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live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> at least five people are dead in santa barbara county after massive flash flooding and mudslides hit the areas burned by recent wildfires. thousands of people are evacuated right now in upscale communities, as homes are ripped from their foundations. and stormy conditions wiare also wreaking havoc in the bay area. two people are in critical condition after a school bus collided this morning with a truck in el sabrante. thanks for joining us, i'm kristen sze. let's begin in the bay area. san pablo dam road just view opened after the school bus accident at injured a total of seven people. we learned new information about the bus driver.
it appears she is pregnant. abc 7 news reporter leslie brinkley is live at the scene with the latest. leslie? >> reporter: that's right, kristen, that bus driver is 34 weeks pregnant, she got out of this accident, complained of pain, of course, she was rushed to a hospital. san pablo dam road is not open yet. we thought it would be. we're expecting it to re-open at any moment. let's take a look, though, at this very serious accident. in the video, you can see there was a white pickup truck and vw that were northbound, another white pickup and a school bus that were heading southbound. the school bus was going to ellerhorst elementary. somehow they collided on san pablo dam road. that's been investigated. it happened at 8:10 this morning. chp says it was misting rain. now, the vw driver suffered serious internal injuries according to chp. another adult had a broken leg. the school bus driver as we mentioned who's 34 weeks pregnant, all of them were taken
to john muir medical center in walnut creek. now, there were seven kids on the bus, only one complained of pain. but out of an abundance of caution, chp says three of the kids were transported to children's hospital oakland. four others to kaiser in richmond. again, san pablo dam road closed going on three hours right now. drivers are coming up and having to loop around. it is closed. in both directions. there was some oil that spilled onto the roadway. i think they're concerned about that. so at least for the foreseeable next 30 minutes or so, san pablo dam road is closed to traffic. reporting live in el sobrante, i'm leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. >> leslie, thank you. the bay area is not done yet with residual showers from our winter storm. let's get the latest from meteorologist mike nicco. mike, live doppler 7 is still pretty active. >> yeah, definitely down in the south bay. i wanted to show it to you. look at that, 0e7en up the weather window on 101 and 880.
see the light rain that's still falling. my storm impact scale, i brought it down to a 2 earlier this morning, now down to a 1. that's going to last through 4:00. because of the lingering light rainer er and showers we have u there. especially the east bay and south bay. we could get there. it will be a little breezy for all of us. 15 to 25 miles per hour. here's a look at live doppler 7. see how active it is down in the south bay and all the way down toward gilroy. let's broaden it out. at least up to the north bay. up to the east bay, i should say. here we are in pittsburg, highway 4 out toward antioch and points northward. a few showers on marsh creek road. we'll broaden it out. the low is down to our south. the low is backing rain toward us from the southeast. that's why i think the east bay and the south bay still has a chance of some light rain, as you can see right here, over the next five or six hours. we'll take a look back at yesterday. we had some record rains and we've got another chance
tomorrow. in my accuweather seven-day forecast, kristen? >> mike, thank you. the storm hit the bay area hard this morning. first we want get to southern california dealing with the aftermath of mudslides that have left five people dead, in mo montecito in santa barbara county. this was the scene this morning. look at this. firefighters successfully rescued a 14-year-old girl, see her on the right all covered in mud, but so happy to be alive. after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in montecito. there were also mudslides in the nearby community of summerland. that's where we find abc news reporter matt gutman. >> reporter: this is literally the oeend of the road for us an hundreds of motorists this morning. this debris flow i'm told by eyewitnesss who got caught in it enveloped this highway president in minutes. 101. this is what 5 inches of rain in a few short hours can do here in southern california. made all the worst by the
scorched earth left behind by the thomas fire, the biggest in california's history. that is the concern that the soil was simply unable to absorb all of that rain, it becomes wax-like or clay-like. basically everything just slides right off of it. now, there are multiple reports this morning of first responders rescuing people from their homes that were almost completely wiped off their foundations by those debris and mud flows. but the damage assessments are going on all day today. after a tremendous amount of rain and a tremendous amount of mud here. matt gutman, abc news near summerland, california. when it rains like this, mud and rock slides are always concerns in the santa cruz county. all around the bay we're seeing car accidents and power outages. abc 7 news reporter matt keller is live in downtown saratoga with a look at the impact on the south bay. matt? >> reporter: kristen, we've seen a pretty consistent shower over the last hour, hour and a half in downtown saratoga.
