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pour some water on the building! frantic moments after a massive gas line explosion. we have the latest on the situation this morning. >> it's amazing that people weren't injured in this. >> i know. good morning on this thursday, february 7th. we'll get to that news in a moment. first, we want to check our weather. meteorologist mike nicco has our forecast. >> a lot of frost in the same spots as yesterday. the frost isn't as thick as the air mass is drying out a little bit. hi everybody. want to show you live doppler 7. that's our next storm bearing down on us already. it's pushing increasing clouds. you'll want to have the sunglasses with you. you can see it's pretty clear out there right now. that's why we're in the low to mid-30s inland and around the bay through the 7:00 hour. how about 50 to 53 at noon. 52 to 55, still five to eight degrees cooler than average. dress for mid to upper 40s. >> it's dry this morning. check out the dry commute with
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alexis. good morning, mike. we have one issue in the east bay. this is pretty much all we've been dealing with. this is a solo vehicle collision. initially, it sounded like a flat tire. i think it was more than that. blked due to this collision. twes are getting by. checking our speed, down to 9 miles an hour. definitely heavy for a mile and a half. 580 wide open. as long as you're not in a big rig, you can use that for an alternate. drive times looking great here. westbound 80, highway 4 to the maze 17 minutes. westbound 0 across the bay bridge. no metering lights yet. southbound 101, san francisco to sfo looking good in the green at nine minutes. developing news in san francisco. here's a live look at geary boulevard and parker avenue where pg&e crews are still on scene after a gas line explosion sent people running for their lives and incredibly no one was hurt. right now, geary and parker remains closed. a look here at the huge flames yesterday. five buildings burned in this
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fire. the fire chief says this started when construction crews working on an underground fiberoptic hit a gas line setting off the blast around 1:18 p.m. >> just huge ball of fire. it was really loud. you could hear it spewing. you could hear the gas spraying really loud. >> sky 7 was overhead after the gas exploded into a fireball right outside the hong kong lounge 2 restaurant on the corner there. we have live team coverage on the scene. amy hollyfield is gathering the latest from the scene. we'll check in with her at 5:30. right now, though, we want to go to abc 7 news reporter matt keller. he has reaction from evacuees. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, jessica. we have a bird's eye view at geary and parker. you can see a lot of work being done by pg&e crews this morning. many people are waiting to return home. some watched this terrifying event happen in front of their eyes. >> i was about to park and i saw -- i heard something and
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when i looked, there was huge fire shooting up the sky. >> when the fire ignited, fire officials went door to door evacuating neighbors within a one-block radius. five buildings were damaged. the rough estimate of people displaced sent 100 people late wednesday. that late mandatory evacuation order. they were directly impacted by the fire and firefight. san francisco fire is hoping the number will be much lower once landlords account for the tenants. >> the electricity cut off, the gas is cut off. we're telling people to spend overnight elsewhere. it may be a few hours they might let us back in. they couldn't promise. >> reporter: dozens of people ended up returning home to collect important items that they then had to leave. now, pg&e says crews will be working around the clock to restore power and gas here in this area. reporting live in san francisco, matt keller, abc 7 news. matt, thank you. understandably, there was panic
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and chaos. >> you'll hear what the dispatchers went through in the first few minutes. >> get some water. we're not going to extinguish the main. get the water on the -- the building! [ inaudible ] >> on the top of -- [ inaudible ] >> it's craze what the first responders go through in the beginning of an emergency. dan noyes found a lot of information on pg&e and mass tech. >> that's the company that was digging a fiberoptics projoptics >> the company is mass deck, a construction company out of
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coral gables, florida. it was their crew of 8 to 10 workers, operating that excavator that cut into the 12-inch gas main. video shows that the natural gas didn't immediately catch fire. the crew had a chance to runaway. no one was hurt in this incidents. cal osha tells us that they've had inspections with mass deck two in southern california and one from concord in 2015. the employees were demolishing power lines with other contractors when one of the workers suffered an electric shock cutting into a riser that housed a live power line. when someone is going to dig, they have to call 811 so pg&e can mark where the gas lines are to prevent an accident like this. pg&e said today mass tech did call and theer rked. but pg&e has faced problems with its 811 system. a former commissioner with the p.u.c. tells me she has questions. >> was there an inaccuracy in
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the marking? what happened to the system and this is also why the investigation that the p.u.c. launched in 2018 was important into this very program. >> in december, the p.u.c.p.u.c. broken law. they found pg&e undercounted tens of thousands of late ticket each year between 2012 and 2016. then, of course, is the bigger question. why did it take more than two hours to turn off the gas? they apparently couldn't find a valve, so they had to resort to digging by hand in the street. finally i can crimping the gas lane closed. dan noyes, abc 7 news. verizon issued a statement about their role. we understand that company is cooperating with the investigators as they determine the root cause of the incident. the fiber installation has been halted pending the outcome of an investigation by local
