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coming up on 5:00 a.m., tracking more rain in the bay. you can see some green on our radar. >> how much are we going to get this time around? we have the answer from meteorologist mike nicco. >> not a lot. the fact it's coming in during the morning commute it will keep things interesting and wet. it will taper during the evening hours but we could have a wet evening commute also. right now i'm focused on the golden gate bridge. that's heading up to the richmond bridge. marin county getting most of the wet weather. down to the santa cruz mountains. it's all moving to the northeast. you see a few drops on the camera in san rafael. about 0.04 of an inch of rain. 12-hour day planner. showers increasing through the
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morning commute. moderate at times. the showers will start decreasing at 7:00. temperatures are already in the 60s in some neighborhoods. we'll go into the low to mid-60s during the evening hours. another mild day on tap. it doesn't look like anybody is in the north bay, sue. what do you see? >> it's pretty light. it's been light all week. a little bit of excitement at the bay bridge. a couple days this week. yesterday they never did turn them on in the morning. right now it's not on and everybody is snuggled in bed enjoying the nice rain as they should be. a lot of kids are still out of school this week. i think that's the reason for the lighter than usual traffic. you're looking at a 25-minute drive from tracy up and over into livermore. getting some live pictures out of new york city, times square. there is snow on the ground. we are keeping tabs of that big winter storm back east that's brought in heavy snow, hurricane
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force winds, and record flooding. it doesn't look too bad in new york city but look at this. other parts of the east even worse. jfk airport, though, in new york reopened this morning after canceling thousands of flights. meanwhile, the airport in charleston, south carolina, is closed until monday because they don't have snow or ice removal equipment. it's just a trickle down effect. amy hollyfield is joining us live from sfo. are you seeing any cancellations or delays right now? >> reporter: we are, jessica. take a look at the board. it's not all over the place. you don't see cancellation after cancellation. but here is one arriving from newark canceled. i'm told we have about, let's see, 35 cancellations this morning, and that is total, departures and arrivals. this is early. new numbers will come in. in about an hour we'll have a better day how today will shape up. this is an improvement to
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yesterday where we saw 97 cancellations. jfk has reopened in new york this morning. the flights will start to recover today. this has meant a lot of people stranded here in san francisco. we met a family trying to get home to norway from hawaii. they're stuck here in san francisco until sunday. they're going to make the best of it. >> we'll check out the attractions, spend a little more time on vacation, i guess. my wife's birthday is saturday so we have to do something nice for her. >> reporter: the good news at sfo we didn't see a lot of people sleeping here and looking uncomfortable and miserable. officials say that's a good sign of the times, people are getting text message, rebooking remotely and staying off site. you need to check your flights before you come here. the good news is the situation on the east coast is improving. reporting live at sfo, amy
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hollyfield, abc 7 news. thank you, amy. there is a push this morning to free a uc berkeley student. he was arrested by u.s. border patrol agents after making a wrong turn in southern california. mora is a transfer statement. he and his girlfriend were on their way home, missed a term and ended up at an checkpoint. that's when he was detained. he reportedly came to the u.s. from colombia as a child and overstayed his visa. t a spokesperson says they are looking into the matter to see if anything can be done to help. we're learning more about the e. coli outbreak linked to the death of one american. consumer reports says do not eat romaine lettuce until the source of the outbreak has been located. there isn't a brand or selby date to tell you about right now. abc 7 news reporter tiffany wilson has more. >> reporter: so far 17 people in 13 states diagnosed with the dangerous e. coli strain. one american has died. >> this is a particularly nasty
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type of e. coli. >> reporter: dozens of others sickened in canada. health authorities identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak. >> the cdc and fda are investigating, and they say they haven't nailed it down. >> reporter: for now consumer reports wants everyone to get rid of their romaine, washing is not enough. consumer reports food expert says it's the first time consumer reports has issued a warning before the fda and cdc. >> this is unusual. we've never been in this situation before where a foreign government that we share a food supply with has warned its citizens, and the u.s. government is not doing it. >> reporter: some customers had second thoughts about their salad selection. >> i'm going to put this one back, i think. >> reporter: this man was warned about buying romaine. >> got a text from my girlfriend's mom saying don't
