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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning, everyone. we begin with a live look at hi- def doppler. a strong pacific storm is zeroing in on the bay area this morning. and it's expected to cause a major mess. it is thursday, december 11. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. thanks for joining us on this thursday special edition of kpix 5 morning news. >> yes. the storm is here. we are live team coverage of what you need to know to be prepared and safe. anne makovec is keeping an eye on the situation in the north bay. kiet do is standing by at sfo with any cancellations. but we begin with roberta gonzales in the weather center. how's it looking? >> many people are saying what
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storm? you have not heard the raindrops on your rooftops as of yet but let's do it, let's fire up our hi-def doppler radar. green is the light precipitation. yellow indicates moderate precipitation. and the orange and purples, that's not good news. let's zero in on the north bay where the action is this morning. we have a combination of the light to moderate to heavy rainfall. check out 101 morning commute already. we zero in on berkeley now because we're now beginning to see this precipitation move east into the eastern portion of our bay area. look at this. 101 between novato and marinwood, this isn't good news. this is where we had saturated soil last week up to 5" rain accumulated in novato over two days. we are expecting big totals there again today. now, here's the deal. we have a high wind warning in effect right now all the by through 10 p.m. tonight. winds 35 miles per hour. gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. that's for the entire bay area. but once you get higher in
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elevation, mount diablo, mount tamalpais, we have wind gusts over 80 miles per hour. we have a flash flood watch in effect today for the entire bay area. you will see flooding in the roads and ponding on the sidewalks. we have rising creeks and rivers, as well. all beaches have a high surf advisory in effect 25-foot swells and riptides. here's what you can expect. in the north bay heaviest precipitation and the gustiest winds occurring now through 9 a.m. then you will begin to see those showers turn more into a showery mix. central bay in the eastern portion of the bay area from 9 a.m. to noon peninsula as the front extends south. from 1 p.m. through the evening commute you will see the heaviest rain and the gustiest winds. temperatures today really it doesn't matter but it's very
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subtropical into the 60s. the extended forecast does call for rain to begin to taper off tomorrow and then once it does so, we'll see a sunshiny day on saturday, we'll see increasing cloud cover on sunday. and that will lead to the potential of more rain on monday, tuesday and even into wednesday. frank and michelle? >> all right, roberta. thank you. two north bay rivers could be above their flood stages tomorrow. the russian river in guerneville could crest more than 5 feet above flood stage tomorrow afternoon and moderate flooding is expected there. the napa river is expected to overflow early tomorrow morning with minor flooding in the city of napa. >> sandbags are in place in east palo alto. the san francisquito creek is notorious for flooding during big storms. crews spent the day yesterday building sandbags to keep the water from flooding houses. the weather creating havoc at all the bay area airports. already this morning, there are over 100 cancellations. >> kpix 5's kiet do is checking
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the situation at sfo right now. good morning, kiet. >> reporter: specifically they are saying 142 flights canceled right now at sfo. that is as of midnight according to the duty manager. that's also including a riding and depart -- including arriving and departing flights and the number goes up when the storm hits. right now we are getting a light sprinkle at the airport not raining just yet but there is a big band of rain showers just off the coast here. we want to give you a live look here at the airport. the only people out here are protestors, protesting restaurants here at sfo. they say that once the flights are taking off at 6:00 this morning, they will have a better picture as to more cancellations but as of right now, 142 flights canceled at sfo and that number is expected to climb. kiet do, kpix 5. the great highway is closed between 35 and sloat boulevard. high winds are blowing sand on
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to the highway. 4:04. let's check the traffic. >> it's really mainly just the high winds that are really causing some of the biggest issues that we have seen right now. in terms of downtown trees, we have seen a bunch of debris reported in roads, downed branches and things like that, not downed power lines. a fallen tree eastbound 80 approaching pinole valley road, three lanes are blocked at eastbound 80 in the counter- commute direction. so it looks like westbound 80 is okay out of pinole but eastbound watch out for that. that tree fell on a big rig for a while. the truck is cleared. we just got word from chp but several lanes will be blocked for at least another hour. their estimated time about 5:15. you can see the slowdowns mainly in the eastbound lanes. all right. here's a live look outside. we have high wind advisory issued by chp for just about all of our bridges. i drove the bay bridge this
