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>> alan: an old tree crashes into an east bay home, and a landmark day for gay rights in the u.s. militititititititititit
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>> alan: scattered showers hit the bay area tonight as an oak tree punches a hole in the roof of a house in oakland. >> wild, i tell you. >> alan: heavy rains are making it difficult to navigate some roadways in the sacramento area, and in the sierra, snow and slush has been falling most of the day. chains are a must over donner and echo summits tonight. good evening. the next storm is just a few hours away, and leigh glaser is keeping an eye on live doppler 7hd. leigh? >> leigh: very active out there right now. you can see live doppler 7hd. just in the last couple hours, more moisture continuing to feed in towards the bay area. we have rain now in santa rosa,
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petaluma, novato, close to the golden gate bridge. some moderate rain on whipple road, and dublin, you're getting ready to get hit. some of the heaviest rain has been south of san jose. we're seeing now towards redwood city. this is gilroy, down towards hollister. check out this band of very heavy rain moving through monterey and salinas. heavy rain, definite for your sunday morning, and we look at the forecast coming up. >> alan: pg&e just restored power to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in half moon bay. they lost their electricity earlier this evening. crews also restored power to 27 customers in hollister. the utility blames the rain for equipment failures. >> despite the rain, this was a day a lot of people were
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counting on to finish their christmas shopping. lisa amin gulezian has more on that. his his college -- >> lisa: college avenuemer chants are trying to lure in shoppers on supersaturday. retailers' last minute push before christmas, and it's a foggy one. >> rain is affecting things. definitely an increase in business but it isn't what it would be if it were moderate weather. >> lisa: when consumers are extra conscious of spending. >> we have no money. well, enough to pay our bills but food -- and food on the table but cutting back on the spending. >> reporter: the rain is expected to continue all week long with no significant break in sight. the heavy downpour started yesterday. and today? it's caused flooding on interstate 880 in oakland.
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caltrans crews started clearing storm drains early this morning. the debris backed up in seven spots, and the problems underground caused this backup above ground. a total of four lanes were closed for hours. >> just an irritant. >> reporter: the rain is making things more challenging than usual everywhere. traffic isn't the only turn. homeowners are worried about leaks and water damage. >> the city of oakland is offering up to 20 free sandbags and plastic tarps to residents. >> i'm going to just put them around this foundation outside, to keep water from going into the basement. sometimes when it rains really hard, then the base tends to kind of take on a leak. >> reporter: sandbags are available at oakland service center and at 14 of the city's fire stations.
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lisa amin gulezian, abc-7 news. >> alan: at sfo, passengers endured storm-related delays. four flights never made it to san francisco because of heavy snow in london. it also stranded people headed for sfo to london aboard british airplanes and virgin atlantic. for more information on your flights and wait times, take a look at our flight tracker on abc-7 >> in the sierra, they're dealing with the rain, the wind, the snow, and now power outages. we're live from blue canyon. house it going? >> not good at all. alan. even worse for a lot of people. pg&e customers knocked offline bus of the high expwoips the heavy snow, and then there are
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powerlines about to be knocked down because they're honging so dnr -- hanging so low. caltrans crews, you know at it bad when they're worried. this is near the summit where the homes -- you can barely find them because they're so much snow. 15 feet of that. five to eight is new accumulation. and chain control is set up in different areas because there's so many spinouts, have to continue to fine new years hold drivers back and tell them to put on your chains now. the problem is it's all that water that is constantly coming down, and people have to get in that water to get underneath their trucks to put the chains on and it's upsetting for the drivers. >> they have all these pulloffs so we can chain up, which is fine, but it's ridiculous when he have to chain up that far away from where we need them, because when we do get to where we need them, then we don't have
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any chains left. so it's kind of a catch-22. >> catch-22 but very well needed because caltrans crews are saying they're probably going to shut down the roads by the time morning hits because this rain is now -- it's actually stopped. it's been raining all day long, is going to be turning to snow. it's the quiet before the storm, and crews nervous because this is going to be like this for at least the next few days, at least until wednesday. reporting live in blue canyon, back to you, alan. >> alan: thanks for hanging in there with us. in a few days, president obama will sin a -- sign a new law. an historic senate vote repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, after a long and bitter campaign chore change. >> a day to sell bait for --
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celebrate for american lee job post 448. >> i'm living proof that an openly gay person does not harm morale. if hey a strong bond with my coworkers after i came out. >> the yeas are 65. the nays 31, the motion i adopted. >> alan: the senate passed the bill repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. the ban on gays who serve openly in the armed forces. >> this can be done and should be done without imposing a serious risk to military reddiness. >> alan: opponents went down fighting. >> in the middle of a military conflict is not a time to do it. >> today is a sad day. >> alan: members of the lbgt center estimate 36,000 military members are gay, lesbian or buy sexual and at least 1 million living veterans are gay or