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get romaine lettuce. wasn't planning on it, but won't be eating caeser salad tonight, i guess. >> reporter: consumer reports says all other types of lettuce should be safe. in san francisco, tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. it's been more than 24 hours since the 4.4 earthquake rattled much of the bay area. >> such a massive response from you, from all the people who felt the jolt including people right over the epicenter. exactly where usgs says the quake hit in berkeley, claremont avenue. this brick home sits on the hillside. one of the people living in the home says the strong jolt rattled them root out of bed. >> wow. that's how it felt, like it really felt like it was right underneath my feet and i was wondering where was the epicenter. when i woke up i looked at it and it said berkeley. right here. >> felt like the earth was moving like this sideways. >> no actual damage to that old
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brick home, but the man living there says he's wondering how much of a shake it can take. >> abc 7 news was at the uc berkeley seismological lab where researchers are poring over data from the quake. seismologists are also asking for your help. >> this shows the phones across the area running the shake and recorded the earthquake. so the blue star shows the earthquake and all of the dots are phones turned into seismic sensors, earthquake sensors, to provide information. >> android users can find the my shake app on google play. we have many resources for you on the abc 7 news app including how to make an emergency preparedness kit. a tracker with the latest activity where you live. download the app for free.
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>> let's talk about the santa cruz mountains. the summit received about a quarter of an inch of rain overnight. there may be puddles but it will be slick there. let's talk about temperatures here in the east bay and inland neighborhoods. low to mid-50s in most of our neighborhoods. 49 in livermore. a few upper 50s, about 57 to 58 degrees there. let's take a look elsewhere. mountain view, 60 degrees now. warmer than your average high. san francisco, 59. oakland, 58. santa rosa, you're about 20 degrees warmer than you should be. an hour by hour look at what will happen in san francisco. a chance of rain now all the way through about 6:00 this evening. it will taper. temperatures will hang on in the mid to upper 50s. let's go across the bay to the east bay and you can see a chance of wet weather all the way from 8:00 this morning to 8:00 this evening. down in the south bay, look at this, our chances of rain are much less as the storm will come
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into the north bay more so than the south bay. you will have some scattered showers and sprinkles in temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. a little bit warmer for you. and then up in the north bay where we're having the rain already this morning, it's going to end earlier for you after the noon hour we'll start to see it tapering and you'll reach the mid to upper 50s, also. how strong is this storm going to be? let's break out the storm impact scale to give you an idea. it's just a 1 and it's for today with these waves of showers. there may be a few moderate ones. i'll show you how it affects your plants today coming up. how is the street or bridge looking? let's take a look. we do have a sheen on the roadway there. i can see in the cash lanes some standing water there. it's been wet most of the morning there. please use extra caution.
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it's light traffic wise. roads are slick. we do have reports of a stall in the ctunnel about halfway through. heads-up there. i am seeing slow traffic. choose another bore or give yourself extra time and room to go slowly through there. >> thank you, sue. uber's former ceo had a pretty rough 2017. he's about to become a billionaire. >> an update on when you're going to see an update on patching the major flaw. and oakland set up sheds for the homeless. we're finding out how it's working. here's a feature you'll only see here, live traffic and
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weather conditions on your screen throughout the commercial break. we are seeing rain on our roadways. the abc 7 storm impact scale, today's storm is level 1. that means light rain. so keep an umbrella handy and drive safely.
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we know the sierra is thirsty for snow. the snow starts at about 7,500 feet. overnight the snow level drops down to about 6,500 feet. look at that.