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authorities. >> we're working in close coordination with the public safety officials and understand that no injuries or fatalities were reported in connection with the incident. we appreciate the interest many have ex re pressed but must reserve further public comment. >> witnesses grabbed their cell phones. something is happening wherever you live. send it to us. we will obviously use it in our reporting if you accepted it to us on social media, use the #abc 7 now. in this case, it was so critical to see what was happening from all these different angles from our viewers and we thank you. we're constantly updating the story on our news app as well. we sent out the push alert once crews got the fire under control. download the abc 7 news app and you'll get the push alerts. we're going to turn to the weather right now and mike nicco. >> amazing watching them put the water on that and the fire shooting up through the water. that's when you knew they had a lot of troubles and a lot of
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danger ahead. for us, everything is quiet this morning. because it's so still out there, we've got frost forming once again. look at menlo park. 31 degrees. mid to upper 30s for redwood city, san mateo. everybody else in the 40s. 42 in oakland. 37 in san jose. look at the freezing temperatures in the east bay valley. here's a look from the east bay hills. today, last dry day to do some yard work. a lot of lawn care services like to put out fertilizer this time of year and with the rain last week, everything is sprouting. if you want to get it cut or trimmed back, today is the day to do it or you have to wait until monday or tuesday. calm and dry out on the bay. for the east bay, 40s up until 10:00. 52 to 55 from noon to 4:00. that feels pretty comfortable. 48 again at 8:00. so grab that coat if you're headed out for the evening. look at the north bay.
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stuck in the 30s through 8:00. 40s till noon. barely in the 50s this afternoon. back down into the mid-40s by 8:00. for san francisco, 40s up until 10:00 and low to mid-50s the rest of the day and into the evening hours. with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. the timetable on tomorrow's rain is coming up next. here's alexis. good morning, mike. a quiet start to our thursday morning drive. here's the golden gate bridge shot. i watched the zipper trucks come through. it looks like we've got four lanes southbound, two northbound. no delay on either side of the bridge. a quick check of mass transit this morning. oakland airport connector is out for b.a.r.t. today due to a mechanical issue. ac transit is providing mutual service instead. you'll have to use that if you're trying to use mass transit to get to oakland airport. muni, we've got the gas line explosion, of course, yesterday. reroutes through the geary and parker area. i'll talk more about that in 20 minutes. ace rail looking great.
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1 and 3 on time so far. thanks, alexis. the big thing gavin newsom is giving up now that he's started his new job as governor. >> play basketball. grow up. i don't trust -- >> strong words from the warriors kevin durant. what he's referring to here. a cat named fluffy found thrown in a snowbank and
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upon further review, after going over the data that came in overnight, i decided to up the scale. the data said i should. to a moderate for tomorrow. showers, brief downpours, which could cause minor ponding on the roadways. and thunderstorms are even possible. i'll give you an hour by hour look kwoming up. the family of a texas woman shot and killed while setting up a garage sale is making a new plea to find the person responsible. marcus moore has the details. >> in gma first look, police looking for the person caught on tape fatally shooting a woman while she was setting up a garage sale. in this chilling surveillance video from january 25th, someone approaches her in her texas driveway at 6:55 a.m. you can see the two appear to talk briefly. then seconds later, ba razz a is shot four times at point-blank
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range. we're not showing you the actual murder. the killer is seen then running away before getting into a dark vehicle and driving off. >> investigators still need vital information to solve this horrible crime. >> police looking for any clues. investigators not certain if the suspect is male or female. they've made no arrests and have yet to determine if she was targeted. authorities say she put up signs for the sale that morning. we'll have more on this urgent investigation at 7:00 a.m. with your gma first look, i'm marcus moore, abc news, houston. a 17-year-old is charged with murder in the shooting death of a grandmother in san a stray bullet from outside hit her while she was sitting inside her home. this is video from the scene on january 19th. 58-year-old lily santiago hernandez died shortly after the shooting. police have not released the suspect's name for picture. abbuilding a better bay are. that includes affordable
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housing. now more of it is coming to the south bay. they put aside funding to kick off construction of 1100 units. it comes from repayment of past redevelopment loans and fees. because of funding like this, one woman that we spoke with moved into her own place with her three sons. she beat out 1700 applicants for her three-bedroom apartment. she pays just under $1500 a month. that's at least half the typical market rate. >> i want to live like this with my kids. i have good neighbors, too. and the people work here. really nice with me. they're really nice. >> san jose is also adding a dedicated staff member to speed up the approval process for affordable housing developments. now for some not so affordable housing. governor gavin newsom is selling his marin county home for nearly 6 million bucks. the mid century modern home is in the kept woodlands.
