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warning and heat and wind advisories. mike is tracking the high fire danger and these summer-like temperatures. a lot of people think we're shut down. it's not good. pg&e is not helping. >> lights off. pg&e has cut the power to thousands because of the high fire danger. we'll tell you about the resources available if you're in the dark this morning. and a brand-new interview with dr. fauci this morning. his warning about the pandemic as we head into winter. it's thursday, october 15th. >> a lot to cover including the high fire danger and hot temperatures across the bay area. i want to check in with meteorologist mike nicco. >> yeah. definitely want to seek air conditioning if you can. you guys in the studio there, some of you don't have air conditioning, maybe stay at work longer today. i'm here, just to give you a reference where i am, air conditioner is now. wind advisory for the north bay
until 11:00 this morning. it's been a noisy evening because of the trees rustling. high fire danger continues until 11:00 tomorrow. moderate risk of heat illness starts at 11:00 today through:00 tomorrow. tonight will be warmer than this morning. temperatures 90s everywhere except for the coast. >> thank you. extreme fire conditions forced pg&e to cut the power to thousands of people across the bay area. they could be in the dark for the next two days. jobina fortson is at the live desk with more this morning. >> good morning. pg&e is hoping to prevent fires from sparking from damaged power lines or power lines knocked down by high winds. the utility's website shows who is affected right now. here's a look at that map. more than 50,000 northern california customers are impacted. in the bay area, about 22,000
pg&e customers are expected to lose power in seven counties. the cruelyou'l utility hopes to power by friday. pg&e is stressing this power shutoff is shorter than last years when some customers were in the dark for almost a week. the outages are having a big impact on people all across the bay area. abc7 news reporter anser hassan is live in walnut creek with more on that. >> good morning. -we walnut creek had power shutoff last night. no street lights, no homes with lights on. the light you see is from our news van. pg&e has been informing residents since monday that power may be shutoff. this affects 6,000 customers in walnut creek, danville, oakland. this is happening in the middle of a pandemic.
many people are working from home. students doing remote learning. pg&e opened 40 community resource centers. these are places people can go to if they don't have electricity. the centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. over the next two days. that will help residents, but two days without power has many small businesses concerned. >> first of all, business is not good. if they shut off power, we have to shut the store down. nobody will be here eating at my restaurant, which will affect my incom income. >> customers have been told that power could be off until friday at 10:00 p.m. pg&e said crews will be out friday morning to inspect power lines. if all goes well, they will turn the power on as quickly as possible. pg&e is asking customers who have electricity to conserve power over the next two days. anser hassan, abc7 news. >> thank you. in the north bay more than
9,000 customers in napa county lost electricity including the west side of calistoga. korlis myer is back home after a ten-day evacuation with the glass fire and now she's dealing with this. she's relying on the ice in her freezer to keep food from going bd. this shouldn't be the new norm. >> we understand why, it's just not sustainable. this is not a solution. this should be a temporary fix. >> i'm in my 70s, never went through anything like this in my life. you know, this last year has been really tough on everybody. >> we feel that. the outage in calistoga is expected to last until tomorrow night. if your power is out, there are four things you can do to make your phone battery last longer. you can find those tips in this article we posted on our home page, right now it's at abc7news.com. developing news, coronavirus
cases are surging across the country and there are fears of a second wave. california is one of only a handful of states where cases and hospitalizations are not increasing. here's abc news reporter elizabeth schulze. >> a troubling rise in coronavirus cases as the weather turns colder. cases surging in 35 states across the u.s., and hospitalizations climbing in 36 states. in wisconsin, a new field hospital opening for covid patients as hospitalizations hit an all-time high. >> we have to get this virus under control and help flatten the curve. >> reporter: as the president continues to down play the virus that cost more than 216,000 american lives, first lady melania trump revealing their son also tested positive. the first lady writing luckily he's a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms and has since tested negative. more than 100 children have reportedly died from the virus. nearly 700,000 have been