the real issue is if you head up into the mountains because around a corner could be a dangerous slide. when it rains, it falls in the santa cruz mountains. the chp was called for some boulders in the road on highway 9 and redwood gulch road. cal trans was busy in the area. several inches of rain helped energize saratoga creek. not everything was as peaceful as this. weather conditions were rough when a wrong-way driver on southbound 880 near the 237 interchange created a chaotic and horrific crash scene just before 5:00 a.m. >> i don't know where -- where he got on the freeway traveling the wrong direction, but it wasn't very far from here where we got the call. >> reporter: in the end, five vehicles were involved. the wrong-way driver was killed and another person taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the morning commute through milpitas was a mess. in palo alto, stop signs were
apparently just a suggestion for this truck. the power was out at the oregon expressway, and bryant street intersection. gordon reid says his power went out about 11:30 last night during a heavy downpour. he woke up early to make cookies for the students in his astronomy class. >> the oven doesn't work unless i have electricity. so if i don't get it soon, i don't get the cookies baked and the students will be disappointed. >> reporter: we're hearing more calls of slides in the santa cruz mountains, of course, you want to be extra careful when you're driving up there. you never know when you're going to be the first person to come across something in the roadway when you go around the curves. in saratoga, matt keller, a bc 7 news. in alameda county, a police pursuit turned into a manhunt after a weather-related crash. police are looking for a fugitive to crashed into a tree then ran away from them. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live at the pleasanton police amy? >> reporter: hi, kristen, i just
checked in with police, still looking for this man who was trying to get away from officers until the weather put an obstacle in its way. this giant tree fell in pleasanton because of the weather and got in the way of a man trying to escape from police. 32-year-old marquis mcclinton of fremont was driving down the road with police in pursuit when he crashed his car into the oak tree. >> he gets out of the vehicle and takes off. running into the woods. so, we set up a perimeter, we get a canine out there to start doing our search. we were unable to locate him. >> reporter: here's what happened before they encountered the tree. officers on patrol in pleasant t ton at 3:45 this morning noticed his car driving near the first street area. >> wanted to figure out what he was doing. there was some equipment issues with the vehicle, not quite sure if it was lightning or something else that was going on so the officer initiated a traffic stop. >> reporter: but they say instead of waiting for officers to approach the car, that he got
out and walked toward police with his hands hidden. >> so the officer not 2340ei in what's going on draws his gun, starts ordering, giving commands to the person, to the driver. the driver turns around, gets in his car and takes off. >> reporter: the tree unexpectedly brought the chase to an end. a warning for all drivers that rainy weather can create surprise obstacles. police thought for sure that someone would spot him this morning, see him walking and dripping wet, possibly. they have his car. but still no leads yet. they haven't found him. they don't know why he ran. they say he was out on probation, but there were no warrants out for his arrest. amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. so far flood barriers and sandbags are doing the job in san francisco's mission district in front of businesses and homes along a stretch of folsom street that flooded in the past. a strike team is on call in case any flooding problems arise. the city is working on a
long-term solution to improve storm drainage in the area. when it's all said and done, we do need the rain. all the reservoirs in the south bay including almadin and calero are barely over the halfway mark of what's considered normal this time of year. water officials say the rain is encouraging off a dry december. keep track of today's rain and isolated showers where you live with the abc 7 news app. it has the same live doppler 7 so you can get hour-by-hour conditions in your neighborhood. enable push alerts to get breaking news updates. after the break, the way you can help the family of a chp officer killed in the line of duty on christmas eve. and a caretaker mayor, the move to put someone in charge of san francisco now has the race for mayor heating up. plus, president trump's response this morning to oprah's rumored 2020 run for the white house.
happening now, an officer -- there's a fund-raiser taking place at famous dave barbecue in hayward for the family of chp officer andrew killed by a suspected drunk driver on christmas eve leaving behind a wife and two young children. famous dave's barbecue is located at 790 west winton avenue in hayward. 100% of the money raised goes to the camilleri family trust fund.
the deadline is fast approaching for candidates who want to run for san francisco mayor. abc 7 news was at city hall this morning. supervisor jane kim filed her paperwork. kim joins a crowded field with more than 20 people seeking the mayor's office. candidates have until 5:00 p.m. today to file, if they want to appear on the june ballot. we have the complete list of candidates on our website, abc7news.com. and happening today, it's back to the future for the oakland raiders. the team will introduce jon gruden as their new head coach. yesterday was the 20th anniversary of gruden first being hired by the raiders. he spent the last nine years, of course, as an analyst for "monday night football" with our sister station espn. his new contract will be $100 million for 10 year s which wil take him with the franchise to las vegas in 2020. gruden will be introduced at team headquarters in alameda and we'll live stream the news conference on the abc 7 news app beginning at noon. still ahead, the move to protect recreational pot used
now your accuweather forecast with mike nicco. >> all right, we're back, we're taking a look at what happened with this atmospheric river event. only two reporting stations, san jose and ukiah didn't quite mee reach 2 inches. mountain view, 5 1/2 inches in kenfield. it was a big soaker. we got two records from yesterday.