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governor newsom relocated to the state capitol. real estate agents say living in a former governor's home does add value. if he ever runs for president, well, it could be worth even more. in marin county, the numbers are in and they're impressive. for the salmon returning to the creek, according to a count by the water district, 350 pairs of coho dug nests. aquatic ecologists say that this is the best return in more than a decade. they say the numbers were as low as 50 to 60 fish in 2008. they credit habitat restoration effort for the population surge that has occurred, which is great to hear. now to a story bolstering the belief that maybe cats do have nine lives. >> a cat named fluffy lost her fluff, at least temporarily. take a look at this. her owners found the cat frozen in a snowbank last week. this was in montana in 10-degree
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weather. they took her to the vet who tried to bring her temperature back up with warm water and warming blankets. eventually, they had to take her to an emergency vet where she started showing signs of recovery. as you can see, she's better now. fluffy used to be an outdoor cat. now she spends most of her time inside. >> she has learned her lesson. >> rethinking that one. >> yeah. i'm glad they didn't give up on fluffy. >> that's the stuff movies are made of. >> i'm trying not to be judgmental which is hard for me. how are you going to take picture of her with snow on her. you'll be busy taking the cat to the vet. >> they wanted the -- >> maybe you're staying out of the veterinarian's way, too. i don't know. >> that was crazy. >> it's freezing cold this morning too. but it's our last one at least until possibly monday morning. here's a look at what's going on from the least bay hills.
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a clear sky. but that will change. we'll have partly cloudy conditions as our system draws near. cooler than average again, now that system will first feel it with an isolated chance or shower possible in the north bay tonight while the rest of us see increasing cloulds ads and that blanket effect. very few days without extended rain in my forecast. lakeport at 48. ukiah and livermore at 52 along with richmond and san francisco and san rafael. the warm spot will be san jose at 57 degrees. you can see the green up around santa rosa tonight. notice towards lake county, some of your mountains, a dubsing of snow overnight. the heaviest of the rain behind me offshore. temperatures tonight in the upper 30s to mid0s. here we are at 4:00 in the morning. scattered showers in the north bay all the way down 101 through san francisco. all the way to half moon bay. as we head through the morning commute, just about everybody is going to have light to moderate
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rain. there could be ponding on the roadways, especially in the north bay. the richmond-san rafael bridge and the bay bridge and the golden gate bridge. less likely wet commute in the south bay. you'll get yours by noon. a lot of yellow and orange out there. the potential for ponding if you're headed out during the lunch-hour. as we get on to the backside of the system, scattered showers and potential for thunderstorms as we head into the afternoon and evening hours. as we head into 8:30 to 11:00, the shower chances dwindle a bit. the rainfall potential, not much during the morning commute but enough to make things slick. my seven-day forecast. snow level at 2,000 feet on sunday. >> thank you, mike. [ no audio ] >> i think you can hear me now. we're off to a great start this
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morning. one issue slowing you down. it's out of the ordinary. 880 before 16th avenue in oakland, still a solo vehicle collision blocking the two left lanes. traffic a parking lot for two miles behind that. if you're not in a big rig, i suggest taking 580 for an alternate. that's going to work out better for you. we heard about a disabled semi blocking lane 4 at the bay bridge toll plaza. then it sounds like a caller said that vehicle made it off to the shoulder. working to confirm that. carpool lanes are open. i did just check. we haven't gotten official word for the metering lights yet. that is ramping up. if they're not on yet, they will be soon. quick check of drive times. southbound 680 walnut creek to dublin, in the green at 13 minutes. santa rosa to san francisco in the green at 51. highway 1 to los gatos, in the green at 23 minutes. alexis, thank you. the warriors crushed the spurs by 39 last night. but the story after the game was all about kevin durant. >> he had gone nine days bout