infected. pfizer expanding its vaccine trial to children as young as12. 16-year-old caitlin evans joining the trial in cincinnati. >> i'm hoping they can use whatever they get from me and that it helps them put out a vaccine as soon as possible. >> coronavirus cases are rising at an alarming rate across europe. several countries putting new lockdowns and curfews in place. elizabeth schulze, abc news, washington. the latest in the coronavirus, this morning the nation's top infectious disease expert says cases will continue to go up as we head into winter. jobina has the new details here. >> yes. dr. anthony fauci is on "gma" this morning with a grim outlook on winter. he says people need to stay home for the holidays to avoid another surge in cases. >> particularly when you have people coming in from out of town who may have been on airplanes, in airports, they just come into the house, if you have vulnerable people, the elderly or people with underlying conditions, you better consider whether you want
to do that now or forestall it. >> dr. fauci responded to the white house embracing a great barrington declaration that suggests people should be allowed allow ed to live their lives without restrictions to achieve herd immunity. >> if you let things rip, let the infection go, no masks, crowd, that is ridiculous. this idea that we have the power to protect the vulnerable is total nonsense, history has shown that that's not the case. >> you can watch that full interview with dr. fauci at 7:00 on "gma," right here after abc7 news. today we'll see the next step in the supreme court nomination process. the senate judiciary committee will meet to talk to amy coney barrett. judge barrett will not be appearing. in the last two days senators on
the committee questioned her and several times she was asked her thoughts on climate change. >> i will not express a view on a matter of public policy especially one that is political controversial because that's inconsistent with the judicial rule. >> later today a panel of law experts and advocates will testify for and against barrett's confirmation. the senate judiciary committee is expected to vote next week. you can watch the hearings live on our website, abc7news.com or the abc7 news app. soaring temperatures prompted a statewide flex alert from 3:00 this afternoon to 10:00 at night. you're asked to conserve energy by setting air conditioners to 78 degrees, turning off lights and avoid using major appliances. if there's too much strain on the power grid rolling blackouts could be ordered.
we want to check in with mike nicco who was telling us about the 90s that everyone will probably be seeing today. >> it's hard to believe we're living in 2020 and we have planned power outages, we may not have enough power to get through the day. just incredible. let's talk about why this is happening. at least weather-wise. gusts to 60 on mount mt. saint helena has gusts up to 51. relative humidity levels down in the teens. the critical fire conditions are there. they're extreme in all areas. the north bay mountains, the santa cruz mountains. by 6:00 this evening, that moves into the north bay. tonight a surge, maybe not quite as strong as this morning because the winds won't be quite as fast tonight, it will still be close. looking at very high as we head
through 11:00 tomorrow morning. watch the winds taper and the fire danger finally subside. up in the north bay, we're cooler than yesterday. look at the east bay and the south bay, almost double digits warmer. 59 in menlo park. 55 in redwood city, 70s in daly city and pacifica. you're not used to that. look at these temperatures all over the place. 50s to 70s. there's a sprinkling of record warm low temperatures right there. so your activity planner, caution for everything. if you don't have air conditioning, it will get uncomfortable inside. if you're remote learning you might not let the kids go outside where it's hot. hot pavement when the sun is up, take care of your pets if you're going to take them out for a walk. we'll talk about the weekend cooling trend coming up. here is jobina with the morning commute. good morning. >> good morning. thank you. i love to hear cooling trend. we need that. hi, everyone. we'll start with a live look outside.