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morning, wow, it's intense. sometimes they issue these high wind advisories and sometimes you notice why they issued them, sometimes you don't. this morning you really will especially on the san francisco side of the span. you're kind of fighting against those winds with your steering wheel. here's a live look at the san mateo bridge. you can actually see caltrans has their warning sign out warning of high winds. right now westbound 92 looks okay out of hayward, 14 or 15 minutes. so in addition to your bridges, having those high wind advisories, the altamont pass has one, too. so we are talking about that westbound 580 corridor. everything is okay between tracy and the altamont pass and the livermore valley. we haven't seen too many delays yet. the rain is coming down hardest in the north bay right now. here's a live look at a slick golden gate bridge. but obviously, some commuters are maybe staying home and very quiet right now. it is only 4:06 a.m. but it's very quiet right now across the golden gate bridge. and mass transit will really be encouraging you to use mass transit. so far we haven't heard of any
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delays. bart, ferry, caltrain and ace all look good. we want to give you some safe driving tips if you do have to head to work or wherever you're going this morning. don't drive through flooded areas. and if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on, too. it's also a good idea to fill up your car before the storm hits. you should leave extra distance between your car and the next motorist. and apply brakes gently if you are slowing down. all right. that's the latest from here, back to you. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. daly city leaders telling drivers to avoid parking on streets that typically flood in their town. there were no cars on 88th street by westlake park last night. but there are plenty of signs warning about flood danger there. the area flooded during last week's storm. pacific gas & electric has crews working on power outages all over the bay area this morning. they were also busy before the storm trimming trees to prevent outages. extra crews were on the job and pg&e is warning people to be
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careful around power lines. >> if you see trees coming into contact with lines if there are concerns and most importantly if they see a line down please assume that line is energized and call 911. >> pg&e crews have been working all night for thousands of customers already without power. a lot of students sleeping in today because of the storm. kpix 5's mark kelly reports many schools are closed for a rare rain day today. reporter: jeanette hails from the gulf coast. for her, this storm isn't anything to get all worked up about. >> i have made it through a lot of hurricanes in the south. so a rainstorm is not going to bother me. >> reporter: but she is worried for the grandchildren and relieved the schools will be closed. for the people that say, oh, this is way overblown, closing school for the day because of rain and wind, what would you say to them? >> they must not have kids. they definitely must not have any kids that they really love. >> falling of trees, power lines and it's going to hit right during the time where students are either coming or
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going from school. >> reporter: do you want school to be closed tomorrow? >> yes, because i'm really scared something happens. >> reporter: what are are friday of happening? >> mmm, the school tearing down, apart. >> reporter: maintenance crews will be ready and waiting to make fixes. as for students? they plan on doing anything but work. going to have fun and stay home? what are you going to do? >> play with my brother and sister. lots of things to do with my family. >> reporter: in san francisco, mark kelly, kpix 5. >> and we are updating the list of school closures on the bottom of your screen. you see it on the crawl. and our website as they come in. you can go to kpix.com, click the linger in the top of the page there. and the kpix 5 weather app will help you get through this big storm the next few days. check conditions in your area and get realtime radar, as well. search "kpix" in the app store or google play and it would be a good day to do it today. >> we have everything you need to stay safe in this storm. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the north bay... getting so last minute supplies for todays storm. a live look at the golden gate bridge. not a lot of people commuting at this hour. it's 4:12. but the north bay will get the brunt of the storm early on. right now, the big problem is wind. so if you are going to be heading over some bridges, take precautions. a lot of wind out there, as well. a lot of people scrambling around the north bay last night for some last-minute supplies to get ready for the storm. >> yeah. people waited in long lines at the santa rosa home depot to get sandbags. inside the sonoma county office of emergency services, it was eerily quiet. county workers were prepping for a long day of work while asking everyone else to stay home. >> there will be problems all over the valley, including sonoma valley and the coast everywhere. >> emergency workers are concerned about the excess water that will come rushing down the russian river basin from mendocino county. san francisco, like many bay area cities, has been preparing for this big storm, a
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lot of work being done to keep this part of the mission from turning into a lake. the area was built on a lagoon and mission creek years ago. so when it rains water flows downhill and pulls in that general area. >> the neighborhood has flooded five times in four years damaging homes, businesses and cars and yesterday, workers put up floodgates and plugged up drains that are notorious for flooding. many residents plan to park in other neighborhoods during the storm. >> and rain here in the bay area means a whole lot of snow up in the sierra nevada. the system is expected to dump as much as 3 feet of snow in the sierra. drivers headed to the mountains are warned they could face white-out conditions. caltrans says it has trucks now loaded up with salt and an army of plows on standby on highway 80 and highway 50. reno is bracing itself for 70- mile-per-hour wind gusts. lake tahoe is a mess. waves on the lake are expected in some areas at 7 feet today. so if you are an avid skier, might want to wait a day or
