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years. >> and there's lots of it. check out this safeway on capitol expressway in san jose. the roof just couldn't handle all that rain and came crashing down yesterday. as betty yu reports, the store was open when the roof collapsed. reporter: safeway looked more like an open-air market after the roof collapsed on a produce section just before 4 p.m. the roof gave in after nonstop rain pounded the east san jose store for hours. the opening is 50 feet wide. it also created a 75-foot-long crack in the roof and turned the floors into a slushy mess. when the call came in, the department ordered an evacuation and everyone got out safely. but as a precaution, its search- and-rescue team looked for victims. no one was trapped. >> we're very lucky that no one was hurt. obviously, safety of personnel on the scene and the people walking by is our concern. that's why we have the whole parking lot taped off. >> reporter: firefighters climbed up to the roof to
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inspect the damage at a distance in the steady rain. structural engineers were called to the scene to take a closer look. but tonight, it's too dark and conditions too dangerous for crews to do much else. betty yu, kpix 5. firefighters say it's also too dangerous now to try to cover up that opening so rain is just going to wreck the inside of this store overnight. there was one minor injury, one person treated here on the scene. but did not go to the hospital. in san jose, betty yu, kpix 5. after a marathon yesterday, roberta is bark until the big chair. the storm is starting to subside. >> i'm ready to run another marathon. we have back wash. a lot of unstable air. not very lady like. let's go out right now. look at our hi-def doppler. check this out. when you see a little glitch right there. we lost our internet yesterday we took a surge in the power so
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we lost some of the returns with the radar. but we covered it and here we are now. you see light to moderate showers offshore that's going to be pushing into the peninsula and the city of san francisco within the next 30 minutes. meanwhile, we do have some hit and miss scattered showers primarily lining 280 along the peninsula this morning. los altos hills, now what i'm talking about you hear -- you know what i'm talking about, you hear the raindrops on the rooftops. this will be heading towards sacramento. we have right now some cloud cover and you're going to feel the difference. at this hour yesterday we were in the 60s. right now we're in the upper 40s and low 50s. this is a cooler air mass all associated with this area of low pressure that's just pushing into our bay area with the passage of the frontal boundary. as you head out you may require a light jacket. we will experience a few scattered showers this afternoon. and this weekend it's going to be dry and it will be seasonal as far as our afternoon highs are concerned. they are going to be just like
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this. in the upper 40s and low 60s. and when you take a look at these numbers, this is actually where we should be for this time of the year. we have been riding at least 7 to 10 degrees above normal for a week or two now. it's been a very mild to warm month of december. but we are going to see these seasonal highs return back to the bay area. also returning back right here to the bay area will be the rain showers on monday. and computer models are all alluding to it at this particular time, that we will see about .75" of rain in the wettest locations. mostly cloudy conditions through thursday. on the roadways this morning, potholes? they fixed one good news for folks coming into the san leandro, san lorenzo area. the connector from northbound 238 to northbound 880 they fixed it overnight. it was large so that's great that they got that fixed just in time for the morning commute to really get under way. and if you are traveling on the nimitz freeway, everything is pretty quiet near oakland
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airport. but just some slick roads overall everything looks good. can't say that for novato, unfortunately. if you are coming into marin county on westbound 37, it's still closed. they are working on putting in a pump right now but flooding has closed the westbound 37 lanes between atherton and 101. they are detouring off at atherton now and 37 backs up anyway so hopefully it will be clear soon. they said around 1 a.m. they hoped it would only take a few hours from then. so we are waiting for the all clear. we know that 101, 280 all along the peninsula got pounded by rain. unfortunately there were cars stuck in puddles and a lot of flooding reports along the corridor especially in south san francisco. well, there's still some ponding in the roadway and there's an accident reported southbound 101 at grand. still two lanes blocked there. so be extra careful along 101 if you are traveling that corridor. we still have this full freeway closure in menlo park both directions northbound and southbound 101 at marsh. it is already causing a bit of
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a delay. they are exiting cars off the freeway at marsh or willow. the closure is right between those exits. and then you can quickly hop back on to the freeway but it will cost you a little bit of time until they re-open that stretch of road. here's a live look out the door. san mateo bridge traffic. no high wind advisories in effect. everything looks pretty calm right now out of hayward. here's a live look for the livermore commute. actually it's light for this time of the morning. we're looking okay, 15 minutes between the altamont pass and 680. but with hot holes, flooding reports -- potholes, flooding reports, mass transit is a great idea, maybe even better today. bart systemwide no delays. ferries are back on track doing all their runs today. there were some cancellations yesterday. all mass transit is on time. almost looked like a game of bumper cars in daly city yesterday. the water moving so fast it
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pushed this van backwards. and the rain flooded an entire neighborhood a little south of santa cruz. this is capitola yesterday. people all over the bay area lost power. at one point yesterday 150,000 pg&e customers were in the dark. winds were the big problem. these arcing power lines are in petaluma. here's the latest. there are still scattered outages all over but the total number of outages is now under 4,000 for the entire bay area. kpix 5's sharon chin says, many people in san francisco were without power until late last night. reporter: darkness covered union square and peppered portions of brandt, kearney and geary. mark and stephanie lowry came from southern california. >> we brought flashlights just in case the hotel doesn't have power. so we're ready. >> reporter: pg&e crews worked to restore power at stockton and post streets.
