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next at 5:00, heavy equipment is brought in after a mass of mud envelops a neighborhood an hour south of san jose. we're live as rescue crews work to clear the scene. also flash flood warnings in effect for many parts of the bay area. power outages also a problem. plus face shields and backpacks filled with ammunition. the stunning new developments about a napa businessman now facing federal charges. also ahead new questions about an east bay vaccine pop-up. did its organizer give clients special access ahead of seniors? it's an i-team investigation. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. we begin with the storm that tore through the bay area and monterey county. near salinas right now crews are cleaning up from landslides that hit one home after another.
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the damage is only beginning to be uncovered. local ranchers are stepping in to help with heavy equipment. in the east bay sky 7 was over the floor store this afternoon where the rain caused extensive flooding as you can see. people working there could only stare at the amount of water at their feet. they couldn't believe it. and in foster city a tree uprooted and nearly crashed through the roof of foster city landing apartment building in foster city. the tree is blocking access to several garages. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. thank you for joining us. let's get right to abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel for what's happening right now. sandhya. >> yeah, ama and dan, the storm leaving behind a path of destruction. and as you take a look at live doppler 7 not done yet. the focus has been since this morning right around the big sur area, the central coast, you will notice some heavier rain right around morgan hill, gil gilroy. as we take you back in time the last few hours, this is why the biggest concern has been focused here where this atmospheric
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river has stalled out and slowly started shifting toward the bay area. flash flood warning until 6:30 for the czu lightning burn area. flash flooding already happening. debris flows are possible. flash flood watch for the other burn scar areas. risk of mudslides is there until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. we have a flood advisory because the rainfall rates have been so intense. until 7:15 you can see the area shaded in green. potential for runoff. obviously turn around don't drown. as you look at the south bay, we are seeing moderate pockets of rain on street-level radar. it's a level 2 on our storm impact scale. scattered showers, downpours tonight, tomorrow. and that burn scar flood threat continues with gusty winds at times. i'll be back with an hour by hour look at the timeline, taking you through how much longer this storm is going to stick around. dan and >> okay. sandhya, thanks. let's take you to monterey county where the rain has already led to mudslides. first responders say more than half a dozen buildings are damaged, many near river road which winds south of salinas. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen
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is there live with the story tonight. chris? >> reporter: that's right, dan. it's been a very busy day for first responders here in monterey county. as you said, we're live on river road just south of salinas. we're in between the towns of spence and gonzalez where if you can see in the distance there there is a mud flow. the rain continues to fall. and dan, this area remains under an evacuation order as officials try to avoid a repeat of some of the scenes that played out earlier today. in monterey county this is the danger many were fearing. mudslides and debris flows caused by heavy rain throughout the region. on river road south of salinas the danger evident all around as fire crews tried to rescue people from their homes. local ranchers coming in to assist with their heavy equipment. >> we have a lot of private property damage. people lost a lot of mobile equipment. motor homes, vehicles and tractors. and we're still trying to get our arms around the total loss. >> reporter: residents in the
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area were ordered to evacuate yesterday but many chose to stay. at a property up the road county officials say at least one woman broke her arm after a powerful mudslide burst through her front door. >> people are worried about looters. people believe that they can stay and try to save their property. and sometimes this is what we deal with. >> reporter: the scene here not a surprise to some because of its close proximity to a burn scar from last year's river fire. >> when a fire occurs in an area, that heat and flame changes the chemical composition of the soil. >> reporter: professor laura sullivan green from san jose state university says this is why people should listen when they're told to evacuate. >> all of that precipitation that falls runs off, and as it does it collects all of the ash, burnt debris, and loose soil with it and creates those mud flows or debris flows. >> reporter: closer to the bay officials in the santa cruz mountains are pleading with the public to steer clear of the san lorenzo valley, an area that faces a similar threat because of the rain. >> we take this extremely seriously. we take your safety extremely
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seriously. so we're going to continue to monitor that as we go along, and we'll absolutely get you back home as quick as we can. >> reporter: and the county fire department is expressing their gratitude tonight for the assistance that they've received throughout the day from other agencies. hayward and fremont were among them. we're live in monterey county. i'm chris nguyen, abc 7 news. >> all right, chris, thank you. a number of restaurants in santa rosa are dealing with damage today caused by gusty winds and heavy rain. powerful winds last night tore down tent coverings used for outdoor dining. it happened just two days after rules were relaxed in sonoma county and people could eat outside again. in the east bay many residents felt the impact of the storm first thing this morning when they woke up to no power. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony has that part of our story. >> reporter: in the east bay the overnight deluge and wind storm left its mark as the rains gave way to relative calm by morning's first light.
