >> reporter: a winter wonderland with food and holiday themed activities to mark the grand opening, a partnership that includes santa rosa city schools and our parent company, comcast.
>> the integrated wellness center serves anybody in sonoma county who's been affected by the fire. >> reporter: the idea came from knowing people were dealing with trauma, stress. diane is school superintendent. >> a child may come in needing academic support but a parent might need something having to do with a counseling session. >> reporter: she says recently, this smoke from the camp fire brought up painful memories. >> it was heartbreaking and then to see the devastation and know what those families are going through. >> reporter: this couple lost their home. she's a school counselor. they brought their girls here, making crafts and seeing the decorated trees felt like a good way to spend the day. >> so they can enjoy a day, you know, we're all about more -- making memories than giving gifts, just taking them to special places. >> reporter: in santa rosa, christie smith, nbc bay area news. a brentwood family is without a home tonight after a destructive house fire and this is not your standard house fire. broke out about 4:30 this morning at a house on virginia
drive. six people inside, including two children. they all got out safely. but firefighters face several problems. first of all, they couldn't turn off the electricity to the house. second, it was hard to see what they were up against because of the thick fog and getting to water? that was difficult too. >> the hydrant is probably 500 yards away so we did have to lay in a large diameter hose. we were delayed in getting a permanent water supply. >> the cause of that fire under investigation. the firefighters do say it started in the kitchen. the red cross has stepped in to help the family find a place to stay. still ahead, quite the view. the special watch party on the uss hornet today. plus a winter blast, the latest severe weather hitting much of the country and the impact it's having right here in the bay area. and we are tracking a mebehanges that you definitely want to add to your planner as
avenue. no word on the status of the woman but she is gone or reaching out to the chp. all lanes now open. to one of the longest standing sporting traditions in u.s. history, the 119th meeting between army and navy. president donald trump officiating the coin toss. mr. trump is the tenth sitting president to attend that game and like his predecessors, he switched sides at halftime to show he wasn't favoring one or the other. you don't want to get the navy or the army upset with you. the match-up is rich in tradition as the commander in chief's trophy is on the line and for the first time, a special watch party was held here in the bay area. fans gathered on the "s hornet" in alameda. rotc members from cal and stanford were there. wow. organizers spoke about why they decided to throw the unique watch party. >> we decided to open up our ship and we thought it would be a great opportunity to show this game. a lot of our staff and do sents and volunteers on board are
veterans and army versus navy. >> by the way, army won this year's match-up. the final score, 17-10. still ahead, a perfect day for a swim in the bay, right? well, i don't know about you, i would say not exactly. but still, the good cause that had dozens of people braving the chilly waters. that water's already cool as it is and with only temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, no way, but hey, it's for a good cause. right now, temperatures in the 50s still holding on. but we do have some changes in the form of some rain. what's the timeline on that? is it going to affect your weekend plans? i'll have the details coming up. sfx: tinny headphone music
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...will change. get covered today. millions of people to hunker a massive storm barrelling across the southeast is forcing millions of people to hunker down. the system brought record rain to parts of southern california earlier this week. now it's going east. take a look at this person surfing in the flood waters. safe? vianey, safe? >> i think so. >> you think it's safe? >> parts of texas got a rare glimpse of snow, north carolina, virginia under states of emergencies as people prepare for up to two feet of snow to fall tonight and through the weekend. >> this weekend isn't the time to head out to see some winter wonderland. stay safe where you are. geg at saltep ice from building up. airlines have also cancelled or delayed hundreds of flights across the south and the east coast. we're told at sfo, three flights