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speaking to the local media. he was angry over rumors and stories written about him leaving for the knicks this summer. >> i come here every day asking about free agency, my teammates, my coaches, rile up the fans about it. let us play basketball. grow up. >> i just don't trust the media. try to take me down with my words that i say. so when i don't say nothing, it's a problem. i just want to play ball. i want to go to the gym and go home. that's all. is that a problem? >> all right then. >> he's not having it. >> not playing around. the warriors will be back in action tomorrow night in phoenix. next, the seven things you need to know as you start your day. she's nominated for two awards but ariana grande is not going to the grammys. what led her to tropp out. the
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5:23. if you're just joining us or headed out the door, here are the seven things to know. number one, pg&e crews remain on the scene in san francisco after a gas line explosion sent people running for their lives on geary boulevard yesterday. five buildings were burned. amazingly, no one was hurt. number 2, approximately 100 people living within a one-block radius of the explosion were initially force today evacuate. late last night a mandatory evacuation order only applied to those who had homes or businesses directly impacted by the fire and the firefight. farce this morning's commute is concerned, it's impacting muni. 38, 38r rerouted inbound and outbound. inbound using second. balboa, turk, masonic, geary. outbound using presid owe, geary as well. it's the liquid stuffy want to get you ready for. a cold core system comes in tomorrow and again sunday with a chance of thunderstorms. heaviest rain friday. breezy conditions sunday.
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look at those snow levels. 4,000 dropping to 2,000. 5, the oakland unified school district superintendent is proposing nearly $22 million in cuts to keep the district out of the hole, and this as teachers strike continues to loom. there will be a vote on the proposal next week. number 6, twitter announced this morning a 24% jump in revenue. the san francisco company has posted five straight quarters of profits after years of losses. the company says it's still using users. number 7, gucci has pulled this black wool sweater from stores after complaints it resembles black face. in a statement, the company apologized and is committed to diversity and considers it a fundamental value to be upheld in the decisions it makes. one of the biggest pop stars right now will not be at the grammys. more bad news. ariana grande dropped out about a disagreement about which songs
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she should perform. the 25-year-old singer wanted to perform her latest single seven rings. the producers tried to say she could perform it as part of a medley. the producers banted to pick the second song. she decided not to perform or go to the awards show at all, even though she is nominated. according to a source, grande bass upset because others didn't have to follow the same stipulations. >> that's a shame. it would have been nice to see her perform. >> she's a big draw. their loss. coming back with a full 90 minutes of news including a major road improvement in the bay area that gas tax is now funding. we have continuing coverage of the san francisco gas explosion. pg&e explains why it took two hours to shut off the gas. as we head to commercial break, a
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a gas line explosion. those massive flames sent people running for their lives. a live look at the area. crews have stayed on the scene overnight and still working as we speak. >> we went to black, too. maybe that's appropriate. good morning everyone. it is thursday, january 27th -- there we are. >> you're never more than seven minutes -- meteorologist mike nicco is here. >> hi guys, we were reflecting what it looks like. it's dark out there. >> traffic out there. >> there it is. live doppler 7, which is all quiet this morning. it won't be that way this time tomorrow moing. jos 87 sthfneta san jose inter.