seeing those conditions there on our roads beginning with the smidge. beginning to build up as people make their way westbound right now. the speeds are normal on both sides there. bringing in now our oakland camera at the 880 at coliseum area because i do want to let you know, again, if you're traveling north bbound on 880 between 23rd and 29th avenue, we have a slowdown there. around 18 miles per hour. road construction will wrap up around 6:00 a.m. happening today, b.a.r.t. will participate in the great california shakeout by triggering its early warning earthquake system. at 10:17 this morning b.a.r.t. will test the system and make sure it's working correctly. trains will slow to 27 miles per hour and then come to a brief stop. b.a.r.t. will also make a system-wide public announcement encouraging riders to be prepared for an earthquake. you can participate in the great california shakeout today. download the my shake app to
join a drill with the california emergency services. they'll trigger an emergency alert at 10:15 this morning it will give audio and visual warnings. the my shake app is free to download in the apple and google play stores. coming up, a new study looking into how risky it is to fly. and starting today, you can once again travel to hawaii and avoid that 14-day quarantine. the covid-19 testing program available at two bay area airports. and the nearly dozen parks that are c but i can't say i expected this. because it was easy. to fight these fires, we need funding - plain and simple. for this crisis, and for the next one.
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the rest of us in the 90s and still a lot of 80s away from the coast at 7:00 this evening. red flag warning for the same areas, not only us but into the northern sacramento valley there. this is why, we're under a flex alert. the coolest temperature is tahoe at 70. most of us at the 80s at the coast to 90s inland. >> thank you. today two bay area airports will kick off hawaii's safe travels program. people flying to the state have options to get tested for covid-19 before they go. jobina is at the live desk with more on this. >> travelers who test negative will be able to bypass hawaii's quarantine restrictions. this is the first time people have been able to avoid quarantine since the pandemic started. united airlines will start providing covid-19 at sfo today. there's a rapid test at the airport the day they fly or a drive-through option taken 48 hours to 72 hours in advance.
that's offered at united's maintenance center a short drive from sfo. today is also opening day for a second coronavirus testing facility at oakland international airport. it will be socieet up between terminals 1 and 2. the site will be open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily. hawaii is only accepting test results from approved partners which includes both of those airports. travelers who don't test before flying will still have to quarantine for 14 days once they get to hawaii. >> all right. thank you. in today's "gma" first look, a new study out this morning is hoping to answer a major question as we head into holiday travel season, how risky is flying? >> reporter: in this morning's "gma" first look, a landmark new study to determine how the air we breathe moves through a plane. the department of defense working with united airlines conducting 300 tests over six months. the mannequin reproducing breathing and coughing with and without a mask.
when the dummy we're a mask, the results were encouraging. here's how the tests work. the mannequin was equipped with an aerosol generator. technicians would have it breathe and cough with a mask on and off. they placed about 40 biodefense sensors in seats, galleys and in the jet bridge. >> they basically took a dummy and simulated that person coughing thousands of time. >> coming up at 7:00, we'll tell you what the scientists found and why it might change your opinion of air travel in the age of the coronavirus. i'm will reeve, abc news, new york. ten parks in the east bay are closed because of the red flag warning and dangerous fire conditions. the east bay regional parks district put up signs and closed gates. this is kennedy grove in the orinda area.
oth the parks are scheduled to reopen tomorrow morning at 11:00. i know, mike, you're looking at everything that we are trying to do to stay on top of this from the flex alerts, but it's so important. >> and it's october 15th and this is happening. the good news is i don't see another one happening in the next two weeks. fingers crossed this may be the last one of the season. maybe. let's look at the east bay hills camera. 72 up in the hills now. moderate risk of heat illness for about all of us through friday. critical fire conditions through the same period. not as hot. we have to wait until early next week. here's the area of high pressure getting ready to settle over the great basin and increase temperatures today and tomorrow. expect to add a couple more degrees on to the highs tomorrow.
where you see an asterisk that sets or ties a record at 95 in san jose. nearly 10 in gilroy. 91 to 95 today in redwood city. record high 95. low to mid 80s along the coast. 90s in downtown south san francisco. sausalito, 86. 94 to 99 through the north bay valleys. 92 in richmond a record. 93 in hayward a record. you have to get to about 95 in oakland today. concord and livermore, 98 degrees. record high temperatures. tonight 60s for most us. there will be plenty of 70s if you're not in the deepest valleys or near a body of water. it will be warmer and less comfortable tonight. that's going to push our temperatures up the scale a couple more degrees tomorrow. we'll drop about 10 degrees saturday. about another 4 to 6 degrees sunday. temperatures closer to average next week, but as long as we have 80s in the forecast, that's still warmer than average.
