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dumbarton bridge is shutting down. i'm christie smith. we'll take a look coming up. >> finalizing the holiday plans. heads up on major weather changes on the way. christina loren will let you know what's in store for the weekend. if you haven't seen this yet, clint eastwood surprising the republican national convention causing quite a stir. we'll show you why. the knew at 11:00 starts right now. good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm marla tellez. >> i'm jon kelly. good morning, everybody. we start things off with a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck off the east coast of the
philippines. at least one reported dead after house collapsed. towns in the central and southern philippines reporting power outages. initial reports of a possible tsunami prompted coastal redents to move to higher ground, but that tsunami alert has been lifted so the countries in that region, including indonesia and japan. to the usgs center in men low park where bob redell is standing by live. now, bob, we understand you have a geophysicist with you to explain what a quake of this magnitude means. a 7 pptd 6, that's a biggie. >> reporter: it sounds like it. good morning to you, marla and jon. a physicist with the u.s. gust. good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: 7.6, 60 miles off the coast, how significant is that? >> well, this is a rather typical sized large earthquake for this area of the philippines. on the map, you can see today's event, we've had -- >> the yellow circle?
>> the big orange circle, nine vents greater than magnitude 4.5. aftershocks. and thee gray dots are other magnitude 7.0 events that have occurred within the past hundred years. so this is a region where they haven't had, you know, a magnitude 7.0 event in a while, but about 200 kilometers north we had a magnitude 7.0 in 1975. further inland a late as 1995. >> reporter: in spite of what seems like a large magnitude, not a cause for great alarm? >> no. this did generate a very small tsunami. there was a tsunami warning issued by the pacific tsunami warning center in hawaii eight minutes after the event. it was subsequently canceled a little before 8:00 our time as a result of decreasing the original magnitude from 7.9 to 7.6 and buoy measurements came in only about an inch high in terms of height. >> when we look at this part of the world over here, it seems like especially along the rim
you see a lot of higher magnitude quakes, whereas you look at our part of the world, the california coast, you seelesser. >> yes. so this is the philippines sea plate here is intersecting this plate. this is a subduction zone, and this is the same type of fault that we have off the coast of japan. and as well as off the coast of alaska, indonesia, sumatra, and oregon, washington. these types of faults are capable of generating the large magnitude 8.0 to 9.0 event. in california, we're dominated by the strike slip fault because of the type of plate boundary we have here along the coast of california. and these -- generally we have, you know, up to about a magnitude 8.0 is our largest event. that's like the 1906 type event. most of them are, you know, large events, lower magnitude events. >> reporter: thank you very much, doctor. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: the u.s. gust is still predicting a 63% chance of a magnitude 6.7 here in the bay
area within the next roughly 30 years. reporting live at the usgs in men l men low park, bob redell. to new jersey, this morning, three people dead including the gunman after an early morning shooting at a grocery store, an apparent murder/suicide there. this happened about 4:00 this morning about 25 miles outside of new york city. the store was closed at the time. reports say that gunman was a current or former employee who showed up to that store wearing military fatigues armed with an ak-47 rifle and a pistol. anxious homeowners in foster city say they are keeping an eye on a teenager charged with burglarizing two homes and sexually assaulting a young neighbor. the suspect, justin somethichen out on bail and back home less than a block from the home police say he broke into. last night foster city police chief craig portland attended a neighborhood meeting to reassure neighbors their safety is the top priority.