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we have a few high clouds but look at the temperatures, 30 to 36 around the bay and inland neighborhoods. get whatever you use to scrape frost off your windshield, cd case, credit card, miniature ice scrape every. low to mid-50s at noon. we'll be below afrm in the low to mid-50s at 4:00 and still quiet at 7:00. let's get back to alexis. >> good morning, mike. overall, looking pretty good this morning. getting busy at the bay bridge toll plaza where we had a disabled semi reported that was blocking one lane that cleared to the shoulder. when i walked up here a moment ago, we hadn't gotten official word that the metering lights were on. the only other slow spot is in oakland, northbound 880 before 16th avenue. still have the two left lanes blocked due to a crash. does sound like they're getting a tow truck on scene. that hasn't happened yet. we're looking at lengthy delays. that continues to grow at least
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two miles at this point. if you're not in a big rig, you can use 580 instead. we'll look at drive times in a few minutes. flames shooting up into the air for several hours. >> these images are stunning. the fact that one was seriously hurt is miraculous. this morning, the scramble to get power and gas back on for hundreds of rattled residents in san francisco's inner richmond continues. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield is there for us this morning. hi, amy. >> reporter: hi, jessica. workers are still here behind me. this intersection is closed. although, inbound geary is open. if you're headed toward the downtown san francisco, you can get through here. it's outbound geary at parker that is closed and parker, you cannot drive through this intersection. avoid the area this morning if you can. or expect delays.y think
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they're going to be out here. we have a few calls into them and haven't heard back. here is video of yesterday afternoon's fire. it started just after 1:00. it damaged five buildings here in san francisco, residential and commercial. no one was killed or hurt. the fire chief says more than 100 firefighters were out here fighting this one. it burned for more than two hours as they waited for pg&e to cap the gas line. >> on scene. it's complicated. there's a lot of piping under the streets and so forth. they're doing their best. >> reporter: the fire started when construction crews who were working underground on fiberoptics lines, they hit a gas line and then that gas spewed for a couple of hours. pg&e, though, still out here working on the situation. muni has rerouted the 38 bus line. they do expect delays on muni. also, expect delays if you're driving through this area. again, you can get through geary into downtown. reporting live in san francisco,
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amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. amy, thank you. understandably, there were many questions for pg&e during the fire. >> spokesman blair jones explains why it took more than two hours to shut off the kbas gas. >> this is a complex situation beneath us. there's a complex web of utilities. multiple gas lines ranging from 2 inches to 12 inches. you also have water and fiberoptics and electric. it's not as simple as digging right in and isolating a valve or pinching a gas line. you have to go slow. that's for several lines. state law requires us, if we knw there's a gas line within 24 inches beneath the surface, we have to hand dig. you can imagine trying to hand dig into asphalt. it takes time. we need today go slow and put together a plan first. then slowly methodically hand dig to get to points where we could shut off valves or pinch lines to shut off service. i mentioned it's very cold right now. if we do this wrong and shut off
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gas to potentially hundreds or thousands of more people in san francisco. >> officials haven't determined exactly how many people have been displaced. when the fire ignited, fire officials went door to door evacuating neighbors. the rough estimate was 100 people. those living within a one-block radius were initially forced to evacuate. late last night a mandatory evacuation order only applied to the homes and businesses directly impacted by the fire and the firefight. five buildings were damaged and many are still without electricity or gas. >> i don't think they're going to let anybody in. i tried earlier. but they said no. so i just got my dog. i'm taking my stuff and going instead of waiting. >> pg&e says crews are working around the clock to restore service. this could impact commuters this morning. let's go to alexis smith looking at the problem areas. >> we just got the update from amy. inbound geary is back open. folks trying to get into the
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downtown san francisco area are able to use geary. probably slower than average. outbound is closed. parker closed as well. this is impacting muni this morning. 38, 38r is rerouted boint bound and outbound. inbound using 2nd, balboa, turk, masonic and geary. outbound using presidio, geary and as soon as we get an update from muni, i will pass that along. back to you guys. we use the news app to accepted out this push alert when the fire started burning. you can download the app to be the first to know when news breaks and customize alerts to your neighborhood so you know the news where you live. >> to the east bay, with a teachers strike looming, the oakland unified superintendent is proposing multimillion dollar cuts to keep the district afloat. details were unveiled at the school board meeting.
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cuts to school counselor positions, central office administration and the restorative justice program. that did not go over well with students in the room. >> we should not have to suffer because of your inability to manage money. >> here's the challenge. we want to be able to pay our staff more competitively. but we cannot maintain the same number of employees and pay them more when there aren't new resources coming in and enrollment trend is going down. >> the oakland education association says it is against cuts and parts of this new budget proposal have become issues bringing them a step closer to the picket line. >> scheduled to vote on the proposal next week. >> a 17-year-old boy is recovering from injuries after he was shot in the leg while walking his dog. menlo park police say it happened tuesday night near the corner of east o'keefe street and men alto avenue. so far, investigators haven't identified a suspect. anyone with information is asked to call menlo park police.
