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this one is on bodega avenue in 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 of the north bay.
these damaging winds are likely all the way through about 9:00 in the northern portion of our bay area. but throughout the entire region, today alone. in addition we have a flash flood watch in effect today. we'll see flooding on roads and ponding on sidewalks. we have a high surf advisory throughout the entire coast of the state of california. some swells in excess of 35 feet. trying to break this down, give it an hour leeway here or there from the north bay the heaviest rain and the gustiest winds happening now all the way until about 9:00 this morning. then that front gradually spreads into the central portion of our bay area. until noontime you will see heaviest rainfall there. it goes to the santa clara valley 1 to 3 p.m. and moderate rain throughout the evening commute. as far as the impact, it is
extremely high as far as our flooding is concerned. the wind will cause damage and the commute will be aversely affected. futurecast is trying to roll this front through quickly. it shows it into the san francisco area by about 8 a.m. i'm saying more likely about 9:00 to about noon we'll be aversely affected but when you see these shades of purple that's rainfall one inch per hour and that's a lot of rain occurring in a short amount of time. that's why the driving conditions will be hazardous. on the back side of the front there's subtropical moisture. we'll be in and out of showers. sometimes like right there in the mount hamilton area, we'll have heavy downpours. keep that in mind. also with some of these cells we have a chance of an isolated thunderstorm. see that wrap around moisture? that's your friday. scattered showers as well
before we dry out saturday. the winds seem to be the most averse in the city of san francisco that's your morning commute and again around the bay bridge and the golden gate bridge you will see wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. 35-mile-per-hour gusts throughout the tri-valley. the winds die down through friday. they will be about 10 to 20 miles an hour out of the southwest. today with the winds temperatures into the 60s. the extended forecast calls for 8" of rain today in the highest locations. generally a broad brush across the urban area, easily two to four inches of rain here in the bay area. friday the lingering showers. saturday will be dry. cloudy sunday. then we introduce rain showers albeit light showers in the forecast on monday through wednesday. michelle and frank? >> not of the 8" variety we hope. the storm has already
dumped several inches of rain in the north bay. anne makovec joins us live from novato with what you need to know before you head out that door k. >> reporter: i am getting wet. i'm at a shopping center along roland way here in novato. the rain you can see is falling. there is some pooling and ponding going on here in this parking lot though nothing severe at this point. we are in front of an ihop restaurant that's set to open at 6:00 the so for the workers who are headed out right now, not too bad. you can see highway 101 there in the distance not a lot of traffic right now, not too many pools in the roadway when it comes to the highway. but the emergency operations center here in novato is open. it was activated at midnight and they are working on prioritizing any calls for help that might come in from now until the time the storm is finished. it's the strong winds expected here in the north bay later on
this morning that are expected to cause some of the problems when it comes to downed trees and downed power lines. we'll be keeping an eye on it for you. live in novato, anne makevoc, kpix 5. the heavy rains expected to cause flooding on two rivers up in the north bay. the russian river at guerneville was at 6 feet before the rain started. it could rise above 37 feet by tomorrow afternoon. the napa river is also expected above flood stage. that will happen early tomorrow morning. crews worked hard stacking sandbags in east palo alto. they are hoping to keep san francisquito creek from flooding nearby streets and homes. and they have built a wall of sandbags along the creek. this kind of weather causes major travel delays and, of course, that includes airplanes. >> yes indeed. we have the very latest on that from kpix 5's kiet do. he is at sfo with more. kiet, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a steady mist has begun falling here at sfo. that means the rain is coming. you can see not too many people
showing up here at the airport yet. according to the duty manager as of midnight 142 flights are canceled including arriving and departures. they say once these flights start taking off in the in the 6:00 hour that number could go up. if you are taking off this morning, call ahead to check the flight status because the rain is coming and significant delays could happen, as well. the flight cancellations are up to the individual airlines themselves. if it gets really bad here then the faa can institute a ground delay to give the airplanes more time to take off and land. back here live, i want to show you a life picture of some restaurant workers that are striking up to 1,000 will be here throughout the morning and for the next 48 hours in fact. this is significant because 80% of the restaurants at sfo will be shut down and so they are advising you if you are coming to the airport, bring your own food. if you are stuck here, well, the timing of this couldn't be
worse given all the flight cancellations that they are expecting later on today. we're live at sfo, kiet do, kpix 5. >> bring a snack. okay, thank you, kiet. great highway closed between highway 35 and sloat boulevard. high winds are blowing sand on the highway. it happens all the time during big storms. so if you are heading that way, take caution. let's check in with elizabeth now for a look at the roads. >> it's really still the high winds that are probably the biggest danger right now. this is not the morning you want to be a big rig driver or driving any kind of high- profile vehicles. we have wind advisories on all the bridges and it was a tree that toppled onto a big rig earlier this morning. eastbound 80 at pinole valley road still three lanes blocked. it was a huge eucalyptus tree that landed on the freeway. they are hoping to get this cleared by 5:15. but it's a big tree. they did clear the truck out of the roadway and we are seeing delays counter-commute. so fortunately, this didn't happen in the commute direction. just some minor slowing right now approaching the scene.