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two. >> fresh snow up there, though. >> i would leave tomorrow if i'm heading to the high sierra or even saturday. but boy, once you get there, it is snowing, right? and it's blowing, as well. and that's a big factor this morning. the winds and the rain, good morning, everyone. let's go ahead and take a look at our hi-def doppler radar. we have our "eye on the storm" and boy, do we have some mighty rainfall now into entering the northern portions of the bay area. the green light, yellow moderate, orange heavy rainfall and you don't want to see purple. we have some of that in the forecast modems. the purple indicates an inch of rain an hour. pockets of moderate rainfall up and down the north bay. in the east bay, we see a lot of this moving into berkeley. otherwise it is the north bay that's hammered this morning and will be so until 9:00 this morning. you can see 101 and highway 37 some pretty moderate downpours and then you have to throw in the winds currently gusting up
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to 37 miles per hour. they will continue to gust up to 50 miles per hour at times. and then in the highest elevations, this is throughout the entire bay area, in warning is in effect, the gusts will be in excess of 80 miles per hour. flash flood watch in effect for the entire bay area. we already have saturated soil from last week's storm. now we have this huge downpour. this is a 24-hour storm. we'll see up to 8" of rain in the heaviest locations generally speaking across the urban locations 2 to 4." now we have the high surf advisory with 25 feet swells. from now until 9 a.m. that's the heaviest rain and the gustiest winds. after 9:00 you'll still see light to moderate rainfall. the front will then move into the central bay. we'll see the heaviest rainfall between 9:00 and noon. more likely 1:00 in the eastern portion of our bay area. and then on the back side of that light and moderate rain
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and then the peninsula and south bay heaviest rain 1:00 to 3:00 this afternoon and light to moderate through the evening commute. the wind and the commute, the impact will all be on the high side. so you want to keep that in mind if you need to go out and about, you want to give yourself extra time. futurecast shows the front behind it. then you will have pockets of heavy downpours that could contain thunderstorms. from 4 p.m. through friday showers. then we dry out and assess the situation on saturday and do all of our clean-up, sunday dry with increasing cloud cover leading to the potential of more rain showers friday night through monday. temperatures today very subtropical. this area of low pressure is tapping into subtropical moisture. it's kind of like the pineapple express. i know you've heard that term
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before. here we go with the extended forecast. rain showers on-again, off- again through our friday. dry day on saturday. increasing cloud cover on sunday. showers back in the forecast albeit a minor system monday, tuesday and wednesday. >> the roads are okay. it's the overnight winds that are really picking up causing downed trees. no major accidents out the door. it is early but those downed trees are causing problems now including on the eastshore freeway. this must have really startled this big rig driver around 3 a.m. one of those trees came down on to the top of the big rig. and it's still blocking up to three lanes of traffic eastbound 80. it is counter-commute. we are just seeing minor delays now and westbound traffic is looking okay trying to get out of hercules into pinole. just the eastbound lanes. but it's still early enough that it's not causing a major backup. they are hoping to have everything open within the next hour so we'll continue to watch
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this. apparently everyone was okay. we haven't heard of any major injuries. watch out for the winds and the falling trees. i notice them shaking in san francisco. the bay bridge has a high wind advisory. all your bridges have a high wind advisory. the wind is strong especially coming into san francisco. you have to fight with your steering wheel. traffic is light into san francisco. no major delay at the bay bridge toll plaza. san mateo bridge has a high wind advisory. the drive time is 13 minutes between hayward and foster city. so overall, like i said, things are looking okay but really watch out for the high winds. no major delays right now through the livermore valley. we do have a high wind advisory again a chp-issued high wind advisory for the altamont pass and the rain is coming down the heaviest all along 101. roberta just showed you her hi- def doppler. from you in marin county that's where it's really coming down.
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we haven't heard any major flooding yet on 101 and it looks like just some light traffic right now across the golden gate bridge. but please still use mass transit if you can. we of course want you to be safe on the roads so we have some safe driving tips for you. be careful on the roads where the floodwaters have receded a bit. roads could be actually weakened by the rain. and if a power line happens to fall on your car, stay inside, wait for a trained professional to help you. also, open your window just a little bit if you're caught in traffic. it will help avoid any potential carbon monoxide poisoning. all right. we know people are hopefully going to stay safe on the roads. we'll continue to track it. in the meantime, frank and michelle, back to you guys. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. 4:19. in san jose people hope they have done enough to keep all the water out. an army of sandbaggers there, they were shoveling and filling those sandbags as fast as they could yesterday. anything to keep the water out. the city of san francisco says it ran out of sandbags yesterday. it gave out 12,000 of them as the storm approaches.