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like the downed lines that left some residents starting their day without power. >> early in the morning big flash. i could see out my bedroom window. then the power went out. and it's been out since. >> reporter: pg&e crews were out in various neighborhoods trying to restore power due to dozens of small outages throughout alameda and contra costa counties. >> i'm using a hot spot thankfully in order to get the kids on their zoom, and then had to go pick up some breakfast for the kids at a restaurant. i don't have a generator, so i'm kind of just dealing with it. >> reporter: at&t crews were also out restoring phone and internet service in some areas. in the oakland hills as seen from sky 7 high above skyline boulevard crews worked to remove dirt from a small mudslide. along the same road tree limbs littered the way like this one that fortunately did not land with anything or anyone beneath it. and in albany the owners of this floor store had to deploy
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sandbags to prevent water from coming inside the front doors. that is, until low tide and a sump pump could help steer it away. despite some inconvenience most people seemed to take the stormy weather in stride. >> it's a good thing. we need the weather. we need the water for the mountains. and i think long term it will be good. >> reporter: in the east bay laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> and you can access live doppler 7 on demand right on your tv. our abc 7 bay area app is available for apple tv, android tv, amazon fire tv, and roku. an east bay doctor hailed as a hero after creating an opportunity to vaccinate seniors now faces questions about her motives. that clinic is now prohibited from receiving vaccines and as i-team reporter stephanie sierra explains the doctor is defending herself against those who claim she unfairly distributed the vaccine. >> pretty sure somewhere in there i promised somebody my first-born child. >> reporter: dr. rebecca parish made bold promises, carved out 60 hours to convince contra
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costa health officials to give her hundreds of covid vaccine doses, and ended up with -- >> this is so amazing. >> reporter: what appeared to be a successful drive-thru vaccination site for homebound seniors last week. >> the best deal. >> reporter: yet support shifted this week as the supply of 500 doses that supposedly went to elderly seniors ran dry. multiple sources close to the abc 7 i-team allege people with connections to her concierge medical practice, comprehensive wellness reportedly not eligible for the shot jumped the line while seniors sat on the wait list at the drive-thru clinic. at least three physicians have filed formal complaints to the contra costa county public health ethics board, and another complaint was filed to the state medical board. [ phone ringing ] >> reporter: i visited dr. parish's office but she was unavailable. i later spoke to her on the phone for clarification. she denied the allegations but did confirm her practice actually received more than 500
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doses. >> we realized at 1:00 p.m. on sunday that we had more doses than we had people scheduled. we didn't have enough needles. >> reporter: patricia garretty, a nurse-practitioner working in her office, says 418 doses were given to people over the age of 75, plus an additional 160 doses administered to those 65 and older. >> just to clarify, are you saying not one person who was under the age of 65 and not a health care worker, received the vaccine? >> so by the end of the day i don't know the numbers, i know that -- i don't know the numbers in terms of security breaches of people that came through and lied. >> reporter: later in the interview i asked the same question. >> when the vaccine doses were at the risk of being discarded at the end of sunday night, yes, under 65 was vaccinated. as happens in every clinic. every effort was made to make sure that no one under 65 was
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vaccinated in those two days at the clinic. >> reporter: contra costa health services confirmed the county has stopped giving additional doses to this clinic while records are reviewed. >> i'm not surprised that something like this could happen. >> reporter: mike wasserman who sits on california's vaccine advisory committee, says he's seen other similar cases where seniors are pushed out of the line. >> i have to say, there should be consequences of some sort. >> reporter: abc 7's analysis of newly released data from walgreen's shows only 18% of assisted living and other long-term care facilities have been vaccinated across the state. it's slightly better with cvs. data shows 27% have been vaccinated within the same groups. >> there will be those that will try to get the vaccine for whomever, whatever they can get them for. and that takes away from the folks who need it the most. >> reporter: dr. parish charges $2,500 for a consultation according to her office. but she says she had no