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only about 1 to 4 inches of snow on the way. that's fresh powder. there's a lot more in next week's forecast. the early release of the bombshell book about the trump administration "fire and fury. "the publisher is now releasing the book this morning. now president trump is weighing in on the book by calling him sloppy h >> reporter: today is publication day for the book sending shock waves through washington despite the president's lawyers demanding author michael wolff and his publisher. they say they are not only moving ahead, they moved up the release date of "fire and fury" to today. that is not how the white house sees it. >> completely tabloid gossip full of false and fraudulent claims. >> reporter: in the book former chief strategist steve bannon is
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quoted attacking the president and his children. we asked the president about his old friend. did steve bannon betray you? >> he called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. >> reporter: george stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with former press secretary shawn spicer. your "gma first look." apple is now confirming all mac and ios devices affected by the flaws in chips made by intel and other major suppliers. the flaws leave nearly all computing devices in the world vulnerable to hackers. apple, intel and other companies are working quickly to fix the flaws. apple says its update will be out within the next few days. one lawsuit filed in san jose seeking class action status and compensation for people who bought vulnerable intel chips or computers. former uber ceo plans to sell shares in the company, part
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of the new deal happening now. bloomberg reporting he will share 29% of his stake worth $1.4 billion to investors including softbank group. he owns 10% of uber. he resigned as ceo after the company faced sexual harassment allegations and a hacking attack. we checke in on a shelter experiment for oakland's homeless population. a month ago the city announced it would build these sheds. the sheds are at 6th and castro streets. they're designed to move at least a few dozen of the city's 2 dozen homeless people out of their tents. they say it's not perfect but is meant to be necessary. >> started living there this morning. it looks like it might be a positive step. >> i guarantee it's better than a tent. they don't leak. when it rains, you have a hard structure. you have a locking door. it isn't perfect but it's a step up from where people were.
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>> the city's goal is to find permanent housing within six months. this morning it's business as usual for legal marijuana dispensaries. local businesses and pot users are not intimidated by the recent announcement by the u.s. justice department. yesterday we told you that attorney general jeff sessions is going after legalized marijuana. he changed the policy that kept law enforcement away from legitimate businesses unless other laws were broke like selling pot to minors or being involved in organized crime. it is still illegal at the federal level. cannabis consumers and businesses say they're not worried. >> the feds need to let states do their own business and they take care of their federal messes. >> he could be raiding cannabis businesses. he could be seizing properties. none of those things have happened. >> the justice department has not said if this could lead to more arrests or prosecutions. no days off!
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no days off! >> my goodness. >> nightmare. >> that's the motto for the new england patriots. that was head coach bill belichick yelling at his team that practice in intense snow and wind in boston. he expects his team to be on time no matter what the weather conditions are. they did get to practice indoors. >> that was a rough walk from the locker room to the indoor facility. >> i guess that's what happens when you live in the northeast. >> oh, look at him. look at him. ouch. >> the struggle is real. that was more like a waddle than a run. >> wearing cleats on frozen asphalt. >> i imagine. >> 320 pounds is probably not a good idea. i'd waddle, also. >> they had quite a storm, the epic storm, the next several years just to find out exactly how it developed and what we're going to see in the future. that was so strong. we'd like a stronger storm and we'll get one next week.
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for today scattered showers out there. waves of showers. walnut creek looking drier. you had some of the heaviest rainfall in the last system, nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain. tonight showers taper, as the clouds open up the fog starts to form so watch out for that tomorrow morning and sunday morning. weather is going to be heavier with rain and breezy conditions monday and tuesday. today's temperatures run from about 57 in lakeport to 59 in santa rosa to 60 to 64 degrees. most of us are pretty close to those temperatures this morning. so it's not going to warm up a lot today. temperatures tonight cooler with 30s in the north bay valleys. the rest of us the low to upper 40s. a look at some of that rain that's been falling across the north bay. steadier. and that's going to be the case through the morning hours. you can see right through the heart of the golden gate bridge over the richmond, san rafael bridge, heading up 80 and that will go to hercules and napa. at 9:00 to noon the cold front
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stalls. some of the heaviest rain will be along interstate 80 from san francisco all the way up to sacramento and by 4:00 we still have some light to moderate showers out of the north bay but for the rest of us. and then as we head to 7:00 you can see it kind of taper and then by 10:30 if you're going to be out and about you probably don't need the umbrella anymore. rainfall totals, a quarter to a third of an inch around the bay and a quarter to half an inch in the north bay. my accuweather seven-day forecast, enjoy the dry weekend because we have a stronger storm monday and tuesday offering maybe a couple of inches of rain then. hi, sue. >> good morning, and we're going to take a look now. overall we're looking good for a friday morning. friday light so far. the kids still out of school in a lot of districts. a better update for you westbound 24 bore 3. a little bit of residual slow traffic on the westbound 24. and once again a problem spot on the waldo grade, southbound 101
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before spencer. a car facing the wrong way blocking the slow lane. pretty light conditions out right now but this was a real problem spot with three, maybe even four incidents throughout the morning commute. very, very wet, very slick there and higher speeds will cause these spinouts. a heads-up there. >> thank you, sue. it's been one month since the largest fire in modern california history began and it is still smoldering. the thomas fire has burned more than a quarter of a million acres. the fire is 92% contained and it is not growing anymore. cal fire doesn't expect it to be fully contained for at least another two weeks. the fire burned down nor than 1,000 buildings. most of them were people's homes. >> rents do appear to be on the rise in san francisco. rental service reports that overall rents were highest in december. the median price was $3,253 for a single bedroom.
