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14 miles of bumper-to-bumper misery. this is westbound 580 and this is the cause. a giant pothole rebar exposed and not more than a dozen drivers offer the road this morning. >> and crews have to work fast to fix things because another big storm is coming tomorrow. the damage could be even worse than yesterday. meteorologist mike nicco closely watching live doppler 7 here. thanks for joining us, i'm kristen zse. >> and i'm natasha zouves. we'll check in with mike in a moment. but first our top story. back-up has been on 580 for more than eight hours.
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and it feels lake deja vu. and we have live coverage from alexis smith but we start with amy hollyfield along 580. any improvement in sight? >> reporter: hi, natasha, well it is now starting to rain so nas just adding to -- so that is just adding to problems. and behind me they are still hard at work, the two lanes are still shut down. the pothole is so big, caltrans had to call in an outside contractor to help them repair it. the rough estimate is they open up at 3:00 this afternoon but with the weather the way it is, they say don't hold them to that. imagine hitting this pothole at 60 miles per hour. it happened to ray lewis just before 3:00 this morning and immediately sidelined him. >> it was bad. it was a big bump. so, luckily i didn't lose control of my car. >> reporter: he wasn't alone. chp officers say at least 15
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other cars sat disabled on the shoulder of the westbound interstate 580, all suffering flat tires from this monster pothole. demand was so high for tow trucks, they had to wait for than five hours. >> this is part of driving. >> and while he sat and waiting for help, thousands of others sat in traffic. look at this incredible back-up that built up this morning. two lanes were closed because of this pothole. one man said his 18-mile long trip took three times longer than usual. >> right here is about three hours. oh, yeah, bad traffic. >> reporter: drivers were frustrate and very late for work. >> i should have started at 6:30 and here it is after 8:00. >> caltrans said 580 takes a beating with 20,000 vehicles that use it every day and all of the rain is causing the weakened roads to just crumble. crews did take advantage of the
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last week dry weather and did some patch jobs but yesterday's rain was too much for 580 to handle. >> people come to the bay area. we work in the bay area. better jobs and opportunity out here, they need to fix the roads for us. >> reporter: and caltrans said 580 is set to be repaved later in year. they need dry weather to do that. certainly not happening any time soon. they also said those people who suffered from flat tires can file claims with caltrans. they take them on case-by-case basis so it is anyone's guess whether caltrans will pay for the damage. amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. alexis smith has been tracking the mess on interstate 580 from the moment it happened. let's check in for the latest. >> this happened around 3:00 this morning, when the flat tires started popping up and a major problem ever since. and still a sig-alert. not any new estimates as to when we get the lanes back open but
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the two right lanes are blocked and two left lanes are open 580 near greenville and now rain in the area. so this is not gotten any better. we still have a 14-mile back-up spreading on to 205 into the tracy area and 9 mile-per-hour and 6 mile-per-hour and it is awful and the surface streets are bad as well. all of the parkways are gridlocked. tracy to dublin, about two hours and 10 minutes and we heard someone say 3 hours during the peak commute. and here is the bay area toll plaza and it is soggy. and let's check in with mike nicco because this is just a warm-up for tomorrow's storm rolling in. it really is. and the north bay has seen the brunt of the light rain on going up there. this is from corn el barnard as driving on highway 101. and you head up farther, we have issued because of the steady
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rain. mark west creek is flooding and it will continue through at least 8:30 tomorrow. we take a look at the graphics, you could see that this is on gratan seb astable and going down to stony point road there. now the time for this flooding may be extended because of the heavy rain that is coming in, right now dealing with light rain. but check it out. the rest of us are getting out of the light rain a little bit but it is the north bay with steady rain. and a quick look at what is coming. stick around. we have north strong storm and damaging storm and it could be worse than what we dealt with yesterday. i'll nail down the details for new a few minutes. and caltrans is clearing the latest mudslide. drivers are facing big delays with half of the lanes shut down by rocks and debris. matt keller is live at the scene in scotts valley. matt. >> reporter: you could see the northbound lanes are moving slowly but they are moving. that is the good news.