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new clues could help san francisco police solve murders committed in the '70s. investigators released this age progression sketch of a murder suspect nicknamed the doodler, named so because he would draw pictures of his victims before killing them. a sketch artist made the new image on the right based on a sketch produced in 1975. you're about to hear an emergency call made in 1974 after someone found one of the doodler's victims at ocean beach. >> might be a dead person. i think. right across from -- street. >> $100,000 reward is being offered for clues in this cold case. so here's another look at the sketch from the '70s. the doodler targeted gay men and police believe he killed at least five people. let's take a look at what's going on with your neighborhood temperatures. who is not freezing in the north bay? guerneville is close at 33. same thing at napa.
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novato, mill valley and tiburon in the mid to upper 30s. bodega bay at 34. more than likely frost waiting for you outside. lafayette, 32. san ramon 30. not quite in brentwood and tracy. 34 and 35. 39 el sobrante. frosty around redwood city at 32. 35 in newark and about 37 in san jose. here's a look at the golden gate bridge. i chose it because this time tomorrow, more than likely it's going to be wet. but it's dry. we'll use that as a backdrop to talk about how you have frost to contend with on your car, that's it for today. mass transit, some of your stops will be frozen, at least the temperatures will be. this morning and on the bay, it will be dry today. east bay valley stuck in the 30s through 8:00. 45 at 10:00 and then 51 to 53 from noon to 4:00. back down into the mid-40s. some of the kids have outdoor activities during the evening hours this time of year, make
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sure you take that blanket to sit on or an extra coat. we've got 40 at 8:00. 48 at 10:00. low to mid-50s from noon to 6:00. 48 at 8:00. our last stop will be in the south bay. we're stuck in the 30s with scattered frost through 8:00. 46 at 10:00. look at that. 52 to 54 degrees. not bad. one of our warmer spots today. down to 46 at 8:00. this time tomorrow, we'll be tracking more rain in the forecast as the stormy weekend unfolds. that's coming up. first want to turn it over to alexis and check on the commute. >> doing okay overall. focusing on a couple of slow spots today and the bay bridge toll plaza is one of those. we hadn't gotten official word about the metering lights. as soon as i said that, they let us know they were on. 5:30 the official time today. along fine. not so much if you're using cash or fastrak. we've had a long-term situation in oakland. this has been here, i'd say,
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probably over an hour at this point. we started to track this as soon as we went on the air. northbound 880 just before 16th. we had a solo vehicle crash at one point blocking all lanes. the two left lanes, i'm seeing it cleared from the board. hopefully, that means it's cleared from the roadway as well. you're definitely heavy. 21 miles an hour, 10 miles an hour. that's slow for 2 1/2 miles. 580 is wide open for an alternate. westbound 580, you're in the yellow. antioch to concord or southbound 101, san rafael to san francisco. thank you, alexis. new this morning, california's gas tax increase will help fund a new package of improvements for highways across the state. cal trans has announced highway 1 in san mateo county is slated to get more than $15 million for about 21 miles of pavement maintenance. state transportation officials announced a $54.8 million in funds that will be used for 46 highway projects around california. sb 1 went into effect november of 2017 and raised gas taxes by
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21 cents a gallon and diesel taxes by 20 cents. a political crisis in virginia. the developments threatening to take down all three of the top
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let's see what the kids have to deal with today.