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in all, 85,000 customers lost power in san francisco from downtown to lake merced. the utility says it's hired repair crews from oregon, washington and southern california. more than 100 businesses on pier 39 spent the morning without electricity. when the lights came on, the fog harbor fish house scrambled to open for dinner. >> it's really challenging to bring people into the restaurant if you can't cook or do anything. so just the waiting game. >> reporter: the outage hit the financial district hard closing bart's montgomery station for hours and paralyzing some muni electric trolleys. sharon chin, kpix 5. the downpour may be over but the flooding is likely for low-lying areas especially along the russian river. everyone who lives near the river is being told to brace today. that includes people in and around rio nieto and guerneville. the river is a foot below flood stage now. it's expected to crest about 1:00 this afternoon 3.5 feet
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above flood stage at guerneville. already there's some flooding along the river and some of the tributaries. by the time it crests, a number of homes and businesses are likely to flood. a school in santa cruz was open yesterday until a tree came crashing down on a student. firefighters rushed to free a 6th grader at gateway school. he was pinned under this tree. students were lining up for class when it came toppling over. crews were able to cut the sixth grader free and rush him to the hospital. he had no broken bones, just some bruises. and after that, the school was closed for the rest of the day. >> we didn't know if there would continue to be high winds and if any of the other trees would be at risk for coming down and our number one concern was to ensure that we kept all of our students safe. >> a sixth grade girl was also hit by the tree. she had scrapes and bruises but no major injuries. the school says all trees are checked and trimmed each summer. showers and thunderstorms likely over novato and marin
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county today. things got pretty messy up there yesterday. downtown novato nearby neighborhoods flooded early this is morning. all schools closed and they will remain closed again today. students we spoke to say the rain is getting them out of taking tests today. >> math test and spanish test. >> reporter: so you got like four extra days to study? >> yeah. yeah. >> reporter: have you studied? >> no. >> of course he hasn't. four-day weekend is all these students get. all schools in marin county will be open monday morning. how about southern california? it's now experiencing the brunt of the storm. glendora residents stacked sandbags. be there mandatory evacuations for people living near summer wildfire areas. the storm will trigger mudslides throughout the day. l.a. county has search-and-rescue teams and their k-9 units and swift-water rescue teams on standby right now. hey, we want to know what's cool about your school?
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still recovering from flood waters. kpix five's christin ayers has a look at some of the problems. the wind and rain damage hopscotched across remained submerge people in the east bay are still recovering from floods. kpix 5's christin ayers has a look at some of the problems. reporter: the wind and rain damage hopscotched across the east bay. cars remained submerged under the ashby avenue railroad undercrossing for hours. crews pumping water in near futility as rain fell relentlessly. on 580 in oakland, officers cut through a tree draped across the 98th avenue on-ramp. but nowhere did the damage hit
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closer to home than for the sylvain family in the oakland hills. >> all you heard was a pop and it fell apart. and you heard cracking and heard the crash. >> reporter: the crash of a retaining wall that they say the previous owners illegally built on the property. not only did the storm leave the retaining wall cracked in half and uprooted from its foundation; it also had a dangerous domino effect on the house next door. >> i'm very concerned because they are saying that the weather supposed to get worse. so hoping no more damage happens. i hope no more sliding. like i said, no more damage. >> reporter: the neighbor is okay, although her house has been yellow-tagged. but the family is still waiting to hear from their insurance company and they worry the rain could make matters worse. >> we're happy nobody got hurt. we're remorseful for the next- door neighbor. >> reporter: in oakland, christin ayers, kpix 5. the day after is always the tough one when people are out looking at their homes and what happened. bad news out there. >> could be bad on the road
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again because yesterday was awesome, people stayed home and off the roads. it was beneficial because we saw so much flooding on the roadways and today we still have some scattered showers out the door this morning. and then throughout the day today we'll see thatst occasional see an occasional shower. light to moderate rain is ready to jump on the city of san francisco and south san francisco. so we are going to keep a watchful eye on that as well as right there light showers around 280 and also highway 35 around the peninsula. and out east, boy, i'm telling you, yesterday in pleasanton, it rained all day, all night, all this activity finally lifting up towards the sacramento area. so getting a break in the east bay at this time. so this is it right me. there is the front that was tapping into the subtropical moisture that -- that fetch would reach all the way back to the hawaiian islands. it's now dropping to the south even though the area of low