and westbound 80 looks okay at this hour. all right. here's a live look at a very wet golden gate bridge. you can see the hi-def doppler at the bottom of screen. it's the wettest still in marin county. we are getting a few different flooding reports and a couple of accidents. there are some flooding reports on 128 in geyserville so just a heads up there. also, if you are traveling in santa rosa now, northbound 101 is our first accident that we have seen since we have been on the air northbound 101 at steel lane. sounds like it's blocking ainlalanne. we are not seeing major delays in either direction. check out the observations camera. it's jerking back and forth. that's the winds moving the camera around. you will really notice the high winds if you are about to head off on your morning commute. northbound 880 the drive too many looks okay but with strong winds give yourself some extra time. keep plenty of distance between the car in front of you. if you are driving on the bay
bridge this morning the winds are really gusty. sometimes they issue these wind advisories and it's okay. this morning hang on tight to your steering wheel. you will notice a difference. san mateo bridge you can actually caltrains issue that high wind advisory on the screen, that's the glow on the right side. westbound 92 looks okay as far as the drive time 13 minutes or so between 880 and highway 101. and through the altamont pass, another wind advisory, chp just went through and issued them all where they knew that it was going to be the gustiest. livermore valley commute though looks okay lighter than normal on our sensors in fact all green so far at 4:39. mass transit use it if you can. so far everything is on time. now, bart is up and running systemwide no delays. ace train caltrain everything quiet. off to a great start. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. daly city leaders are telling driverses to avoid parking on streets that typically flood. there were no cars on 88th street by westlake park last night. there are plenty of signs
warning about flood danger. the area flooded during last week's storm. and pg&e crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers all over the bay area this morning. even before the storm, they were at work trimming trees to prevent those outages. extra crews were on the job and will be all day. pg&e is warning people to be careful around power lines. >> if customers see trees in contact with lines if they are concerned and most importantly if they see a line down please assume that that line is energized, call 911. >> and there have already been a number of scattered power outages all over the bay area this morning. the storm has caused those power outages for thousands of people across the bay. the biggest outages are in daly city, el cerrito and santa rosa. there are nearly 2200 people without power in daly city. and the kpix 5 weather app will help get you through all of this. you can check conditions in your area, get realtime radar, as well. just search "kpix" in the app store or google play
time now is 4:40. it's already wet out. it's only going to get worse. this is a live look from our roof cam out at the bay bridge. we're all over the bay area this morning. we have an updated list of school closures on our website, kpix.com. and we'll let you know what's happening on the roads, as well. just stay with kpix 5 morning news for continuing storm coverage. ,,,, over a million californians have a gotten something that's beend. out of reach for far too long. health insurance. how? they enrolled through covered california.