julian? >> wow. 100 there in october. thank you. san jose city leaders are talking wildfire safety with scientists. they joined together last night for a wildfire safety in the time of climate change virtual town hall. san jose's fire chief said he noticed a change in wildfire behavior over the summer that's likely linked to hotter weather. >> firefighters were responding to multiple fires in the day from 9:00 in the morning until late into the night hours. so a difficult, difficult season overall. >> certainly has been. local climate scientists who track the severity of wildfires say 2020 was off the charts with fires so huge they were not expected later this century. researchers blame both climate change and poor forrest management. >> it's hard to hear that. coming up next, the 7 things to know this morning. starbucks vowing to increase diversity. the plan at the corporate level and inside of its stores.
it is 5:22. here's the 7 things to know this morning. number one, people in the dark. this morning more than 50,000 pg&e customers without power in 24 california counties including the bay area because of critical wildfire weather. more than 6,000 customers in the east bay including in walnut creek, danville, dublin and oakland are feeling the impact. number two, in the north bay more than,09,000 customers in na county are expected to be without power until tomorrow night. some people are relying on the ice in their freezer to keep food from going bad. numerous advisories and warnings out there. this is the one that touches the most people, that is the heat advisory. risk of heat illness everywhere today and tomorrow. number four, joe biden and president trump will hold competing town halls tonight, this comes after the second presidential debate was canceled after president trump tested
positive for coronavirus. you can watch biden's town hall live at 5:00 here on abc7. number five, hawaii's safe travels program starts today at sfo and oakland international airport. travelers can get tested for covid-19. anyone testing negative won't have to quarantine when they get to hawaii. number six, no major crashes on the bay area freeways. a live look showing you 680 in walnut creek. we just have roadwork going on, but everything is moving nicely beyond that. number seven, the search is on for this lemur missing from the san francisco zoo. zookeepers noticed 21-year-old mackey was gone yesterday and coming up in the next half hour we'll explain why officials think someone stole him. dozens of wells fargo employees are out of a job. a person familiar with the situation confirming with abc7 news that nearly 125 employees
were fired. the bank believes the employees misrepresented themselves to get money from a fraud for small businesses. starbucks says it plans to increase diversity within its ranks by tying executive pay to inclusion initiatives. the coffee chain says it is aiming to increase diversity by 30% at the corporate level and 40% at stores by the year 2025. starbucks didn't say how executive pay might be affected. the company's also starting a mentorship program and mandating anti-bias training for executives. even if we can't go out and celebrate with others, you can still have halloween fun at home with your pet. millions of people are planning to dress up their dogs and cats. so, let's look at what the popular costumes are this year. 10% of pet owners will dress their furry friends up as pumpkins. other top choices for dogs include super heroes and this
hot dog. the see the superhero is cute. that hot dog, was it cute? i missed it. >> it was okay. here's the thing. that is cute. the pumpkin patch there. the adorable posed pictures with the dogs, you know your dog won't keep that costume on for longer than five seconds. >> that dog is posing. his feet are out. he's posing better than me. >> right? we're coming back with another full 90 minutes of news. including managing your time while working from home. there's a new tool that uses artificial intelligence to increase productivity. plus the update coming today on the state's efforts to support schools. and re-examining scott peterson's murder conviction. he was sentenced to death row almost 20 years ago now but he could be getting a new trial. close encouner with a mountain lion.