>> folks' home is their sanctuary. it is the place on earth where we should all feel secure. and the fact that somebody entered while people were homemade it that much more serious. >> neighbors say they realized that police cannot be there every second, so they are going to watch the suspect themselves. he reports on tuesday and is expected to enter a plea. pleasantson police teaming up with the fbi trying to identify a woman found dead three months ago whose body was found stuffed inside of a trash can. police releasing a sketch of the victim back in june but so far no leads. federal investigators now searching databases for fingerprints and dna, trying to identify this woman. dental record also being examined. investigators say the woman was in her 20s and is either asian or hispanic. her death being investigated as a had had, but so far no cause of death has been determined because her body was so badly
decomposed. and alameda county superior court judge has ruled against a defense motion to exclude some of the evidence against a woman accused of killing nursing student michelle le. the defense claims statements from her on the night le disappeared were gathered during an illegal serge. the judge ruled the officer's conduct was justified. the trial is expected to begin september 17th exactly one year after le's body was found. it's almost three suspects behind bars this morning as police search for three more following a brazen robbery at a jewelry store in vacaville. at least six men armed with handguns and hammers robbed a jewelry store on main street in downtown vacaville yesterday morning. one suspect held the lone employee at gunpoint while the others smashed the glass displays and took merchandise. police say three of those men arrested are residents of san francisco.
well, the san jose firefighter who collapsed from a heart attack while fighting a fire at st. patrick's cathedral remains hospitalized this morning. frank lyon is in critical but stable condition. he was at the fire yesterday afternoon when he suddenly collapsed. it was his fellow firefighters who helped save his life. a registered nurse who worked in regional's cardiac unit se he was lucky to be surrounded by people who knew how to restart hi heart. >> -- of this particular patient was blocked and it actually stopped the rhythm. that is what we call sudden death, and if it is not restored within moments, that's it. >> no one else was hurt in that fire. fire investigators are still examining the site for the cause. with the holiday weekend upon us, a lot of people are taking off to the roads for that getaway friday. if you're one of them, might want to get ready for some pain at the pump, maybe a few detours and more law enforcement out on the prowl. nbc bay area's christie smith is
live at chp station right now. sounds a little noisy out there but you're officially our tour guide for the holiday weekend. take it away. >> reporter: good morning to you. happy friday. we've been pretty much up and down the bay area, but i tell you, this is going to be a busy labor day weekend. the chp starts its maximum enforcement this evening. they're telling me that last labor day weekend they made about 1,500 arrests for impaired driving. aaa saying there will be a lot of drives on the road and the dumbarton bridge is shutting down. today is the fist day the dumbarton is closed and could be the last. crews will replace an expansion joint on the east end. the closure starts at 10:00 tonight. >> we're replacing the second of two large seismic joints on the bridge, and replacing wit a larger one. so this new joint will give the bridge an additional couple of feet of movement in a seismic event. snoo >> reporter: by 6:00 p.m., the california highway patrol will
have max maum enforcement looking for drunk drivers and speeders. this time last year, fatalities went up 38%. on the row, plenty of company. aaa says slightly more california drivers are heading out this weekend compared to last year. despite gas prices at over $4 a gall gallon. >> one weekend won't really hurt. it will be all right. >> the prices are getting pretty high. >> yeah. nothing we can do about it. >> reporter: can i ask how much it costs to fill your truck? >> about 85 bucks. >> it just seems there's more cars and more people on the road. you could raise it even higher and it's not going to change anything. >> reporter: the dumbarton bridge is expected to reopen by 5:00 a.m. tuesday. i'm told there is a chance it could reopen early. in fact, that happened the last time that it was closed over memorial day weekend. reporting live in san francisco, christie smith, nbc bay area news. okay, christie. thanks so much.
we'll talk about christie had a scarf on in san francisco. let's get to the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >> a little cool today. >> also the last day of august. we're supposed to be able to tear that scarf up a at some point. today won't be that day. san francisco, headed back towards the mid-70s, so if this is kind of a gloomy shot looking out over the transamerica pyramid, what i can tell you is very, very soon we'll get through this. at the end of the holiday weekend, want to start out with what's happening right now. you see those thick low clouds, stratus clouds layered up over the city by the bay. not just here, just about everywhere across the bay area. mostly clou ti conditions right now. as a result, slight delays at three hours this morning out of sfo. but i am happy to report even with fog and drizzle in oakland and a little of that patchy fog in san jose, we are actually right on time out of those two airports. if you're heading towards the bay bridge, maybe headed over the bay bridge to head into tahoe, no delays there.