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like many bay area cities..s been preparing for this stoa lot of work has been done ie san francisco like many bay area cities has been preparing for this storm. a lot of work has been done to keep this part of the mission district from turning into a lake. the area was built on a lagoon and mission creek, so when it rains, water flows downhill and pools here. >> that neighborhood has flooded five times in four years damaging homes, businesses and a number of cars. yesterday, workers were busy putting up floodgates and plugged up drains that are notorious for flooding. and many residents plan to park in other neighborhoods during the storm for the next couple
of days. head you up to the sierra now. this storm system expected to dump as much as 3 feet of snow there. drivers headed up to the mountains are warned they could face white-out conditions. carry your chains. caltrans has salt trucks and plows on standby on 80 and 50. reno is bracing for 70-mile-per- hour wind gusts and if you are going to be up at lake tahoe stay out of the water. waves could reach as high as 7 feet. so it is nasty up in the sierra. >> i'm just giggling because michelle is going, oh!! oh!! >> just sighing. >> deep breath. >> i looked at the clock and it's 4:45 and i still have another 12 hours to go at least. right? we just cannot talk enough about this powerful pacific storm heading into the bay area because it's already making a huge impact throughout not just not the bay but throughout the entire area. let's go ahead and call on our hi-def doppler radar. rain is causing a dip in the
northern portion of the bay area. green is light rain, yellow the moderate rainfall. orange is the heavy downpour. no purple now. that's good. purple is not a good thing at all. that signifies an inch of rain an hour. right now moderate rain at highway 1 and 101 around the northern portion of the bay area. i'm traversing to the east bay because we are seeing light rain showers around the walnut creek area and hercules but for the most part all of this is a north bay event. muir beach moderate rainfall but upstream in bolinas we have pretty heavy rain at this time. and then you couple that up with some very gusty winds. this is the big picture. this is a big storm. look at the comma right there. that's the core that still has to bang up against the northwestern section of the state of california. this plume of moisture is tapping into subtropical moisture all the way back to the hawaiian islands. so that's why we call it the pineapple express. and that's why we're getting a whole lot of rain on top of some very mild temperatures at this hour. we are in the 60s except for
santa rosa in the upper 50s but the other part of this story is what elizabeth has been alluding to all morning long. the very gusty winds especially for your commute over the local bridges. check out right now novato at 15. these are sustained winds not even gusts. oakland with winds up to 31 miles per hour. 26 in san jose with gusts up to 35. meanwhile in napa we have a south-southeast wind at 20 clocking in at 32 now in san rafael, 34-mile-per-hour winds in berkeley and this is why we have a high wind advisory in effect for today. damaging winds are likely. we'll see downed trees. and we will see downed power lines. flash flood watch in effect for the entire bay area today. we already have saturated soil from last week's storm. now we're talking about 8" of rain at the coast and the northern mountains of the north bay. all beaches do have a high surf advisory in place. all local beaches. in fact, just about the entire state of california up and down the coastline. so i'm trying to break it down for you. right now, we have the heaviest
rain and the gustiest winds occurring in the northern portion of the bay area, then this front slides into the central bay. we'll start seeing the heaviest rainfall around the city of san francisco and oakland around 9:00. give it an hour or two but for the most part this gives you a time frame through 1:00 p.m. and then the front sags to the south, the peninsula and the santa clara valley will be impacted by this storm between 1 and 3. and i'm saying that's the front. on the back side we have moderate to light rainfall. so the storm impact will be greatly affected with flooding, wind and your commute will be adversely affected. i think our futurecast is running a little fast here. that's the heaviest rainfall. that's the front. i think it wants to take it out too fast from the central bay to the santa clara valley. once the front passes, on the back side of it we have moderate rain. then pockets of heavy rain, as well. we're not all clear. it's just the heaviest rain and
the gustiest winds will be out of here. then we're in and out of the showers throughout tonight. there go a couple of heavy cells, as well. on the back side of this, do you notice the circular rotation? that's that core i was alluding to. that's traversing out of the area and so we have scattered showers for your friday. before we begin to dry out on saturday. now, meanwhile, our temperatures today in the 60s. unseasonably mild for this time of the year. winds die down this afternoon, west-southwest breezy 10 to 20 miles per hour. scattered showers on friday. 2 to 4" of rain today alone in throughout the urban areas, 8" in the high country. dry skies over the weekend. but then we bump up the cloud cover on sunday and that will lead to more rain showers. i'm saying showers, elizabeth, monday, tuesday and wednesday. >> it's going to feel good after all this rain. so now we have flooding in our notorious flooding spot at lucky drive in marin county.