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now at 5:30, a headache for people trying to work and do school all from home. this map shows where thousands of people are in the dark right now in the bay area because of high fire danger. >> it's an extra struggle for those recently evacuated because of those wildfires. the community resource center pg&e set up for people in need. and the countdown to election day. this is a sign that greeted people at a recent rally. the recent polls that show where candidates stand in crucial swing states. >> good morning. it's thursday, october 15th. >> a lot going on weather-wise. we want to get to mike for a look at the forecast and so much
going on. >> yeah. we'll start with temperatures. that affects more of us. i'm watching record warm low temperatures in many neighborhoods. look at the mid and upper 70s in the east bay valleys. it's 70 in san jose right now. 64 in oakland. that's actually a record right there. 56 in santa rosa. 67 in san francisco. i got my list here. i think that's a record -- i had to write these down, there were so many of them. in san francisco, that's a record low, warm low temperature. that springboards us to a heat advisory starting at 11:00 today through 9:00 tomorrow evening. that's a moderate to a few local areas of high risk for heat illness, look at these 90s from san francisco to 98 in livermore and antioch. 80s along the coast, the water temperature is 56. >> thank you. extreme fire conditions have forced pg&e to cut power to
thousands of people in northern california. the utilities website shows us who is affected by the public safety power shutoffs. right now you can see those on the map there. in the bay area about 22,000 customers are expected to lose power in seven counties. the utility hopes to restore service by 10:00 p.m. friday. the goal is to prevent fires sparking from power lines damaged or knocked down by high winds. with thousands of people working from home and doing school from home, it's not easy dealing with these power outages. anser hassan is live in walnut creek with more. >> good morning. walnut creek had power shutoff last night. if you look down the street, no street lights, no homes with lights on. the light you see is from our news van. pg&e has been informing residents since monday that wow power would be shut off due to the threat of wildfires. in the east bay this will affect
over 6,000 customers, mostly in the cities of walnut creek, danville, oakland. as you mentioned, this is happening in the middle of a pandemic. many people are working from home. students doing distanced learning. pg&e opened 40 community resource centers. people can go there if they don't have electricity. those centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. over the next two days. pg&e says this power shutoff will affect less than 1% of their 5.4 million customers. they claim that improvements to the psps program and infrastructure over the past year means fewer residents will lose power. >> we're trying to make them shorter events and smaller events. so we're really targeting areas trying to make it pockets and targeted zones rather than larger areas. >> customers have been told that power could be off until friday at 10:00 p.m.
pg&e says crews will be out friday morning to inspect power lines. if all goes well, they will turn the power on as quickly as possible. those of you who still have power, pg&e is asking you to conserve power over the next two days. anser hassan, abc7 news. >> thank you. in the south bay more than 7,000 customers are under the psps, many living in the santa cruz mountains say they're ready for a few days without power. george says many of his neighbors already have generators but adds he is worried for those who don't have them. people still struggling to navigate the aftermath of the ccu lightning complex fire. >> a lot of these people up here are living on social security. they don't have a lot of money. then they lost their house or it's been badly damaged. they can't live here at all or are just living by the skin of their teeth. >> 2020 has been so relentless for so many people. pg&e has set up a community
resource center with restrooms, hand washing and charging stations, wifi and more. if you want an update on the power situation at your home, we have a helpful tool where all you have to do is plug in your address. you can find it on our website, abc7news.com. in the race for the white house, president trump and joe biden will hold separate town halls tonight at the exact same time. meanwhile a surprising new poll shows that biden is leading in a crucial swing state. elizabeth schulze has the latest. >> reporter: in iowa, this billboard greeted the president's supporters heading to his rally last night. the super spreader sign paid for by an anti-trump political group pointing towards the airport. >> if you can wear the hat, i can wear the hat. >> reporter: where president trump spoke to a crowd of thousands. >> get the hell out to vote because if i don't get iowa, i won't believe that one. i may never have to come back here again. >> reporter: polls show a dead
heat, a state he won in 2016 by ten points. >> first time i'm voting early, but i didn't want to leave to it chance. >> reporter: this morning, voter enthusiasm is smashing records across the country with early voting under way in nearly every state. in georgia where one new poll claims biden is now leading trump by seven points, election officials are adding voting machines at some locations to help ease long lines. >> georgia voters are excited and setting records every hour and this is all during a pandemic, lest we forget. >> reporter: and now the biden campaign revealing it raised $383 million in september, a record breaking one-month sum. >> i just want to thank you, thank you, thank you for all you've done for me. >> reporter: later today trump and biden will take questions from voters in dueling prime-time tv events. a debate initially scheduled for tonight was canceled after the president's covid-19 diagnosis and his refusal to take part in a virtual debate, so nbc wednesday announced a town hall with the president tonight at the same time as abc's previously scheduled town hall
with joe biden. >> are you as mad as everybody else is that nbc is doing a town hall with president trump tomorrow instead of the debate at the same time that vice president biden is going to be on abc? >> i'm not touching that. >> reporter: elizabeth schulze, abc news, washington. today abc news is hosting a town hall with democratic presidential nominee joe biden. you can watch it live tonight at 5:00 p.m. right here on abc7. it will also be available on our connected tv app. you can download that for free on roku, amazon fire tv, android tv and apple tv. coming up, improving productivity. the new tool that uses artificial intelligence to help you get more done. and the search for this missing animal right here. why san francisco zoo officials think it's likely someone stole their 21-year-old lemur. first we want to check back in with mike nicco who is tracking temperatures, these record low highs?