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pressure itself is lifting to the north so it's sideswiping the southern half of the state of california. time for los angeles and san diego to get wet. out the door, carry the umbrella. get a liner for the rain jacket. it's cool. yesterday it was 67 because of the subtropical moisture in livermore. it is now 50 degrees. so a 17-degree difference. you will feel that difference out the door. high surf advisory in place, otherwise all the other watches and warnings are canceled. over the next 24 hours, the computer models have crunched the numbers and come up with this. nearly a half an inch of rain between now and saturday morning in san francisco. over three-tenths in san jose. over a quarter in hayward. and nearly another half inch of rain on top of the five to six inches of rain that has accumulated in santa rosa. all right, statewide today if you are traveling to the high sierra, elizabeth will have all that information on whether or not you need chains. otherwise, we still have a
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winter storm warning in effect for the high sierra. a blizzard warning for western plumas county. up to three feet of snow is expected above 7500 feet. down to lake level 10 to 20 inches total. it continues to snow, as well. meanwhile, we do have this powerful pacific storm. it is exiting our region. but you have to remember, behind it, when you see all these speckles here, that's a good indication we have a lot of unstable air mass. around the core, the center, we have a lot of cooler air mass, as well. so you're bringing in the colder air, shoving out the subtropical moisture, the end result is we do have that chance of a thunderstorm with our high temperatures seasonal, a cool kind of winter day with numbers in the 50s and in the low 60s. that's where we should be for this time of the year. over the weekend, we'll be dry both days and then we introduce cloud cover and we will have mostly cloudy conditions on sunday, leading to rain showers on monday with about .75" of rain expected. elizabeth, how's it faring on the roads? we'll see what the commute
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holds. we may see worse driving conditions today than yesterday. everyone just stayed off the freeways. no one wanted to drive in the really wet weather. so we are already seeing a few issues. i mentioned some potholes earlier and now we are getting spinout reports. there is one westbound 80 to 580 at the macarthur maze. tow crews say there were so many spinouts overnight it's going to take them nearly 45 minutes just to get there because they have been so busy with all those kind of calls. so again, you can see the roads are still slick. another reminder to be extra careful and still take it slow even though the rain has been coming down. bay bridge toll plaza no delay so far into san francisco. still looks clear all across the span. so flooding that's our other issue this morning. we are seeing a lot of different reports coming in blocking various lanes. this is blocking all the lanes of westbound 37 trying to get into marin county closed from atherton to 101. so they are diverting cars off
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the freeway at the atherton exit. it's brutal 101 and 280 south san francisco, some of the worst spots yesterday on both freeways. there was an accident approaching grand in that same area. there's still some ponding on the road but it was cleared off to the airport so it looks okay there now but again just be extra careful all along that stretch really all the way down to menlo park. this full freeway closure is still in effect. just minor slowing right now. but if you are traveling northbound and southbound 101 between willow and marsh, again, they are detouring cars off the roadway. you can hop right back on. but there is a little bit of a slowdown there. you can see in the northbound lanes. they are expecting to wrap that up by 5:00 so we'll continue to check on that. all right. here's a live look at westbound 580. looks okay in the dublin- pleasanton area. the drive time is still clear about 16 minutes from the altamont pass. seeing a touch of slowing on 205 out of tracy but overall the commute looks good at this time. here's a live look at the richmond/san rafael bridge approach. no delay so far into marin county. the winds were so bad on that bridge yesterday.
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no high wind advisories in effect this morning for any of our bridges or any of our roadways. mass transit though everything is still on time including ferries, they are back on track. caltrain and ace. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. the same storm system proved to be deadly in oregon. this tree came down on a car as it was moving killing a teenager. the driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. another man was killed when a tree fell on his tent. thousands were also without power in oregon for much of the day yesterday, as well. in the east bay, the storm has brought back memories of past flooding issues. as john ramos found out, some neighborhoods have learned important lessons and for others, it's the same old story. reporter: as the rain fell in the east bay, lafayette creek was running high and fast. but it was a lot better behaved than two years ago. >> so the water had nowhere to go but up over the top of the road. >> reporter: in 2012, a build- up of debris caused rising
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waters to wash out a huge section of mountain view drive in lafayette. joe snyder remembers what it looked like. >> like a grand canyon over there completely open. completely open, everything exposed. it's incredible. >> reporter: they said it would take months to repair. but incredibly, crews working around the clock fixed it in only nine days. city workers were on hand today as the new debris screen and culvert seemed to pass its first major test. >> looks like it's working to me. >> reporter: but one place that has never worked is van fleet avenue in richmond. jason myers owns this house at the end of a block that floods almost every time it rains. he staged a nine-year battle with the city over the inadequate drainage, but two years ago he moved away. and the house now sits empty and virtually worthless. >> i walk away with it again, i can hear the rain and relax and know that i don't have to worry about dealing with any flooding.