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financial incentive as she is not accepting new patients. >> i'm so emotional. >> reporter: yet the vaccine was ee. seniors like lisa get the shot? contra costa public health stressed to doctors the importance of not letting any doses go to waste, even if that meant vaccinating those not in a priority tier. now, i did have a long conversation with dr. parish today, and she explained less than 35 of her patients were vaccinated at that drive-thru clinic. according to her, all except one person were people 65 and older or in tier 1a. for the i-team stephanie sierra, abc 7 news. >> all right, stephanie, thank you so much. and new at 5:00, to speed up the vaccine rollout, tonight state health leaders are tapping oakland-based blue shield of california to run its vaccination effort statewide. the california public health department says blue shield will be tasked with creating and managing the state's entire vaccine network, delivering
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doses to health providers, pharmacies, hospitals and pop-up sites up and down the state. kaiser permanente also based in oakland will help deliver vaccines as well. still ahead, the napa businessman investigators say had five pipe bombs and the materials to make much more. the fbi's domestic terrorism squad is now revealing his chilling text messages. plus the reddit-fueled stock rally. it's pitting upstart investors against wall street pros and changing how the game
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the department of homeland security issued a rare warning today about the growing risk of attacks by politically motivated extremists. the timing came shortly after an fbi announcement that it's filing charges against a napa man arrested last week. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman picks up the story from there. >> reporter: these are the pipe bombs seized by napa county sheriff's deputies when they
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arrested ian benjamin rogers early last week. plus 15,000 rounds of ammunition, 49 weapons, a white privilege card and more, all found after raids of his business and home. the 44-year-old owner of this automobile repair business now faces both state and federal charges. they are serious enough that the fbi went public today. >> our focus is on behavior, and our focus is on those individuals who are not just aspirational but have an intent to use either firearms or explosive devices. >> reporter: the fbi bases those aspirations on alleged text messages from rogers. "we can attack twitter or the democrats who pick," says one. "i think we can attack either easily. i want to blow up a democrat building bad. the democrats need to pay. i hope 45 goes to war. if he doesn't i will," says another. in reference to the former front. >> he was an enthusiastic follower of the president of the united states. i guess that used to make him a patriot. now it makes him a terrorist.
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>> reporter: napa defense attorney jess raphael represents rogers. he says the fbi and napa county d.a. have him wrong. raphael suggested all this is a timely overreaction to the storming of the capitol on january 6th. >> i have 38 letters of support from members in the community. >> reporter: but those pictures released today do lead to questions, especially about the pipe bombs. "they were made of galvanized steel piping and were complete with end caps and fuses. when detonated these type of devices can kill anyone within five feet and seriously injury anyone within 20 feet," said napa district attorney allison haley in a statement today. that differs from what ian rogers' mother told us shortly after his arrest. >> well, fireworks from washington -- from wyoming. >> right. is that what they got? >> fireworks. >> i've heard there were 15,000 rounds of ammunition. >> well, he did have that. but he's had that for years. >> this is just a guy in the community with a gun collection. he's a republican and a gun
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aficionado. >> reporter: ian rogers now faces a possible 30 years in prison. he remains in napa county jail with bail set at $5 million. he appears in court again on friday. in napa wayne freedman, abc 7 news. now to the group of people on reddit who are making an impact on wall street big-time. those small investors use their collective power to push shares of gamestop to an astronomical level. gamestop finished up nearly 135%, closing today at just over $347 a share. it is currently losing those gains in after-hours trading. abc 7 news reporter david louie explains how it happened and the motive behind it. >> reporter: it's david taking on goliath and david is winning. in this case small investors have turned to the social platform reddit to boost the price of the retail chain gamestop by 1700%. in the process they're killing big wall street hedge funds that have been shorting the struggling store, betting against gamestop's future.