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the median rental in the city as $3,400. the median rent for a one-bedroom on craigslist was about $3,200. next the seven things you need to know as you start your day. how health officials say you can still protect yourself. >> a case of the zika virus was just confirmed. >> an estimated $9.8 million people felt yesterday's earthquake. some people said they felt it 150 miles away. a team put together a video to help you get prepared in case a help you get prepared in case a bigger one does hit.
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whether you're just joining us or heading out the door, seven things to know. it's getting wet. look at the showers rolling in. slick streets. a break this weekend but stronger storms coming in monday and tuesday. >> san hoe lease say they have this man under arrested. accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a school employee. police are expected to release more details later today. number three, today a san francisco judge could grant the suspect in the kate steinle case a new trial on his conviction. jose ines garcia zarate was
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found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm but was found not guilty on murder charges. number four from the live desk, that huge winter storm pounding the east coast. there is now record flooding and several flight delays and cancellations also continue across the country. number five, the bombshell book exposing salacious new details about the trump administration is coming out early. "fire and fury" goes on sale today. people in washington, d.c., lining up overnight to get their copy. following the friday road speeds are wet. traffic is light. an easy commute on the east shore freeway. a couple of problem spots we'll update when we come back. number seven, j.t. is back. justin timberlake and the dancing robot. everyone talking about it on social media. dropping his new single last
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nght. this is called "filthy." if you want to read reginald's review he's listened to, watched the video, and sent out a tweet all about what he thinks about it. check it out. >> it's very steve jobs or elon musk. maybe people will like it. i am on the fence. we're coming back with another full 90 minutes of news including the $2 investment that could can turn into a multimillion dollar fortune tonight. >> the new deal about a terror plot targeting pier 39. plus, much more on all those flight delays across the country because of the snow, even delays at sfo. what you
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and you can expect some wet
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roads as you head to work this morning. you're looking at the bay bridge. >> and here is what it looks like in san francisco. you can see the cloudy skies, the rainy new year continues. good morning. welcome. it's friday, january 5th. >> you made it to friday. we're all here except alexis. mike, how long is this rain going to last today? >> i think the best part will be now through the evening commute and will start to taper. hi, everybody. we'll start with the rain train getting going here this morning especially in the north bay. now you can see it slipping down to half moon bay, across the peninsula and right up 80 from about richmond all the way up to vallejo. and this is slowly going to slide to the south. it's chasing all the fog away. so it may be slick this morning but at least we can see where we're going. my accuweather 12-hour planner, temperatures mild in the 50s this morning. we'll be in the upper 50s to low 60s with the showers spreading south and kind of stalling at
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noon in the heart of the bay and then moderate spots will develop, also. by 7:00 you can see we start to taper, clouds open up and temperatures fall back into the 50s. so it's wet out there. let's find out if there's any issues on the commute this morning. sue? several have been cleared as you can see green is good. we're seeing a little bit of slowing out of the tracy area up to the altamont pass. an earlier stalin side the tunnel inside bore 3 pushed out of lanes and traffic looks like it's getting by there. and yet another problem this morning already on the waldo grade southbound before spencer. a car facing the wrong way very slick over the waldo this morning so be extra cautious. yesterday about four separate incidents. this has been pushed off at spencer avenue, so no delays getting through. >> thank you, sue. a big break for investigators late last night. they arrested a sexual assault suspect believed to be the man you see here. the victim, a san jose middle school employee in a classroom