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a little light rain right now but it's going to be coming down shortly. >> we're expecting that. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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good thursday morning. kpix 5 morning news on early this morning because we have our "eye on the storm" to help you get through the morning and the evening commutes. this is what it looks like right now a broad view according to our hi-def doppler radar. you can see all of the activity is in the northern portion of the bay area and that's the case today. the north bay from novato through rafael village into marinwood, we have plenty of moderate to heavy rain at this time. we have damaging winds likely
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today with a high wind warning in effect. we have a flash flood watch in effect throughout the entire day today in addition to high surf advisory. we will keep you posted on all the watches and warnings. here's a live look at our sensors. if you are about to hit the road on 101 in santa rosa, rain on the richmond/san rafael bridge approach. we have a high wind advisory in effect for all bridges. we have a traffic alert in pinole. we'll tell you about your "kcbs traffic" commute minutes away it's been raining in the north bay throughout the morning. kpix 5's anne makovec is live in novato. so anne, how are conditions there? >> reporter: it is raining. that's for sure. it started on our way up here. wet across the golden gate bridge. you can see the rain still falling here in the shopping
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center parking lot. i'm on roland way here in novato. the city emergency operations center here opened at midnight and is planning on staying open throughout the rest of the storm which is called the decade storm according to emergency planners. and the marin county emergency operations center is also open. emergency planners say they are most worried about this afternoon when high tide hits. last week a combination of heavy rains and high tide caused severe flooding along highway 101 and near tam high school. here in novato alone, in the past 36 hours, they have given out more than 4,000 sandbags. they say that is unprecedented in this short amount of time. live in novato, anne makovec, kpix 5. the valley transportation authority is ready after spending yesterday preparing for the storm. >> we are making sure we have enough fuel for our buses. we are making sure our sump pumps are in good working order, our generators are in good working order.
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just in case we have to go into that service recovery mode. >> the vta is warning riders to expect longer commute times. buses will have to slow down for the weather conditions on the roads. and the surf is up this morning along the coast. we saw decent sized waves rolling in at the pacifica pier last night. we are expecting them to get much bigger in the next few hours as this storm blasts through. and not everyone is freaking out about the storm. >> actually some used it as an excuse to celebrate a little bit. finnigan's marin in novato threw a party last night. why not? they called it the 50-year storm party. in addition to some food and drink, there was bingo. got to have bingo. and a movie. you can see the place is packed. everyone had a pretty good time. >> bingo? that's a good way to ride out the storm. we hope you were able to get sandbags in marin county. as cate caugiran shows us, people who waited too long had a tough time finding some. >> reporter: neighbors preparing for anything
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electrical outages by charging cell phones and electronics. uneasy pets by long walks. but one thing many won't be able to do, flood prevention. people showed up to places for sandbags but this is all they found. nothing. >> big pile of sand but there were no bags. so now i come back and there are plenty of bags but no sand. >> reporter: the county ordered 100 tons of sand to prep for the rain. >> it's all gone. it's been claimed by everyone and anyone. >> reporter: but just before sunset, it was all gone. >> there is no agency in the county, whether it's law, fire or public works, that has any supply left. >> reporter: so now neighbors are doing what they can. >> we are going to go all the way to the beach over here. it's going to be like two miles over here. >> reporter: with what little time they have left. cate caugiran, kpix 5. and the kpix 5 weather app will help you get through
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today's big storm. you can check conditions in your area, get realtime radar, search "kpix" in the app store or google play. ,,
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griego. and i'm frank mall good morning, everyone. it is thursday, december 11. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is nearly 4:30. it's all about the big storm this morning. we're already seeing some significant damage at this point. this was after midnight in petaluma electric wires were arc. the fire department says it's due to high winds. there are a number of downed trees. this one is on bodega avenue in
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west petaluma. watch out. this will be happening all throughout the day heavy, heavy winds. >> yes. we have the bay area covered this morning. anne makovec is in the north bay where it's already wet and messy. kiet do has travel delays at sfo. but first roberta gonzales is in the weather center. >> it's easy to see where the storm is when we call in our hi- def doppler radar. good morning, everybody. we have a multiple spread of colors out there right now anywhere from yellow to green to orange. the green is light rain, yellow moderate and right there heavy rainfall occurring in the mill valley area, up and down highway 101. the green is now going east trying to move into the eastern portion of our bay area but for the most part it's been a north bay event all morning long from novato to black point. so the morning commute out of the north bay is going to be hazardous. damaging winds, as well. so far i have been clocking winds up to 40 miles per hour in some portions. urban areas

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