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look at the freezing cold temperatures. make sure you dress them in layers and bring the layers home. it will be dry all day today and cool at 3:00. low to mid-50s. here's a look around the state with the warmest weather. 60s in so cal. fresno, chico, 49. if you're going up to the sierra, we've got more pow pow, fresh powder. not sierra cement. fresh powder. get there today or tomorrow morning. by friday evening through monday, the snow is on. in fact, there you go. by 5:00 friday, already an inch developing and saturday we'll have up to a foot but it's sunday and monday when two to three feet of snow could fall. those are your heavier days. getting there, maybe easier than getting home. here's a quick look at temperatures in those single digits for lows at times and below freezing through at least monday. developing out of virginia this morning. another top democratic official
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confesses that he, too, wore black face in the past. the state's attorney general, mark herring, admitting to wearing black face in the 1980s. herring apologized saying he and friends dressed up putting on wigs and brown makeup. this administration after a racist photo surfaced involving governor ralph northam who is facing calls to resign. next in line is lieutenant governor justin fairfax who is denying allegations of sexual assault by political professor and stanford fellow, vanessa tyson. >> i'm shocked and incredibly disappointed. this has been an awful week for virginia. >> tyson is scheduled to appear at a symposium at stanford next week associated with the me too movement. new details on spacek's new raptor rocket engine. it showed the first firing of the rocket. the raptor will
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prototype star ship that will carry humans to mars. it seems to be a success. >> his tweet says the engine achieved the power necessary to propel the star ship and super heavy rockets. >> if you just hate getting out of your car to grab food on the go, opening dozens of new locations with a drive through. they have to order on the mobile app first. customers will get a designated pickup time so they never have to leave their car. so far the drive-through lanes have been added to ten locations in the u.s. the only down part about this, if you work at chipotle, you don't get to wear the headset. you're not actually talking to them. you're handing them the order you know they have. >> did you have a headset? >> you wore the headset? >> i have a memory of you talking about wearing the headset. >> wendy's. that was much better than the job i had at mcdonald's. >> what did you do there? >> it was called maintenance tech. i got to clean the bathrooms.
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yeah. >> okay. >> that's how you humble yourself. >> the headset jo glamorous. >> it did mess up the hair helmet. anyway. let take a look at what's going on weatherwise. that job was pretty -- >> #grimace. >> here we go from mt. tam. it's pretty clear this morning. yes, we're dealing with frost once again. this will be the last day until possibly monday morning. partly cloudy today, dry today and monday. that's it. wet conditions every other day in my accuweather seven-day forecast. 52 in livermore and richmond and san francisco. you can see green across the north bay. stray shower possible there. even snow in the higher elevations of lake county. they'll have temperatures in the upper 30s to 40s. here's a start to the storm. spinning, making quite a bit of headway from whe iwas stda where it was inhe gu o alaska.ncreeclou heading i
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hi peninsula tomorrow and stretching it out. the marin county coast and into the monterey bay. that's where we have a chance of thunderstorms. so with all the new data that came in overnight, i upped the storm impact scale to 2 especially for the minor ponding on the roadway that the thunderstorms will create. snow level tomorrow, 4,000 feet. most of us miss out on it. during the morning commute, just about everybody but the south bay is going to get wet. right after the morning commute, more moderate to heavy showers. notice the coverage starts to drop as we head towards 5:00. also, notice the snow level coming down low enough that more of the north bay could get a dusting. and then by the evening hours, make sure you take an umbrella because we will have scattered downpours and a better chance of thunderstorms with small hail during the evening hours. my accuweather seven-day forecast. it's a 2 tomorrow, moderate. saturday. scattered lighter showers. low to mid-50s. a wintry mix sunday.
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it drops the snow level down to 2,000 feet. i hope it's a repeat of tuesday morning. monday is dry achnd tuesday, wednesday more storms. officially get the all clear here from chp on this collision in the east bay. northbound 880 before 16th avenue, finally have the lanes back open. traffic should be recovering fairly soon here. using our distance measuring tool, about two miles of residual delay. if you're just about to grab the keys and head out the door, may want to stick to 580 if you're not leaving for a few more minutes. i think this will thin out in the next 10 to 15. drive times looking good here. westbound 80. highway 4 to the maze. in the green about lic 11-minute drive. metering lights on as of 5:30. southbound 101, san francisco to sfo, in the green at nine minutes. thanks, alexis. the nypd is demanding that
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google remove checkpoints from its waze app. they sent a cease and dee sis. drivers who post locations of police could be seen as impeding law enforcement. informing drivers about speed traps makes the road a safer place they say. the big change coming for facebook employees. why bonuses are no longer tied to job performance. but first, insect experiment. the impressive skills bees apparently have that they put some people to shame. this frantic man chasing a there are moments in life that leave a lasting impression. like the feeling of movement as a new journey begins, or the sight of soft fur, warmed by the morning sun. you might remember new flavours, the sound of an old friend's laugh, or a view that defies all expectations. these are the memories that stay with you,