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before students arrived. >> reporter matt keller tracking this new development from our newsroom. good morning, matt. >> reporter: we're expected to learn more about the man's identity at a news conference later today. he was taken into custody last night, two days after the attack happened. here's surveillance video of the suspect walking around harper middle school tuesday morning. police say the suspect snuck onto the campus and sexually assaulted and robbed a school employee inside a classroom around 6:30 a.m. about an hour before kids showed up for class. our media partner "the mercury news" reports the victim is a teacher and had arrived early to prepare her classroom for the first day of school after the winter break. she called 911. when police arrived, the unanimous was gone. officers tracked him down last night. the head of harper academy middle school issued a statement about the man's arrest saying this was a senseless, heartbreaking crime, and our entire community is grieving. we are relieved this criminal has been arrested and hopeful justice will be served. police chief eddie garcia will
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release additional details at a news conference today at noon. in the newsroom, matt keller, abc 7 news. happening today in san francisco a judge will rule whether to grant the suspect in the kate steinle case a new trial. this is in relation to the conviction of possessing a firearm. last month jurors found jose ines garcia zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. he was found not guilty on murder and manslaughter charges. if the judge upholds the gun conviction today jose zarate will be sentenced. this morning we are tracking that massive winter storm on the east coast here from our live desk. as if the heavy snow and the hurricane force winds were not bad enough, unfortunately, those folks now dealing with record flooding this morning. in fact, floodwaters froze once hitting the street. a lot of parked cars there on the side of the streets looked more like possible sick ls. and rescuers in boston,
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massachusetts, pulled more than a dozen people to safety as water surrounded their homes. >> i am fine. the house completely flooded out. propane tank flipped over. there was a small fire inside the house. >> just shocked at how quickly the water rose. >> the worst of the storm is over. in fact, that storm is now moving into southern canada but there are still freezing cold temperatures and there are a lot of flight delays and cancellation this is morning. back to you. >> all right. thank you, jessica. happening today the man accused of plotting an attack on pier 39 faces arraignment on terror charges. everitt aaron jameson is scheduled to be in a federal courtroom in fresno today. prosecutors said he planned to use homemade pipe bombs to force people into one spot and then shoot them with an assault rifle. the indictment against him says he told undercover agents he wanted to attack as a show of support for isis. he went into detail about how he planned to assemble the bombs and where he was going to put
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them. jameson was discharged from the marines in 2009. -to-north bay men are in jail, one charged with burglary and sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl in her family's home. 21-year-old noah holland broke into a rohnert park hope, climbed on top of the sleeping girl in her bedroom. officers say he got into the home by finding a garage door opener in an unlocked car in the driveway. the girl fought holland off. the mother heard her screams and called 911. neighbors we talked to are stunned. >> my heart goes out to them especially the little girl. you can't even imagine. it's horrific. and i hope he gets what's coming to him because it shouldn't happen. >> holland's burglary accomplice 18-year-old ford was also arrested. police say he was not involved in the sexual assault. 5:35. with flu season bad and expected to get worse there are some new important restrictions about where people are allowed to go in the south bay.