or high lows? >> yes. or just throw warm in there. record warm low temperatures. that hopefully makes it easier to understand. that's due to the winds and they're still dangerous up across the north bay until 11:00 this morning we could get gusts around 50 miles per hour, which we've seen in saint helena already. diablo is around 60. dangerous winds are out there. here's the wind forecast. they will come a little bit as we head into the afternoon. right up until sunset. we get that secondary burst of winds coming in tonight in the same areas creating those high fire danger conditions through tomorrow morning. as we head towards 5:00 friday evening they taper. with all this in mind, we have the red flag warning everywhere but the coast, san francisco, the bay shore and the south bay. it's the north valleys,
mountains, east bay hills, valleys, diablo range and the santa cruz mountains. in san jose, a record warm low temperature. you have 59 in alum rock, a couple miles away. talk about your microclimates. from the 50s, 60s, 70s, to even some 80s in the mountains. let's talk about the commute. it's all about trying not to stay hot because it's going to be hot everywhere today. be careful. if you have to stand outside, find some shade, it feels 10 to 15 degrees warmer if you're in the direct sunlight. let's talk about the morning commute from a different perspective. what are you seeing there, jobina? >> it's a lot better than the weather. good morning. we'll start with a graphic here. i'll mention this through monday. we have an update from ac transit, fare collection and front door boarding will resume on monday. this stopped during the pandemic, hand sanitizer stations and protective shields
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lake tahoe all the way through tomorrow. here's why you have a flex alert today. 80s and 90s just about everywhere. only eureka and tahoe in the 70s. more record temperatures coming up in the forecast. firefighters in southern california are battling a brush fire that is threatening homes near redlands. by 11:00 last night the fire had grown to 30 acres. the san bernardino county fire department says this has the potential to get to 300. homes that were under threat by the fire, they were being evacuated but it's not clear at this point how many homes were affected. the california supreme court has ordered a re-examination of scott peterson's murder convictions. he was sentenced to death row for murdering his wife laci and their unborn son in 2002. now a trial judge said a juror
failed to disclose she was the victim of a crime. san mateo county superior court will decide whether to grant peterson a new trial. happening today, state superintendent tony thurmond will give an update on the ongoing efforts to support schools. most bay area public schools are in their second month of distance learning. thurmond's virtual press conference begins at 9:30 this morning. let's talk and be honest, how well are you managing your time working from home? do you find yourself taking a break to get up and raid the refrigerator or are you killing a whole bunch of time between meetings? a calendar analyzer that uses artificial intelligence has the ability to make us more productive. it's a part of the changing workplace as we are better bay area. >> reporter: juggling meetings and finding private time to focus on projects have never been tougher. co-workers are working from home. some are working from other states and countries.