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posts on reddit complained that wall street looks down on small investors. more than 2 million are on this one discussion board. is it a form of manipulation? >> manipulation's a very edgy word, and i'm not sure i'd call it manipulation. i'd call it power in numbers of investing. >> reporter: assistant professor matthew faulkner at san jose state says technology has enabled this to happen, giving gamestop boosters an unfettered forum. >> a stock price moving 800% a day without major company news is a pretty big irrational move to some extent. >> reporter: some of the small investors claim they've paid off college loans due to the fast rising stock. but gamestop continues to struggle to compete as a brick and mortar chain when many buy their games online. >> all of it's to be honest is very impulsive. people do is basically gambling on this. >> reporter: now other companies being shorted by hedge funds are seeing small investors drive up their prices. short sellers end up buying the rising stocks to cover their money losing positions. investors have long relied on
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advice from analysts or prominent investors. the social platform posters are relatively anonymous. craig breamer is bay area chapter president of the non-profit group better investing. >> that's your decision to listen to somebody else. sometimes that can be great research and great information. sometimes it can be bad. >> reporter: at this point no federal agency has indicated any wrongdoing. however, in a statement from reddit to abc 7 news the company said reddit's site-wide policies prohibit posting illegal content or soliciting or facilitating illegal transactions. we will review and cooperate with valid law enforcement investigations or actions as needed. david louie, abc 7 news. >> and this is brand new within the last hour or so. reddit has made the wall street bets subreddit group private. you now need to be invited or be a previous member of that page. earlier today the discord messaging service banned the wall street bets server from its platform citing hate speech from its users. well, the major rain is
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a little bit calmer than what we saw last night. let's get the accuweather forecast from abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. sandhya. >> yeah, dan and ama. it was a stormy night. right now as we look at live doppler 7, still real soaking going on in the south bay. let's get you down to street level around gilroy, monterey road, morgan hill, santa teresa boulevard. we are seeing some intense rain still. san jose area around willow glen, center road, some moderate showers at this hour. and as we take a look at the wider perspective the atmospheric river has been focused right around the central coast since early today. we've been seeing some lightning strikes. i know thunderstorms have developed and some lightning was reported earlier in the day. now, because of where the atmospheric river was focused ben lomond in the santa cruz mountains over four inches of rain. elsewhere anywhere from about half an inch to just over an
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inch, fairfax almost three inches of rain. as you take a look at those temperatures, they're in the 40s, 50s. it says two on our storm impact scale. moderate strength storm, scattered impact expected through tomorrow. burn scar flood threat continues and gusty winds at times. it is gusty out there across parts of the bay area, not nearly as strong. we had 40 to 80-mile-an-hour winds last night. san jose cameras showing you just a slippery view. gray skies and a live look from our tahoe camera. fresh coat of snow on the ground. some of the resorts are reporting anywhere from 9 to 24 inches of snow and counting. chain controls in the mountains right now as you look at radar. blizzard warning up until friday morning. five to eight feet of snow expected total amounts because of the gusty winds. white out conditions. i would not recommend you even bother traveling. as we head into 9:00 p.m. we're going to see some pops of yellow indicating some moderate pockets of showers. tomorrow morning's commute will be dicey. 4:00 a.m. you'll see the most widespread activity. 8:00 a.m. still wet roadways.
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as we head into the afternoon, the amount of shower activity does diminish, but there will still be some pockets of brief heavy rain as we head into 11:00 p.m. this winds down. now, additional rainfall totals depending on whether you're caught under one of these downpours, santa cruz mountains, ben lomond area over two inches could see about .6 of an inch in san francisco and some other mountains will be varying depending on where you are. like i said. cold in the morning. you'll need those umbrellas. it's going to be 30s, 40s. so definitely grab the um brelals and the coats before you go. tomorrow afternoon breezy with scattered showers. 40s, 50s on your highs. the accuweather seven-day forecast. tomorrow it's a 2. still a chance of thunder. showers breezy. it's a level 1 for friday after early morning drops. you get a break. and then the next system really weak. saturday night there's a chance of showers. sunday night into monday is when we're tracking another storm. that one looks like it's going to bring most of the activity on monday with wet windy conditions and showers lingering into tuesday. dan and ama.
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finally tonight, if you've ever had a dog, then you know what it can be like when they
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are stubborn about not doing something. >> that's right, ama. in this case it happened about going outside in the rain wearing special gear. watch. >> jasper. look at me. i'm sorry. >> oh, gosh. you can see jasper not having any of it. even avoiding eye contact, ama. >> man. wayne in san francisco tweeted this video with a message. it says "so i got my dog a cute raincoat and." poor jasper. he's probably thinking i would rather get wet. aw. but it will protect you from the rain, jasper. love it. >> so cute. maybe jasper didn't like the color. >> oh, sorry, dan. i lost you. so if you said something to me and i'm not responding, i apologize. but that is going to do it for us for tonight. i'm ama daetz. thanks for joining us. >> and i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel, all of us
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here, we appreciate your time. see you again in half an hour. bye.
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tonight, the vaccine shortage. what president biden's covid team is now saying, with january now the deadliest month of the pandemic here in the u.s. also tonight, as we come on, the new national terrorism bulletin issued today. first, the pandemic. more than 83,000 deaths in january alone now. new and dire projections for the weeks ahead. the images tonight from across the country. seniors 80 and older lining up for hours in the cold, hoping they'll be able to get a shot. what the president's covid team is now saying about how long before anyone who wants a shot can get one. also developing tonight, the department of homeland security issuing that new national terrorism bulletin warning of violent extremists, saying they feel emboldened by the deadly riots at the capitol. what concerns authorities most tonight.


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