were cancelled today because of the severe weather back there. well, the chilly weather here at home didn't stop san francisco police officers from braving the bay today. hundreds of people joined officers and cadets in three athletic challenges. it was for the 11th annual brave the bay event at aquatic park. it benefits the greater bay area make-a-wish chapter. they had the tug of war. the morning kicked off with a 5k walk for wishes, followed by a cable car pull. the highlight, of course, at least 100 people doing this. i'm looking for vianey and i don't see her, diving into the bay for the plunge for wishes. >> we have our command staff here. we have a recruit class here. we have a lot of our officers here, including myself, and we're going to brave the bay. >> man. it's just -- it just looks cold and now we know why the dinosaurs are extinct. they went swimming once too often in the san francisco bay. sfpd says it's raised more than $600,000. this year, the event brought in
about $130,000 and it's going to grant wishes for a lot of children. way to go, great cause. i guess i could do it if i was whipped into a frenzy but i don't know. >> i think you could, terry. >> what about you? will you join me? i'm not a good swim erp. >> i'm not the greatest swimmer either so i think we have to go halfway, make that money. >> you want to do it next year? someone's going have this on tape. >> you said it. now we got to do it. talking about that wild weather that you saw down in southern california, if any of you didn't get to see that video of the grapevine completely shut down, terry, were you caught in that grapevine? the was ow, traffic. >> it was great. >> insane. so i will tweet that out because i kind of remember now that we were talking about that rain, but locally here, northern california, we're not seeing as much chaos in terms o but s we cool temperatures that we've kind of been enjoying. 58 degrees right now in san francisco, 59 in -- rather 59 for our daytime high. wind speeds are calm and look at
that beautiful sunset. as that sun begins to go down, the temperatures will also be going down and look at how beautiful this shot of christmas in the park is. we've got all these people out. we've got the carousel, the tree, and the temperatures right now, 56 degrees, did hit a high of 63 degrees, wind speeds also nice and light so we're not really getting a lot of that windchill. but we still have a ridge and that high pressure that's been keeping us nice and sunny and our current temperatures across the board are rather comfortable, i would say, nice enough for a coat but not too warm or too cold. 56 degrees in san jose right now, in through san francisco, also in those upper 50s, and satellite radar right now, you can see we've got no systems right over the bay area. however, i am tracking a bit of a weak cold front that's expected to make its arrival as early this morning, into the mid-morning, we did have some fog building up that did cause some low visibility. still seeing some of that low visibility in through livermore. the rest of the bay area looking good but don't be surprised if tonight into early tomorrow morning, we also wake up to some
of that patchy fog early on. as far as your microclimate highs, we are expecting to see upper 50s and low 60s through tomorrow but let's talk about that next chance of seeing some rain. sunday, as we head in towards the afternoon, we're going to start mostly with beautiful skies. it's going to feel great. it's going to be very much like today but into the late and i mean late, 10:00, 11:00 at night, the north bay will start getting showers and then we'll see this line of showers pushing in through about 6:00 a.m. into your monday morning commute. so, we could see some of that rain really sweeping through at about 7:00 a.m., even down through portions of the south bay but very low rain totals. we're talking about a tenth of an inch, maybe less with the higher elevations in the mountain areas getting the majority of that rain. still ahead on nbc bay area news at 5:00, it's the highest acclaimed recognition for a chef. we go behind the newest michelin star restaurant and why that chef is making history. for chefs.