now there's help, a platform called clockwise. >> what clockwise will do is automatically is look for the best time for that event on your calendar and atent attendees by a series of algorithms. >> reporter: the san francisco based company is trying to address the research, 41% of our workday is wasted time spent on email, collaboration tools and dead time between meetings. the result is a loss of productivity. >> we always have canceled meetings, nowhere to fit it. no good time to find that one on one. a lot of that isn't happening now. >> reporter: jeff gibson is an engineering manager at a global software company that started using clockwise three months ago. what he likes best is how it rearranges his calendar so there are blocks of time he dubs focus time to tackle complex problems. >> as engineers it is difficult to focus on a problem. they need hours of uninterrupted time. >> reporter: some people see it as snooping. you can opt out.
however for employees dealing with work from home child care duties and unexpected issues, the platform can be a help. >> clockwise will move meetings that might be in conflict with the child care block to other times that work. that makes it really simple. >> reporter: another company using clockwise found that its employees gained 1.5 hours of additional time for meetings per week, an increase of 12%. david louie, abc 7 news. >> research by clockwise before the pandemic showed the average worker spends one hour and five minutes reading news sites and 44 minutes engaged in social media. i hope it can tell the difference between the meetings you want to have and the ones you don't? oh, i'm busy. i can't fit that in. >> julian? >> i'm being honest. >> i'm with you on that one. that story confused me. it said meetings are productive but answering emails in slack is
not productive? so -- so communicating via electronics not productive, communicating face-to-face in meetings or zoom productive? >> i don't know. >> let's take that one to the boss and see how far we get? >> if we didn't have email or, you know, slack, a lot of us couldn't communicate from work. i have issues with that. i'll keep them to myself. here's the east bay hills, here's the opinion you want to see from me, that's the weather. moderate risk of heat illness, a few pockets of high risk in places that will be near 100 like the north bay, east bay and south bay. critical fire conditions through friday. next week not looking quite as cool as it did yesterday, but it won't be as hot as today. look at that budlging area of high pressure. this is what it's doing, putting
us in record territory. more of us today than yesterday. find the asterisk, that's tying a record setting high temperature. 93 in milpitas. 95 in san jose. 91 to 95 on the peninsula. that's after some people only in the 60s and some 70s this morning for lows. you didn't cool off last night. low to mid 80s along the coast to near 90 in downtown. south san francisco, sausalito, 86. a lot of mid 80s. mid 90s to upper 90s, 94 to 98 through the north bay valleys. 91 to 93 along the east bay shore. some of the most dangerous temperatures, 97 to 100 in the east bay valleys. tonight is likely even warmer than this morning. 60s widespread and 70s and even 80s up in the hills. another uncomfortable night of sleeping unless you have air conditioning. now, friday night into saturday we'll start to feel cooling especially along the coast where the sea breeze kicks in.
we'll get rid of the 100s saturday, the 90s sunday, staying in the 60s, 70s, 80s next week. that's your accuweather seven-day forecast. julian? >> there's a long road to recovery ahead in the north bay. the glass fire destroyed more than 1,500 structures. many of them were wineries. >> reporter: now that the smoke has cleared, we're getting a better look at the damage left behind in the napa valley by the glass fire. we started in calistoga and costello's. while the castle survived, the winery lost a critical storage building that housed thousands of bottles of wine. calistoga ranch completely destroyed. this time we got to see the destruction of the lake house, another complete loss. down the road, scorched earth and damage around the kelly fleming winery.