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lesbians. >> i never stopped loving this country, and when i pledge allegiance at every meeting, i do it with great pride and joy. >> alan: pentagon officials are warning gay service members that "don't ask, don't tell" will remain in place that's review the issue. while gay right activists are celebrating, the supporters of the dream ac%oñ are dealing with disappointment. the senate voted against legislation that would give young illegal immigrants pathaway to citizenship if they joined the military or went to school. >> a few high profile illegal immigrants are worried about doing -- being deported. one is comparing this time of year with the way she feels tonight. >> at tonight's ceremony in san
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francisco, 18-year-old eliz -- elizabeth lee couldn't happen compare herself to mary and joseph and how they were rejected on christmas night. >> it's where mary, joseph and jesus were looking for a place to stay, and this is dreamers, too because we consider this our country, a country we love and want to give back to. >> reporter: lee told her story to church goers after the re-enactment and described her disappointment about the vote. she was hoping to go to uc berkeley. now she is focusing on her january deportation date. >> i was born in peru but i don't know anyone there now. i was brought here when is i was nine. >> the bill's rejection is bad news for steve lee, who also made headlines when he was jailed in september. senator dianne feinstein introduced a private bill to
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temporarily delay his deportation to peru. his lawyer says he could be deported as early as next year when feinstein's bill expires. >> in the debate critics called the dream act a back door to amnesty. >> this bill is a law that, at its fundamental core, is a reward for illegal activity. >> this is the only country they have ever known. and all they're asking for is a chance to serve this nation. >> on this vote, the yaiz are 55, the nays are 41. >> it fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed to pass, a fact that some bay area activists are pointing to as a positive. >> taking this majority vote in the senate and a victory in the house into the new year with is as a reminder of the power we have gained. >> five democrats joined the
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republicans in vote against the dream act. three republicans and two independents voted with 50 democrats for it. president obama called the vote incredibly disappointing. abc-7 news. >> alan: the new bay bridge suspension tower is taking shape out there in difficult conditions that crews had to deal with as they install 4 million pounds of steel. and what some iphone apps are revealing about you to other companies without your consent. the worst offenders, and more on the series of storms stretching across the
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>> closed captioning brought to >> closed captioning brought to >> alan: tensions are high on the korean peninsula tonight. south korea military examiner side planed on an island that was shelled by though, though, -- shelled by north korea were cancelled because of bad weather. the because of the escalating tensions russia is calling for an hundred meeting of the u.n. security council.
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>> smart foaps can fine directions and they also remember personal details about you. research conducted by the wall street journal shows that smartphones also share this was widely and often. the information includes your contact numbers, current locations and a unique i.d. number that can never be changed or turned off. the journal examined 101 popular apps for iphone and the android and discovered that 56 of them transmitted the phone's unique i.d. number. one of the woirts offenders was pandora's music app. >> crews finished the latest phase of the construction of the bay bridge. the contract are started the day ahead of sed to all avoid the weather we're having. although they didn't have to deal with e.r.a. -- rain, when
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the final pieces are added in february can, it will be 525 feet tall. >> let's talk to leigh glaser. she is at the board looking at this front coming through. leigh? >> leigh: the heaviest rain is going to move in tomorrow morning. already starting to get very active. we had a nice break this afternoon for much of the bay area. but you can see the moisture already starting to feed in. in the north bay, this is on the lying side. east bay starting to pick up moderate rain. livermore valley area, and hollister, gilroy, salinas, this band of very heavy rain now making its way, pushing in from west to east right now. more is gathering off the coast, so get ready for the wind to pick up overnight, and also that moisture going to barrel in here, especially tomorrow morning. we know that plume is starting to rise back north because look
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at the temperatures. mountain view, 62. 60 in san jose. in the north bay, temperatures much cooler, accept rosa right now, 52, and 58 in san francisco. increasing rain and wind overnight. the heaviest rain tomorrow morning, then scattered showers sunday afternoon, and then off and on showers next week. we'll show you what's going on. southern california actually the moisture plume pushed in that direction today. we got also bit of a break. you can see as this continues to feed in, everything starting to look towards the north. so while we did have a slight break today, everything is moving in our direction. you can see where the jet stream pushed the moisture feed into southern california, and in the last few frames all of this is starting to move to the north. this is us right now. so this train of moisture will continue to feed in here overnight tonight. going through the night, you can see things really get active.