earning the critically acclaimed 3 "michelin stars." it's like winning the super bowl for chefs. earning the critically acclaimed three michelin stars.cognion, b, one bay area chef made history, becoming the first woman to be awarded three michelin stars. our digital video journalist spoke with dominique. watch the story here first and then share it online. >> for me, you know, cooking is a language. and it's also an art. >> food is culture. culture is food and memories. >> really tiny kitchen but we
make wonder here. >> we finally got a call, spoke to chef in french. >> obviously, in my industry, it's kind of the ultimate gift. >> she's just jumped in the air and, like, just screamed her lungs out. and it was just like, pretty emotional. >> i'm french and i grew up with the michelin, so i'm very proud that a french guidecognize me oe my dad wicia first, but he was also a painter. >> reporter: now his artwork hangs on the wall of chef dominique's world famous restaurant. >> this is all my dad's painting, except this one. i made this one. >> reporter: she says the restaurant is named after him. >> i owe much to my dad. that's actually his workshop and it was not about cooking, it was about bringing people together. >> reporter: back in the kitchen, there's something else on the wall, a plaque from the
mitch l michelin guide. dominique crenn has just become the only female head chef in the united states to shef the michelin guide's highest honor. >> i've said in the past that the star doesn't define me. what defines me is what i do with it. >> reporter: and what she's doing is leading her team and her industry. >> i treat people with a lot of respect. i'm not better than anyone in my kitchen. but i told them that they're not better than me either. omething to teach.believes as >> that's where i was messing up. >> rephis kitchen is special. >> first person you say hello to is the dishwasher. >> hi, hector. how are you? >> reporter: spending all day getting ready for dinner, the staff becomes like a family. >> this is chef joe, just joined the crew. chef eugene. >> reporter: this pastry chef has worked with crenn for many
years. >> she's the risk taker. she's like, let's do it. >> reporter: since then, some dishes haven't changed like this edible version of a classic french cocktail. >> cocoa butter on the outside and apple juice on the inside a and a lig quer gel on top. >> reporter: you have a farm for this restaurant? >> absolutely. >> reporter: there's fresh produce with a contemporary spin. >> we have this from the farm. little bit of oil and then we just dehydrate them. >> reporter: just a >> yeah. >> reporter: it is locally caught. crenn works hard on every detail and also on something else. >> i really work hard to make sure that people look at me as being a cook, not look at me as being a woman. >> reporter: in a field dominated by men, crenn said she gets e-mails from young girls
who want to follow in her footsteps. in one way, she says, that third star is for them. >> it doesn't matter what gender we are. we can do it too. maybe better sometimes. >> congratulations, chef crenn. it's become a bay area holiday favorite, santas taking over san francisco. we'll show you that next. i am a family man. i am a techie dad. i believe the best technology should feel effortless. like magic. at comcast, it's my job to develop, apps and tools that simplify your experience. my name is mike, i'm in product development at comcast. we're working to make things simple, easy and awesome.
will explore one of the most famous wi well, tonight our documentary series, bay area revelations, will explore one of the most famous wine regions in the world and share the untold stories from the growers making some of the best wines in the world. this family has been growing wine for 135 years. 75% of the chardonnay grown in california today is traced back to this family. carolyn runs the business with her two brothers. she says her earliest memory growing up in a wine family was
her grandfather driving her and her brothers through the vineyard. >> my grandfather made it lots of fun and kept us really out there doing lots of things that taught us about who we are and what we are, where we live, why our vineyard grow where they grow. >> bay area revelations, america's wine country airs tonight at 10:00 right after "saturday night live." and finally tonight, it is a sure sign of the holiday season. thousands of people dressed in santa suits and their holiday costumes have taken over downtown san francisco. we're, of course, talking about santacon. if you were in san francisco today, you probably didn't miss it. some people see it as a nuisance. others see it as loads of fun. the event is largely a pub crawl and police are warning folks not to get too happy at happy hour. san francisco's santacon grows every year and this year a lot of people admitted it was their first time out. >> this is my first time here so honestly i'm just going with the
flow today. >> it's our first year doing it. we're not really sure what we're doing. >> this is my first, actually. >> what's the plan? >> the plan is, you know, hang out with the group, have a good time, see some people. say what's up. >> a christmas tree, a walking christmas tree. he kind of stood out from the santas. there are some strict rules to santacon. you have to bring a toy for charity. that's what it's all about. a toy for charity. wear a full suit costume, not just a hat, although we saw some with just hats. and most importantly, don't santa and drive. >> no, no, no. just get an uber, get a lyft, take the train, all that. but the weather was great, terry, they didn't have to worry about rain. perfect weather for that. in fact, i think it's still happy hour so if anybody's watching in the bar, hi. >> "nightly news" is up next and we're back at 6:00. hope you can join us then. tonight a major
shake-up in the west wing, involving a key member of the president's inner circle. >> john kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. >> why the chief of staff is out. tens of millions on edge as a dangerous winter storm sweeps across the south. bringing freezing rain and heavy snow. where the storm is headed next. riots in france for the fourth weekend in a row. paris on lockdown amid calls for president macron to step down. new revelations in the trial of a notorious drug kingpin. his former lieutenants reveal the ruthless tactics that helped make him billions. more u.s. companies introduce paternity leave, finding that paid time