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a health officer says there have been many serious cases. some people have ended up in the icu. this season so severe that at dominican hospital visitation is restricted now. no one under 16 is allowed am patients can only have one visitor at a time. no flu-related deaths have been reported in the county so far. >> we're really concerned that as this flu spreads there will be a significant amount of mortality and deaths as a result. >> in santa clara county at least four people have died from the flu since the season began. the health department reports there have been five outbreaks in just the past week. eight in all. in southern california the first case of sexually transmitted zika virus confirmed in los angeles county. according to health officials a woman got it from her partner shortly after he traveled to mexico in november. the zika virus is most commonly transmitted by mosquitos. it's rare to happen during sex, according to health officials. they say the case is a reminder
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to take cautions if you or your partner has traveled to an area with a risk of zika. it is a concern for pregnant women as it can cause birth defec defects. i want to show you the north bay especially highway 37 where we have some rain falling and some light rain around american canyon and up to napa and just across the san pablo bay from richmond, san pablo, hercules, this will be heading up to vallejo and possibly fairfield. we'll keep 80 wetter than most roads this morning. let's go to the peninsula. it's 60 in belmont right now. everybody else in the mid to upper 50s. the same temperatures just about everywhere else until you get to san ramone at 50 and livermore at 49. you're the exception. look at san jose, 58. the same thing in oakland and san rafael. you'll have to dress as warm this morning. the toll plaza, wet. all plains wet. it's not raining much if at all here. that's what you're going to find during most of the commute this
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morning and definitely during the evening hours as the rain will increase today. mass transit, make sure you have that umbrella with you while you're waiting. lower king tides around the bay today. a look at the east bay valleys. you can see chances of showers all the way up until about 8:00 with temperatures starting in the mid-50s but hanging out in the low 60s this afternoon. on the peninsula let's return and show what you will happen. you can see chances of wet weather all the way from 8:00 this morning to 8:00 this evening with temperatures mainly in the mid to upper 50s. here's a look at our high temperatures, upper 50s to low 60s until you get to the east bay and the south bay where we'll have some mid-60s and tonight where the clouds open up thick fog to form and temperatures much cooler but still warm for this time of the year. upper 30s in the north bay. mid to upper 40s for the rest of us. i'll take an hour by hour look at today's rain. that's next. sue, what are you watching? >> it's light but we do have wet roads. to the richmond/san rafael bridge. it's raining here and the roads
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are wet but traffic seems to be abiding by the standards nicely getting across over to marin county with hardly any delay in the westbound direction. san rafael is what you're meeting when you get to marin county and traffic is flowing nicely with some droplets on the camera. southbound 101, those taillights heading to the civic center. getting busier. i don't see any delays at all. here is the overall look of your traffic patterns this morning. a problem in the santa cruz mountains going on since 1:00 last night. it looked like it may have been cleared. it was a power pole down southbound before idylwild. a hard closure of the right lane. it looks like that may have been picked up. we will check and report back in just a few. silicon valley transit riders will have a new high-tech tool to get on their ride. >> the transportation authority has unveiled a new mobile payment act. it allows single rides as well as express and day passes. did you buy your lotto
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welcome back. it's 5:43. the 81 in palm springs and low 70s. that's where most of the sunshine is. monterey, modesto a mixture of rain and snow. it's not going to snow up in the sierra until the sun sets and they'll start accumulating at 8:00. drop down to 6,500 feet by tomorrow morning. look at 1 to 4 inches. not much, is it? it's quiet there now. a look at my accuweather forecast for tahoe. heavier storm, maybe a foot of snow. that's what i'm looking at for monday into tuesday. keep my fingers crossed. you, too.
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natasha? police in the east bay asking for your help in finding suspected arsonist who set a fire to a motor home with someone inside. investigators believe this woman, 30-year-old martha javier set the motor home on fire. that fire happened on solano way and hilltop road. good samaritans did rescue the man inside the motor home. he was burned, though, and is in critical condition. hi, everyone. some new job numbers to share with you. we've just gotten u.s. employers added 148,000 jobs in the month of december. it's a modest gain, but this new number suggests that the economy has entered 2018 with some good momentum. and altogether the economy actually added $2.1 million jobs last year. meanwhile, the unemployment rate stayed the same at 4.1% for a third straight month, the lowest since the year 2000. back to you. california leaders are
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vowing to fight a controversial announcement by the trump administration, the expansion of offshore oil drilling. interior secretary ryan zinke says they will offer about 90% of the outer continental shell to new leases starting in 2019. it would be the largest lease sale ever. lease sales in california could prove difficult. the state may have blocked new drilling proposals indirectly by rejecting pipelines and other infrastructure projects. house minority leader nancy pelosi blasted the move saying the trump administration's latest assault on environmental protections will throw open the floodgates to pollution. americans from coast to coast will make their voices heard to oppose this blatant corporate giveaway. california hasn't issued a new gas lease since the 1969 santa barbara spill which remains the largest in the state's history. the hottest new book about president trump is hitting store shelves today called "fire and
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fury" by michael wolff. this bookstore in washington, d.c., sold all of their copies in just 20 minutes. the crowd lined up at midnight eager to be the first readers. the initial release scheduled for 6:00 a.m. controversial excerpts talk about chaos and incompetence in the white house. the publisher received a cease and desist letter from the president's attorney. it did not stop the publisher. major insurance companies are denying coverage to homeowners in high-risk fire areas. >> and even those who were able to get coverage are still facing problems. according to a report released by state insurance officials some homeowners are getting hit with much higher insurance rates. the state department of insurance is urging lawmakers to draft a bill that would help secure affordable insurance. >> this is very frustrating for homeowners. the home insurer is not writing insurance. one of our recommendations to address that is that if the homeowner does these things to protect their homes, then the insurance would have to be written for them.