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caltrans hopes to have this cleaned up by later today but once they dig in they may find out there is more work to do. this is an improvement. the southbound lanes of highway 17 north of scotts valley are now split in two. one going northbound and one going southbound until the mess can be cleaned up. this mudslide came down yesterday morning crushing a truck and forcing the chp to shut down all of highway 17 until late last night. >> i would say 35 would be a good speed to drive on 17 in the current conditions watching out for slides and the rain. >> reporter: caltrans is in charge of getting the mud and debris cleaned up and stabilizing the hillside. >> this is the biggest mudslide i've ever been involved with and have seen on this highway. >> reporter: caltrans is using special equipment called a spied tore get up the hill to get up to the unstable debris. if this seems lake deja vu, it did happen before in this same location. muds and rock and trees and debris hit our abc 7 news van on
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january 9th sending the photograph to the hospital. caltrans thoughthey did their job but there are some things you can't stop from happening. >> this there is no way of stopping this. >> this is one of those act of god type of slade areas. >> reporter: chp told me there were mudslides and trees down overnight but most of the roads have been cleaned up and are back open. but they do say with the rain coming tomorrow, if you could avoid driving on the roads up in the mountains, to do that. stay home if you can. live in santa cruz mountains, matt keller, abc 7 news. >> thank you so much. well if you commute along highway 37 in novato, flooding has once again closed a stretch that has been a problem in recent weeks. flooding has forced another closure along 37 between highway 101 and atherton avenue, caltrans is trying to pump runoff water in the creek to nearby fields but the ground is so saturated from recent storms that water is flowing back on to 37.
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chp said that stretch of highway may not be open for several days. well from breaking news for weather to changing conditions for your commute, track it all with the abc 7 news app. download it for free and enable push alerts to track live doppler 7 any time for the forecast in your neighborhood. new this morning, the fbi is involved in the investigation into violent protests at uc berkeley. fbi agents tell abc 7 news they've been in contact over the incident that led to president trump tweeting a threat to pull federal funds from the school. berkeley said the reports and investigators are trying to figure out who caused $100,000 worth of damage at the plaza. cal blames a group called black block who are not students. if forced the cancelation of a planned speech by internet troll milo yanoupolos. he will return but has not said when. the court after peels could rule on the president's ban as
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early as today. people gathered outside of the court yesterday while they heard oral arguments over the phone. president trump is taking aim at those playing politics. here is the legal showdown. >> reporter: president trump still reeling against the legal challenge that put a halt to his executive order on immigration. >> i don't ever want to call a court biased and so i won't call it biased and we haven't had a decision yesterday. but courts seem to be so political. >> reporter: the fate from seven majority muslim countries up to the ninth circuit court of appeals and the president has acknowledged the case to go to the supreme court but today insisting that shouldn't be necessary because the law is on his side. >> if you were a good student in high school or a bad student in high school, you can understand this. and it's really incredible to me that we have a court case that is going on so long.
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>> reporter: while he takes on the judicial branch of government, in congress democrats again protesting all flig night, this time against jeff sessions for attorney general. the debate turning contentious after republican senators silenced senator elizabeth warren. >> she appeared to violate the rule. she was warned. she was given an explanation. nevertheless, she persisted. >> warren read the decades old world of kennedy and loretta scott king from the 80s. >> i'm surprised that the words of coretta scott king are not suitable for debate in the united states senate. >> reporter: some of warren's democratic colleagues read the same letter from coretta scott king on the floor that led to her sanction but none of them suffered the same punishment. abc news, washington.