highway 152, pacheco pass, watch out for thick fog. no delays through there. this is how it all works out. we stop the clock on your futurecast. mostly cloudy conditions all over the greater bay area. the sun peeked through the santa cruz mountains. we stopped that clock at 4:00 p.m. still mostly cloudy. you'll get a little sunshine in san francisco for a few hours between about 4:00 and 7:00, and look, those low clouds roll right back in. if you're trying to catch a flight later on tonight, you're not going to have much bert luck. thick low clouds for today, 10 to 15 degrees cooler. for tomorrow, another round of thick fog and drizzle, then temperatures change. the exact opposite. they spike into the upper 90s inland. so we have a lot to talk about in your full forecast. that's coming up in just a few minutes. right now, back to you. christina, thank you so much. maybe you're heading to yosemite for the long weekend. they'll be greeted with bad news when they get there. the number of hantavirus cases
has increased to six. park officials have closed 100 signature tent cabins in curry village. officials believe catchers were staying in those cabins when they were exposed to the virus when they were exposed to deer mouse droppings. two people have died and four others are recovering. south bay school seriously damaged by a massive fire opened today, reopened, actually. trace elementary holding a grand opening for its new campus building. the structure replacing the school's original main building. that was destroyed during an arson fire back in 2010. two teens were found guilty of starting that fire which caused more than $10 million worth of damage. now, teachers and students at that time had to use portable classrooms while the new building was being reconstructed. coming up at 11:00, the gop convention is over after mitt romney accepts the nomination. but all the chatter about clint eastwood continues today.
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♪ to decision 2012 now. mitt romney getting back out on the campaign trail as the official republican nominee. he accepted that nomination last night at the republican national convention in tampa. romney telling voters the obama administration has failed, and romney has a plan to fix things. >> you know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you vote for him. >> romney and running mate paul ryan attending a sendoff rally in tampa this morning. romney's speech is not the only thing people are talking about this morning. clint eastwood was a guest speaker at the convention. he spoke to an empty chair
pretending to address president obama. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him to do that. can't do that to himself. [ laughter ] you're absolutely crazy. >> eastwood's speech set twitter abuzz last night. this morning an account called invisible obama already has almost 50,000 followers. >> count pop up like minutes after clint was speaking. the financial markets say good-bye to august with a slight rally. scott mcgrew has all the business headlines. >> well, good morning. the markets getting a bit of a boost this morning after ben bernanke delivered a major policy speech in jackson hole, wyoming. bernanke said the fed would be ready to step in with further stimulus if that's needed and the markets moved higher. now, this is not the first time he's said that. he says this all the time, and each time traders love it. it pushed the markets and the
dow higher on their last day of august. it's really been fairly quiet this month. volume traded very low. that's normal. netflix stock lower after hbo said it would offer its streaming app to northern europe, a market that netflix just entered as well. and this fellow signed a billion-dollar verdict against samsung in silicon valley patent trial of the century. he was the foreman of the apple versus samsung trial. he said he was surprised he got picked for jury at all. hogan will be one of my guests this week on "press here." that's sunday morning after "meet the press." back to you. >> do not want to miss scott's show. thank you. isaac may have passed, but the storm is still causing concern. louisiana state officials fear new floods and hundreds of thousands could spend days without power. nbc's danielle lee is in new orleans with the latest efforts on this recovery. >> reporter: people in louisiana and mississippi are still trudging through streets that look more like rivers.