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we'll show you the rainfall potential out of tomorrow's storm. you can see anywhere from about a quarter of an inch to three quarters of an inch, higher amounts in the santa cruz mountains. now, the rain is going to come in during the morning commute. but the evening commute, that's probably going to be a little harder. thank you, mike. new video shows a commuter train in cleveland taking off with a baby inside while dad is outside on the plaltd form. you can see the father sets the carrier on a seat. he then went outside for a smoke. the doors closed an the train took off. that man inside hit the doors to get someone's attention. the father ran down the platform trying to stop the train. the operator eventually got a call about what happened and it returned back to the station. the father and the baby are back together this morning. lyft passengers can soon be environmental a friendly. the ride hailing company will allow passengers to request
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rides on an electric or hybrid vehicle. it will expenve than a traditional revehicle. it will launch in seattle. taking a look a a motorcycln on westbound 80. this is just before you get to central avenue in the he wieheeo area. it sounds like a couple vehicles stopped behind this collision to protect the rider on the ground. emergency crews are headed there now. not there yet. should have more information. going by calls into chp at the moment. here's san jose. you've been nice and quiet in the south bay. 101 and 880. the inbound traffic coming towards us. no significant issues. let's check in with meteorologist, mike nicco. >> thank you very much, alexis. i want to go over my storm concerns for weekend. hydroplaning will be a big one. especially tomorrow with the bursts from the isolated thunderstorms, the downpours that will come with that.
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that will create flooding on the roads. locally corks have winds. the winds will pick up. it will be faster with sunday's storm. more likely sunday and monday, we could have downed trees. small stream flooding pretty low. snow on the roads is a definite for sunday night into monday. by the time we get to sunday, .75 inches or half an inch possible. thank you, mike. new this morning, if you aren't good at math, you may feel worse after this story. a new study shows that honeybees can do basic arithmetic. researchers used mazes and colors to test their addition and subtraction skills. they were right about 2/3 of the time. which is better than chance. it could be useful for developing artificial intelligence. previous studies have shown primates, birds and spiders can do basic math. >> but i can't. happening today, a meeting is set to get under way to talk about a futuristic vessel as a
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possible solution. >> it skims the water's surface reaching places faster than traditional ferries. the head of the bay area council will ask them to consider studying the idea. >> we've looked at some of this technology. we think that this craft could bring water transit service to parts of the bay area that we couldn't reach otherwise without a lot of expense. >> today's meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. at pier 1. does look wet. >> looks a little wet. i'm assuming for passengers, it would be designed differently. >> maybe they'll provide ponchos. >> would be good. the debate over bert and ernie. what an executive is revealing about their relationship. coming up, the aftermath of the massive gas line explosion in san francisco. hear the frantic first few minutes from dispatchers. >> plus, a witness describes what he saw from inside the hong kong lounge when the fire ignited outside. we leave you with a live look outside right
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just look at that. now at 6:00, the dramaticay.let now. you can see 17 hours later, crews are still there. they worked through the night trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. good morning to you. it is thursday, february 7th. there is good news and progress they're making this morning to get people back to normal. we'll talk about it in a second. right now, we're going to meteorologist mike nicco and a look at our forecast. >> thank you very much, guys. coming up on 6:00. here's what i'm tracking. this is tomorrow's storm. but out ahead of it, an increase in clouds today. now we'll keep temperatures below average. that's for the afternoon hours. for the morning, most of us that had frost yesterday are dealing with it again today. it's not as thick as it was yesterday. look at the temperatures at 7:00. bay and inland, inland 31. bay 35. coast 41. now, with those clouds, we'll
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stay below average with a winter chill. low to mid-50s from noon to 4:00. grab the7:. it will still be dry but mid to upper 40s. want to bring alexis in. it's time to talk about the commute. good morning, mike. our biggest issue is the new crash involving a motorcycle just getting a few more details in from chp. three vehicles total involved here. this is in the el cerrito area. westbound 80 before you get to central avenue. the three left lanes are blocked. not sure about injuries yet. this is definitely start to go cause a backup. we'll look at the drive time. westbound 580 the highway to the maze at 41 minutes. i expect that to climb. westbound 80 across the bay bridge at 12. southbound 101, san francisco to sfo, you're still in the green at nine minutes. developing news in san francisco. in a live look at geary boulevard and parker


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