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>> the october wildfires have resulted in about $9 billion in insurance claims in the north bay. san francisco billionaire tom steyer may be running for office. his political group says he'll make a major announcement in washington, d.c. steyer last made headlines when he launched a $20 million campaign calling for president trump's impeachment. steyer has been critical of democratic leaders in congress. according to the bay area news group he acknowledges he's thought about running against senator dianne feinstein. warriors superstar kevin durant is giving back to his alma mater. >> the donation will support the university's center for sports leadership and innovation and will help pay for renovations to the practice facility and locker rooms. part of the texas facility will be named in durant's honor. very nice. take a look at what's happening with the rain today. some of you will get wet on your
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morning commute. >> hi, everybody. let's open up a window on your commute world this morning. you can see as we go through the richmond side of the bridge there are still some puddles left over, some light rain falling right now. and this is going to be the case as we head throughout the day, more showers on the way. it's mild this morning. we're in the 50s and 60s. warmer than we should be. expect more of the mild temperatures. showers taper to clouds and fog for tomorrow morning. more fog sunday morning. the heavier rain and gusty breezes with the storm monday and tuesday. you can see around lakeport and to lower lake and upper lake that's all coming your way. that's a little bit heavier rain, light to moderate. same thing as we're moving away from guerneville but heading up to geyserville there. watch out for that as it will cause ponding. around san mateo off the bridge there right where 101 and 84 or 92 come together. that's exactly where we're seeing some ponding now. here is a look at the showers at
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9:00. you see some yellow. moderate pulses there. notice how it stalls on interstate 80. the heaviest will fall here. it stalls for a couple of hours and then by 4:00 it starts moving deeper to the east and to the south and then by 7:00 scattered. isolated at best. your rainfall totals will be most impressive nearly half an inch along the i-80 to a quarter of an inch to a couple hundredths. still keeping that dry weekend going for saturday and sunday. just watch out for the fog both mornings. we could get an inch or two with tuesday's storm looking interesting. right now still a moderate on our storm impact scale. pretty quiet right now which is how we like it, friday light. folks snuggled in. sounds good, doesn't it? a look at the toll plaza. still no metering lights and your drive from the east shore down into san francisco from,
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say, hercules. there's your guide. it's less than 30 minutes. an idea how mild and light it is out there. we had this earlier problem with some power lines down and south 16 before idylwild. a hard closure in the right lane. looks like things have been picked up. just a heads-up that is the reverse commute and no slowing from the coast up and over to san jose. forler white house press secretary shawn spicer blasting the new book about the trump white house. what he's saying to abc news. what he's saying to abc news. >> alec trebek has
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woman: so, greg, it's a lot to take in. woman 2: and i know that's hard to hear, but the doctors caught it early. hi, blake! my dad has cancer. woman: and i know how hard that is to hear. but you're in the right place. man: and dr. pascal and her team, they know what to do.