the stone winery, vines and 2022020 wines were spared. at hour glass winery, significant damage to the wines but many buildings survived. dutch henry winery devastated by the blaze. in saint helena, honeycutt wine suffered significant damage to buildings, but next door the buildings survived but the vines were severely burned. down the road, the main building of chateau boswell winery completely destroyed. >> wineries are a key part of the tourism industry in napa and sonoma. between the fire damage and the pandemic the true economic impact remains to be seen. many parents are wondering is it safe to sing your child back to day care during this pandemic? children in day care programs present little risk of transmitting covid-19 as long as sanitary guidelines are in place. this includes hand washing, small group sizes and staff
wearing face coverings. researchers looked at more than 57,000 child care providers nationwide, they say even exposure to child care during the early months of the pandemic was not associated with an elevated risk for covid-19 transmissions to providers. new at 6:00, one activity many of us have been doing more of during the pandemic. >> first up, the missing lemur that everyone is talking about. why the san francisco zoo does not think the endangered animal got out on its own. and another awards show in the covid-19 era. the big moment
look at the winds start to shift saturday, starting to come ashore a bit. down to the 70s along the coast in san francisco, 80s becoming more dominant around the bay. still plenty of 90s inland for saturday. sunday, even marine layer clouds start to show up as that southerly surge moves in. 60s along the coast and san francisco. 70s and 80s around the bay. mostly 80s inland. there's a slight chance of a few 90s holding on in the east bay. by the time we get to monday, all of us are in the 60s, 70s and 80s. >> kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, >> what is wrong with people? >> i don't know? a man in pacifica had this close encounter with a mountain lion. he said he spotted the cat on the side of the trail in san pedro valley park. the cougar calmly was laying in the bushes there. look at it. the man says he kept eye contact with the cat until he was out of
range. even though we clearly heard him say kitty, kitty, kitty, and then he warned others who were approaching. this is what happens when you try to do it for the gram. >> don't you feel like you're trying the cat? >> yeah. >> i wouldn't want to say anything. bye now. >> we know the zoom on the iphones are not that good. too close! >> that cat looks like take one more step. >> exactly. since we're talking about is on for a missing lemur from the san francisco zoo. >> we found evidence of forced entry, meaning there was damage to the enclosure. >> so this is 21-year-old mackey. the san francisco zoo realized he was missing wednesday morning after they saw him tuesday night. the zoo says he's older and slower than the other primates which officials think may have been why somebody was able to catch him. >> incredibly rare animals,
endangered, they're not easy to take care of. >> we're reaching out to the public again to help us bring him back to the zoo. >> mackey. so 20 years ago two teens were charged with breaking into the zoo and stealing two koalas. an anonymous tip led them to a san francisco home. police are looking into all possible motives including whether someone might want to sell mackey or keep him as a pet which is illegal in california. >> this is how you know we reached peak boredom in the pandemic. celebrities at the billboard music awards used the stage to address the issues of the moment. >> please vote. please wear a mask. please wash your hands, be safe. take care. >> that was billie eilish who donned a face mask as she accepted several billboard honors. the seats were empty throughout the awards show. luke holmes used his speech to
offer some positive words. >> i know everybody out there has been through so much this year. i want to thank the crew working on this show tonight because they have gone through some insane stuff to make this happen for you guys. i hope everybody is staying safe at home. >> sheila e. made an appearance playing drums for kelly clarkson who hosted and opened the show pulling double duty there. sheila e. rose to fame while working with late icon prince. she's still making a name for herself out there. >> first of all, sheila everything. kelly clarkson is doing everything. i'm here for it. >> double, triple, quadruple dipping. the mayors of san francisco and san jose require to a new proposal that would encourage people to work from home. and thousands of homes in the dark this morning because of high fire danger. team coverage of the latest public safety power
fastest in the east bay hills, east bay valleys and the santa cruz mountains and diablo range does not mean you're out of the red flag warning. you have fire danger until tomorrow morning. all of us are under a heat advisory starting 11:00 today through 9:00 friday. you think it's warm this morning, it will be warmer tomorrow morning. 60s and 70s for lows. 70s and 80s at noon. 80 at the coast. the rest of us breaking 90s at 4:00. 70s and 80s at 7:00. >> thank you. let's dig deeper into the extreme fire conditions that have forced pg&e to cut power to thousands of people all across the bay area. they could be in the dark for the next two days. jobina is at the live desk with this. such a headache for so many people. >> it is. good morning. pg&e is hoping to prevent fires from sparking because of damaged power lines or power lines knocked down by high winds. look at the utility's website. it shows who is