every time it rains even a lot less than this, it tends to flood. so right now the northbound lanes we just got word from chp, there's about 6" of standing water right now in all of the northbound lanes. again, this is approaching lucky drive. we haven't heard anything about southbound it looks like that's okay. but, of course, things can change. just be extra careful as you drive through the area. here's a live look at the golden gate bridge. it looks okay right now. only one lonely car right now heading into san francisco. the roads are slick. but overall across the span it looks okay. there were flooding reports earlier as well along parts of 128 in geyserville. there were a couple of flooding reports. and also, this fallen tree is still there in pinole valley road. eastbound, still causing a delay in fact we just got off the phone with chp on this one. they have to temporarily block all lanes right now approaching pinole valley road so they are diverting traffic but they hope to get this open here very shortly. it was a large eucalyptus tree completely belonged the roadway there for a -- blocked the roadway there for a while, landed on a big rig.
it was a big old mess. they are hoping to re-open la inches shortly but are now diverting traffic to get the debris off the ground. wow, it is really those high winds that's causing the biggest issue right now. i mentioned high high wind advisories all over the bay area. this is in oakland northbound traffic, you can see it's quiet nice and light 15 minutes between 238 and the maze. wow, give yourself some extra time and plenty of space especially in a high-profile vehicle. here's a slick richmond/san rafael bridge. no traffic so far. very light traffic trying to get into marin county from the east bay. bay bridge, there is a high wind advisory in effect like i said for all of your bridges and the altamont pass. no delay so far at the toll plaza. here's san mateo bridge traffic. that side of your screen, that's westbound 92 trying to get out of hayward. livermore valley is lighter than normal so some people are staying home. i know there's no school for a lot of students. this is definitely -- we usually see some yellow on the sensors by this time of the morning. or you can always use mass
transit. everything looks good there. all systems are go. bart systemwide on time. all right. we have some safety tips for you. and i'm going to have to, um, read that from somewhere. [ laughter ] >> number one, i know. don't drive through flooded areas. do you want to take this? >> no, go ahead. >> all right. if your windshield wipers are on your headlights should be on, too. it's a good idea to fill up your car before the storm hits and leave extra distance between your car and the next one and apply brakes gently if you are slowing down. >> well done, liz, well done. >> thank you so much. >> you can maneuver all around. >> that's right. 4:51 now. some business owners in the berkeley area spent the night not getting ready for the storm but cleaning up after protestors. [ screaming ] >> a group of 170 demonstrators storming wheeler hall at the cal campus yesterday [ indiscernible ] peter steel there. they stormed out again after
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good morning. i wanted to show you the timing of this powerful pacific storm bearing down on the north bay now. you are experiencing the worst conditions until 9 a.m. with the heaviest rainfall and also the gustiest winds expect up to 6 to 8" of rain over the next 12 hours. and wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour. peninsula in the east bay your worst weather from 6 a.m. until lunchtime at high noon. your rain rate will be one inch per hour. wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour.
and across the santa clara valley, the santa cruz mountains being impacted right now, from 9:00 in the morning, all the way until 3 p.m. you will see rain rates up to 1.5" per hour. wind gusts at 50 miles per hour, as well. we are going to continue to track this storm together as kpix 5 morning news continues. and through the bay area really dealing with gusty winds right now. chp just issued this travel advisory. they are saying trucks should stay off of the richmond/san rafael bridge due to those high winds. use 37 or 101 as an alternate. that means all high-profile vehicles as well really dangerous. there's high wind advisories on just about every bridge in the bay area crossing the bay bridge is intense. >> yes, two hands on the steering wheel. >> for sure. >> yes. >> the commute this morning is one thing but i guess the afternoon commute is really going to be a son of a gun. >> i don't know, later on in the morning commute. >> we are picking up wind gusts right now of 41 miles per hour. during the evening commute they won't have those kinds of gusts. they will dial back 10 to 20 miles an hour with the passage of the front but what's going
to happen with the evening commute it will be raining and ponding on the roads and a lot of debris. you can't forget that part. the winds blowing stuff around. >> sure. sure is. >> both commutes have their problems. >> we have all the information you need for those commutes and how to stay safe in the storm. >> anne makovec da lin kiet do and we have a photographer brian kiley out there shooting away so stay with us. much, much more to come. >> reporter: yes, it is coming down here in novato this morning. coming up next, we'll tell you what emergency planners here in the north bay are most concerned about right now. >> reporter: i'm kiet do live at sfo. if you plan on flying out of the city this morning, check your flight. there are a significant number of cancellations. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,