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they know what to do. the doctors know what to do. so here's the plan. first off, we're going to give you all... (voice fading away)
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the abc 7 storm impact scale. today's storm is level 1. that means light rain. so keep an umbrella handy and drive safely. track today's storm anytime on the abc 7 news app. download it now. let's expand upon the storm impact scale today. it's a 1, light. we have showers that will be mainly light but moderate at times. not expecting any flooding or any wind damage out of this particular storm. we do have a 2 in the accuweather forecast. more on that coming up. a lot of "jeopardy" fans surprised by this. alec trebek is recovering from surgery as a result after fall he had two months ago. >> i came home to start recovery. the prognosis is excellent. i expect to be back in the studio taping more "jeopardy" programs very, very soon. >> it's a relief to hear that. trebek delivered the news in a video posted to the show's facebook page yesterday.
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you can watch "jeopardy" and still see new episodes because they tape the shows in advance. however, the annual college tournament will be delayed until april. 5:54 now. a palo alto-based firm is teaming up with hyundai for self-driving vehicles. the company is developing self-driving technology which they say will help bringing self-driving cars like this, the sedric, to be in the public more quickly. they plan to bring the vehicles to market by 2021. and not a lot of hyundais or cars, for that matter, out on the roads. a light commute across the san mateo bridge, less than 20 minutes from hayward to san mateo on highway 92. green is great. a little bit of minor slowing up and over the altamont pass but not too bad. the ramp from 242 to westbound 4
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because of an accident. chp is on scene. if you take southbound 242 to westbound 4 a couple more minutes before they get that accident cleared out. mike? >> let's take a deeper look at the weekend forecast because this is going to be one of our drier times. storm impact scale of 1. and then you can see we have clouds and a little bit of fog and sunshine. as we head to sunday fog and even more sunshine. temperatures will remain mild mainly in the low 60s. thank you so much. if being surrounded by flowers and butterflies is a great start to 2018, you'd better hurry. there are three days left to catch the butterflies and blooms exhibit in golden gate park. the exhibition was supposed to close in june of last year. it was actually extended until january 7th, this monday. visitors treated to an up close look. admission $9 for adults, $6 for
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kids. hewlett-packard is recalling 50,000 lithium ion batteries because they could overheat and catch fire. >> you might need to get your battery replaced if your laptop is on this list. hp says that of these laptops about 3% could potentially overheat. the problem has been traced to a specific supplier. if you need a replacement battery hp will come directly to your home or business. >> this sounds really bad. china's first space station is expected to fall out of sky around march. northern california is in the line of fire. china launched the unmanned craft in september of 2011. it re-enters the atmosphere as it passes over the pacific towards california. engineers will not know exactly where debris will fall until about three hours before it hits. you shouldn't lose too much sleep because the odds of being hit are about 1 in 10,000. >> higher odds than i was expecting. >> it's not nothing. >> much higher than winning the
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powerball. >> it is. was there a bad design problem here? they just thought this was going to be okay? >> the beginning of a slew of things falling from the sky? >> i'm not okay with it. >> it's friday. that's the good news. next at 6:00, when you can start sending in your tax returns and why you will have extra time to do so this year. >> if you're planning to travel east today, maybe don't. the trouble we're already seeing at sfo this morning. a live look outside at 5:57 in the morning. we're so glad you're here on this first friday of 2018. slow and easy, peaceful on the embarcadero this morning. it looks nice. live weather and traffic co
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now at 6:00 if you're hitting the roads, get ready for a wet commute. >> the toll plaza dealing with wet conditions there and it will be felt across the bay area. good morning to you. welcome to friday, january 5th.
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>> the first friday of the year. the gang is all here with the exception of alexis who is with her baby. sue hall is here. mike nicco is covering the wet weather. it's light. we will have waves of showers today. some of those will be modern at times but the breezes will stay light and the potential of flooding remains very light, also. a look at live doppler 7. you can see the green increasing across the north bay and along the peninsula coast. storms are moving from southeast and that means the inland will be the last to receive the showers and have the lightest amounts. here's a look at san jose, 280 at 17. it's mainly cloudy down there. my accuweather 12-hour day planner, mid-50s. now in the upper 50s with moderate showers from noon to 4:00 and showers will decrease. it will be in the mid-50s at 7:00. that's a look at our forecast for now. how about the commute? here is sue? >>


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