daily records. the first one is san jose. 1.4 inches yesterday. that sets a new record for that date. and even heavier rain fell in san francisco. 3.15 inches, and that made the old daily record of 2.36 go by the wayside. look what happened back in 1872. now it's the 16th wettest day ever in san francisco. the weather service tweeted me this to show me our top five. notice four of the top five were back from the 1800s. the top one, don't look at that, 5.54 inches on november 5th back in 1994. thought you might be interested in that because if you were in san francisco, it was all day rain, itstopped. now it's quieter. see the thicker clouds to the south where we have our best chance of rain and to the east through 4:00 today. partial clearing then the thick fog forms for tomorrow's morning commute. chance of showers especially across the north bay tomorrow. right now see the showers especially down across san jose. as we go through my accuweather 12-hour planner, that's where
we're going to keep hem from noon up to 4:00 when the chance evaporates then the clouds will, too. that will allow temperatures to drop back into the upper 40s to mid 50s by noon. and upper 40s to low 50s by midnight when that fog starts to form. it will be thickest out in the central valley. we'll have some around our neighborhoods. and the thing tomorrow, got to dress a lot warmer. we'll be about 10 to 15 degrees cool kooer this morning. mid to upper 40s along the bay and coast. 51 in san francisco. even though it's not raining at sfo, it hasn't for a while, low clouds keeping flight arrival delays, averaging about 42 minutes' delay. the one storm exiting us. wreaking havoc down in southern california. and the next storm right there, doesn't look impressive, and it's far away. that's 150 mile per hour jet stream that's going to. be riding into our neighborhoods. here we are at 4:00. see the last chance of rain moving out during the evening commute. by 7:00, it's over. overnight look at the gray disappear. that's the clouds opening and why we're going it have the fog form. we'll see increasing clouds tomorrow during the commute with our best chance of rain up in
the north bay. you can see it's kind of scattered out there. we'll have light rain and drizzle during the lunch hour. even a chance of that light rain and drizzle holding on through about 4:00 or 5:00. and then it will also dissipate. and that will lead us to a string of increasing sunshine for thursday. temperatures a little bit warmer, after being in the mid to upper 50s today and tomorrow. we'll be in the upper 50s to low 60s thursday. low to mid 60s with our warmest days and our brightest days stretching from friday, saturday, and sunday. and looks like a storm system will pass us to the north. monday we'll keep it dry for now. kristen? >> mike, thank you. new this morning, president trump is weighing in on the speculation of oprah winfrey making a run for the white ouse in 2020. winfrey delivered a passionate speech sunday night at the golden globe awards. the speech kick started rumors that she could challenge mr. trump in the next election. today, the president responded to the possibility of facing off with another tv star.
>> be a lot of fun. i know her very well. you know, i did one of her last shows. she had donald trump, before politics, her last week. and she had donald trump and my family was very nice. no, i like oprah. i don't think she's going to run. >> there have been mixed reports as to whether oprah is even considering entering her name in the 2020 race. this morning attorneys for one of the men charged in the fatal ghost ship warehouse fire asked for a public money to pay for their client's defense. max harris, the ghost ship's creative director, is facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. one for each victim. four lawyers are working pro bono and would like to split the same cost, a public defender would be paid for the casd harr h a cannabis sanctuary state proposal is in the works here in california. assemblyman reggie jones sawyer wrote the cannabact.
says the sanctuary state proposal will stop the federal government from enforcing cannabis laws locally. a court order signed by a federal judge would be the only exception. last week attorney general jeff sessions rescinded a federal noninterference policy in cannabis-friendly states such as california. pg&e will begin charging customers different rates at different times of the day. it's called variable rates. in april, 150,000 residential customers will see their monthly bills based on when they use electricity, not just how much they use. pg&e expects most customers will see lower monthly bills. officials say if you pay more over the first year of the switchover, they will credit you the difference. you also have the option to opt out. a new list of the richest billionaires is out. and this guy is not on top any longer. we'll tell you who has the top stop right after this break.
we just got on update on our top story. the school bus crash in el sobrante this morning on san pablo dam road. san pablo dam road was supposed to open during this hour but it's going to remain closed in both directions for the investigation until at least 1:00 so another hour and a half. they're also cleaning up the oil on the road left behind.
we do understand all the children who were checked out at the hospital are okay. so no children were hurt in a serious way, but there are two critical injuries, and the pregnant driver. we're also keeping an eye on. so follow more for this story on the abc 7 news app and on abc7news.com. also today, on our website, we have posted a way for you to track the rain on the go with our live doppler 7 radar. if you're logging on to abc7news.com from your phone, be sure to download the abc 7 news app to get breaking news alerts. and then tune in for the latest news and weather right here on our next newscast, which will be abc 7 news at 4:00. jeff bezos is now the richest person in history. the amazon ceo has a net worth of $105 billion with a "b," of course, according to "bloomberg's" billionaire index. a jump in amazon's stock yesterday helped him surpass bill gates.
bezo strks bezos is also owner of the "washington post" and blue origin, a private space company. everybody's been ordering on amazon, it's not a surprise. >> i've been watching. it's going up rapidly. interesting who will give away more of their money. >> bill gates is hard to top in that regard. a live look at san jose. more showers on the way. do be careful. have a great day.
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