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even on a cloudy day. >> that is good to remember. the big question surrouding tom brady after the amazing super bowl comeback. where the superstar and bay area native will go out on top. his answer to what we all want to know. >> and 11:16 and it is a live look at peer 15. a light rain covering the lens there. mike nicco is back next with an hour by hour look at the next major storm coming our way. >> the abc 7 storm impact scale. today's storm is level one. that means light rain. so keep an umbrella handy and drive safely. track today's storm any time on the abc 7 news ap
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i thought we would start with a picture of where the steady rain will continue today. up in the north bay like san rafael and kentuckyfield about 7 to 8 inches of rain and we have issues with flooding there. and let me use this to pull up periods of rain, another strong storm tomorrow. i hate to tell you that. but i'm happy to follow it with a dry pattern developing on saturday and it will hang around for a couple of days. live doppler 7, no yellow but a spot in marin county. no orange or red and not expecting any the rest of the day. down in the south bay, this is the least likely area to see rain as we look at 101 and 880. so light rain at 2:00. low to mid-60s. a spring feel to it, and very humid with a light chance of rain in the 6:00 to 8:00 hour, still around 60 degrees up across the north bay and along the coast. here is the set up for tomorrow.
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another atmospheric river down to hawaii right now it is aimed up in the pacific northwest but it will slide our way as we head through the day tomorrow. so 4:00 in the morning, we're fine. by 7:00, look at how quickly we go from green, light rain, to yellow to moderate rain and orange and red and heavy rain and that is over a 30-mile area across the north bay from 7:00 to 9:00 and that is when we could see the flooding begin. by 9:00 it is starting to move into the heart of the bay. the red still up across the north bay. hasn't left you yet. in fact, it still hasn't left you at noon when the leading edge is down in the south bay. so you've had several hours of that moderate to heavy rain already. so more flooding potential for you. the flooding potential is greatest south of the north bay which means the rest of us throughout the afternoon hours, 5:00 still yellow and oranges in the south bay by 9:00 we taper over to lighter rain. so here is the time frame for the wet weather. waking up tomorrow morning, most of us dry outside in the north
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bay. for the commute. and then it takes over. and you could see a lot of green there. it is up to an inch and a half to two inches, the yellow is anywhere from 3 to 4 inches an the red up to 6 inches and that is going to prompt some flooding. very high to high hydroplaning and stream and creek flooding and trees down everywhere tomorrow. the best chance for flooding 4:00 to 10:00 tomorrow from morning to afternoon in the north bay and santa cruz mountains from 7:00 a.m. thursday into friday and the best chance tor wind damage is at 2:00 in the morning in the areas shaded in yellow in the north bay and 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 in the morning for everyone else and through 4:00 in the afternoon. my accuweather seven-day forecast, so this storm is going to be strong on the storm impact scale. the damage, however, could be greater than what we dealt with yesterday because of what yesterday left over. light showers for friday and then sunshine and low to middle 60s saturday through early next
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week. >> can't come soon enough. thanks, mike. >> thank you. let's talk about the drought, shall we. all of the rain and snow has accepted northern california climb out it. and this afternoon state regulators will decide whether to lift restrictions. the snow pack measured at 182% of normal but water officials are concerned about what could happen if the rain and snow start easing up. the governor declared a drought emergency back in 2014 and ordered californians to cut water by 40%. and we'll learn if restricted, we'll send out a push alert on the abc 7 news app, you could download it for free. tom brady is enjoying another moment in the spotlight. 1 million fans cheered him on during yesterday's victory parade for the historic come-from-behind victory over the falcons but the 39-year-old
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is facing mounting pressure to call it quits, even from his wife gisele bundchen. >> if it was up to me -- she told me that but too bad. >> so that is a no. and police in houston have assigned top investigators to find his game worn super bowl jersey which went missing mysteriously from his locker stall after the game. a reward has been offered for tips leading to its return. when it comes to helping out a friend in need, it turns out animals are just like people.
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he'll get over to the other side. >> he tried a number of times before another more experienced donkey finally showed up. you could see him assessing the problem and look, just like that, he said you just need to lift this pole, guys and he lets -- left his confused and befuddled friend and the others patiently waiting. >> you don't have to reinvent the wheel. >> that is one smart donkey. >> i wonder if that is the italy christmas donkey. >> what on earth are you talking about? >> you have 15 seconds. >> shouldn't have done that. how about this. a watch means things are going to get interesting tomorrow when a warning happens, you need to take immediate action. >> the storm impact scale. >> have a safe and great day. bye-
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