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so i'm happy for that. >> reporter: but despite his high-profile warnings, those left on the block hope the city will someday do something. >> but they haven't so far. i haven't seen anyone out here, no. >> reporter: two towns, two problems. only one solution. it seems help from city hall can be as unpredictable as the weather. in richmond, john ramos, kpix 5. it is 4:51 now. flight delays cancellations, the bay area airports packed with a lot of people. coming up the strike happening at sfo making the situation even worse. >> and time now is 4:51. this is a live look from our roof camera. check out this beautiful shot of the transamerica pyramid. some people didn't make it to work yesterday due to the storm. and today the rain won't be as bad. but there's a lot of clean-up happening this morning. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it is friday, december 12 and today across the bay area temperatures are coming down. the potential for rain is still up. scattered showers throughout menlo park today at 60 degrees. you will need that umbrella in downtown san jose during the day today with a few sunny breaks a few scattered showers and a chance of an isolated thunderstorm. meanwhile, in the east bay, this time yesterday morning it was 67 degrees in livermore but today's high 59 degrees. good morning, pleasant hill. in the mid-50s later today. and in the northern portion of the bay area scattered showers temperatures where they should be for this time of the year. and carry an umbrella in downtown san francisco at 60. and maybe you're planning a trip up to tahoe for the weekend. grab your chains. they are required on 80, 50 and 88. look at this picture actually live from truckee where the big
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rigs are all having to chain up. eastbound 80 trucks are being screened at applegate. but if you are using those chains, you will need them one mile east of baxter all the way to truckee. we'll take a check of the rest of the bay area roadways, "kcbs traffic," it is all coming up. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. nearly 1,000 restaurant workers at sfo are picketing today over their contract negotiations. airport officials say despite the picketing a majority of restaurants will be open today. union leaders say management wants to freeze workers' healthcare contributions for the next five years. the union says the employees can't afford it. congress averted a government shutdown last night. the house approved a 1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the u.s. government. susan mcginnis reports from capitol hill on what it took to get the bill through and where it goes from here. >> reporter: before a midnight deadline hit, the house
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narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through september. >> on this vote the yeas 219, the nay206. the motion is adopt. >> reporter: the vote followed a day of contention debate on the house floor thursday. democrats objected to a provision allowing a tenfold hike in what individuals can contribute to political campaigns and another that eases bank regulations. >> stop supporting a bill that would allow the biggest banks in america to rip off the people one more time. >> reporter: republicans wanted the bill to block funding for the president's executive order on immigration. >> this lawlessness immigration overreach must not stand. >> reporter: in the end, an unlikely alliance helped push the bill through. president obama joined republicans to get democrats to vote yes. the white house argued this was a better option than what might pass under next year's republican-controlled congress. >> there is no doubt that the amount of leverage that democrats have on capitol hill
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will be reduced as a result of the republican gains made in the last midterm elections. >> reporter: the senate passed a 48-hour extension of government funding to keep the lights on past midnight and is expected to vote on the full bill in the next few days. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. 4:57. a major storm causes flooding and power outages around the bay area and that's now causing evacuations in other parts of the state. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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got a live look right there and that's the golden gate bridge. not a lot of people on it. but not a lot of rain coming down, either. a much better day today than yesterday. >> good morning, everyone. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone.
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i'm frank mallicoat. roads and highways flooded, trees toppled, and roofs collapsed. damage from that historic storm spanning the bay area from the north bay all the way down to san jose. and sadly it's not over yet. flooding expected today along the russian river. rain still coming down and will be all day long. we have live team coverage this morning. kiet do has a report on the damage in san jose. but we begin with the latest on the storm from roberta gonzales in the weather center. it is not over. we still have plenty of rain to deal with today. good morning, everybody. in fact, let's get right to it with our "eye on the storm." it's our hi-def doppler radar. at this particular time most of the rain has moved out of the bay area. but we now have the unstable air mass working its way in which means see that blob of precipitation that's gathering off the immediate coast? that will be pushing into the peninsula into the city of san francisco over the golden gate bridge and into mill valley within the next 20 to 30 minutes. we have had some dissipating showers now around portola valley. showers


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