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tomorrow morning, check this out. heavy rain makings way across the bay area. 11:00, continue to see the heavy rain. and then late in the afternoon, things start to thin out a little bit. a little break sunday night, and then more rain due in here on monday. rainfall potential, maybe an inch and a half, three inches in the santa cruz mountains, and a half an inch to maybe an inch other place across the bay area. winter storm warnings in effect in the sierra, up until 4:00 monday afternoon, and still looking at incredible amounts of snowfall. three to eight feet expected about the 7,000-foot level. tomorrow morning, the heaviest rain. maybe a few claps of thunder as well, and then the rain will decrease by tomorrow afternoon. temperatures much like today, mid-up to 50ers. watsonville, 58. the seven-day forecast, we will continue to go with periods of rain through monday. slight break on tuesday. winter arrives on tuesday.
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rain heavy at times on wednesday, and then we dry it out thursday and friday. more rain expected on christmas. >> alan: thank you, leigh. on to shu. a good day for indoor sports. >> mike: it was. a busy night locally, the sharks avoiding the blues in st. louis,
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>> mike: the warriors are struggling to find their identity. in port, it didn't happen they were missing two of their starters, both with sprained ankles. second quarter, radmanovic driving and dunking. the warriors trail by nine at the half. monte with the offbalance shot. the blazers led by as many as
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15. paddy mills florida home the triple. he had 12. the warriors travel. reggie williams, two of his 16. golden state down one. ellis, shot, off the mark, the warriors' come back falls short. 96-95 the final. the sharks have been so inconsistent this season, it's been hard to put a win streak together. with the win in st. louis, they have two straight victories. the teams could not get along, though. first period, sharks backing up their bite. cute in the third, bleasd past the st. louisnet minder. then in the second, more from couture. the deflection off of the shot. the third career two-goal game. the sharks go on to a 4-1 victory.
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four tds. it's 35-0. in the third. this time joe theo getting it done. look at that field. about six straight games on it. de la salle wins the open division title for the second straight year, 48-8 your final. >> the cal women reach their first ncaa volleyball championship match in school history, facing penn state in the finals. the bears have not lost a set in the entire tournament. but the nittany lions would change that. brown for the kill. penn state takes the first set. bears tried to rally in the second. murray dropping the hammer. cal has two set points in the second but could not convert. coming up with the pig roof. penn state won the second. third set. championship point. penn state lead cal for the fourth straight year in the
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postseason, winning their fourth title in a row. a heartbreaking loss for cal. >> in berkeley, mike montgomery's basketball team hosting cal poly. second half, donohue finding a cutting hap send. cal cal poly down 4. that's money. bears up 42-39. then off the miss. mark sanders. there for the follow. a double-double. 15 points, ten helps. the dagger from deep. wasn't pretty but cal now 6-4 with a ten-point victory. >> in indianapolis, stanford men visiting butler. cardinals kept it close for six minutes. ellis, two of his 1. stanford with zero assists in the first hamp -- first half. bull does up 19 at the half.
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howard opens the second half with ten straight pointsment watch this bank shot. he had 27. butler routs stanford, 83-50. the raiders will host denver tomorrow. tim tebow starting for the broncos. unfloornl its blacked -- unfortunately it's blacked out. we'll have your high lights, and the 49ers are off. >> leigh: very wet tomorrow. >> alan: that concludes another broadcast of abc-7 news. thanks for watching everyone. good night.
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