>> they're scared. you know, they're leaving their homes, don't know if they'll have to home to go back to. >> reporter: police are hoping the floodwaters drain by night so crews can repair the damage. >> still at least three to four feet deep in the roadway. downed power lines and trees. >> reporter: they're waiting for officials to intentionally breach the dam. it's under pressure from the storm. >> most important thing is protecting people's lives a and property. >> reporter: new orleans engineers said the improved levees did the job and protected the city from significant damage. >> there's no doubt in anyone's mind at the corps this was an invaluable service. >> reporter: and restaurants like this one are already open. >> okay. thank you. >> appreciate it. >> reporter: customers like chuck boyd jones say they're coming for more than these warm sugary treats. >> down here they've got power nap's the only reason i'm down here. they have a.c. >> reporter: still dealing with discomforts like no power but
better off than many and positive about the future. mitt romney is visiting the damaged areas of louisiana today, and president obama will be here on monday. in new orleans, i'm danielle lee for nbc news. thank you very much. right now, let's check back in with meteorologist christina loren. look ahead for your holiday forecast. good morning. >> hey, good morning to you. yes, we are finally at friday and finally we are at labor day, as well, which you may know as the unofficial end of summer. this is the final day of august. it is so cool out there by august standards. taking a live look at the reason why. from the oakland coliseum, home of the a's. you can see mostly cloudy conditions here. if you're headed up from the south bay into the oakland area, watch out for a steady drizzle or mist all the way from hay ward to oakland. that will be the case for the next couple hours. then the sun will come through for a couple hours. this is san jose, also mostly cloudy at this point. right to your forecast this morning. temperatures are nice and cool out there still, but the sun just broke through in san jose, and so we were able to break into the 60s.
onshore flow really strong for today, same for tomorrow. and it's going to keep your temperatures much cooler than average. upper 50s and low 60s out there, 62 degrees in san jose. so here we go. area of low pressure arrives as we head throughout tonight. this is going to keep that cool air in place. so today heegs are going to be about 15, maybe 20 degrees cooler than where we ended up yesterday. also expecting a pretty robust sea breeze as we round out the day. so keep that in mind as well. not a great day for the boat. kind of choppy on the bay as we head throughout this afternoon. 60 degrees, that's it in san francisco, 76 in wine country in santa rosa, and you'll hit about 67 degrees in santa cruz. you think, hey, i want to hit the beach. it's labor day weekend. you'll be able to. let me show you the seven-day forecast. really tells the story for you. you look at the changes headed our way. 79 degrees friday. up to 83 saturday. then between saturday and sunday we go from 83 to 97. so a rapid warm-up. that is your beach day. also holding on to great conditions at the beach on
monday. back to you guys. >> time to get out those beach balls. >> absolutely. enjoy that sunshine. all right. still ahead at 11:00, the pentagon looking to take serious action against the former navy s.e.a.l. who wrote a book about the bin laden raid. and then 77 years and counting. this couple tells us what it takes to make it last. >> that's a love connection. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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day." it goes on sale tuesday. he knows he's won millions but has not come forward to claim the money. lottery officials say right here, this is surveillance of a man buying the $52 million winning mega millions lottery ticket at the quick and convenient convenience store in fremont. he's physically checked his ticket several times at bay area stores but for some reason has yet to claim the money. we talked with the cashier who sold him the ticket. >> i know him. he used to come almost every week. >> he has one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize or else he will lose all $52 million. >> then he has the rest of his life to spend it. enjoy. when we come back, everyone knows what it's like to be married for ten years. how about 80 years? we'll introduce you to a couple.
still in love. >> i just love this couple. here's the sweet, loving duo. bud and olive stevens celebrating their wedding anniversary this week, and this one is monumental. they were married back in 1935. they started a family. they have two children, five grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. and later, yeah, much later, still going very, very strong. the secret of their success, obviously a sense of humor for both. >> says i'm 16 days older so i'm going to be the boss. and so i thought, well, that's better than fighting. >> it's been one day at a time. and now it's got down to one minute at a time. >> that is a lot of love. bud and olive say these 77 years have just flown by. >> he lets her be the boss. >> yeah. i'm guessing probably set a world record for saying yes, dear.