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you are watching abc 7 news at four. we have team coverage of the storm. cornell barnard is in the north bay. >> we will begin with sandhya patel. >> showers coming through with drizzle. i know it is not impressive, but that front that brought us the rain overnight into this morning is stalled. street-level radar across santa cruz area. pleasanton seeing wet weather. you will notice across highway nine, it is slippery out there. while it is not raining everywhere, we are watching this moist flow with a light level 1 system continuing to move in. how much rain did we get? trace amounts in the south and east bay. all the way to over an inch in santa rosa. this system is not done yet.
we will see waves of showers. 5:00, wet weather. showers continue tomorrow morning. there will be wet roadways and another batch comes through here at 10:00. that is going to be more moderate in intensity. that is not the only system we are tracking. the seven day forecast for rain chances, stronger storms, and a look at the atmospheric weather forecast. kristen: let's give you a live look outside from our tower camera in the north bay. right now, you can see the freeways are moving pretty well, although the roads are slick and dreary. cornell barnard has conditions. >> we got light rain falling right now off of highway 101. it is a welcome sight, but the possibility of too much rain over a short period of time has
north bay cities on alert. one homeowner says the rain caused a tree to fall. >> we we are in the kitchen and we hear a loud crunch. we said, what is that? >> it was a large pine tree which toppled in this yard in mill valley. the tree took power lines down with it. david believes recent rain is to blame. >> the ground got saturated. old trees have been there a while. cornell: the rainmaking for a slow drive on highway 101 and lots of umbrellas deployed. i game to beat the clock for public works crews to clear storm drains before a forecasted atmospheric weather which could bring rain. >> the past few weeks we have been focusing on the curbs, cleaning out catch basins, just trying to get a head start on the rain to avoid flooding and clogging. >> flooding now on the radar for
firefighters who are less concerned about wildfire threats. >> we have low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. especially if the rain is coming down at a rate that is not consistent with the tide, you get high tide and rain float the same time. low-lying areas are prone to flooding. cornell: mill valley post this special advisory to be careful and take precautions. this sandbag station is open in santa rosa city. >> we are making sure our community knows what it means to actually be prepared for the rain, making sure that those homes in and around our area are protected and prepared. cornell: firefighters will be watching those burn scar areas for sure. with so much rain in the forecast, police and fire crews simply urge drivers to slow down and avoid accidents.
larry: good advice. the rain sparked this power pole higher in oakland, knocking out electricity to 11 customers. pg&e crews on the scene. the utility says light rain turned to dirt on power lines into mud, which conducts energy that can start fires. the outage caused this food manufacturer to close and move their refrigerated food. pg and he expects power to be restored by tonight. outages in berkeley, albany and some on the pollen and on the peninsula. >> i used to be a flight attendant. i am thinking, what is going to happen next? you do not want to explode. i think it was scary. larry: some of the outages were brief because pg and e were able to switch customers through different line.
this map illustrates a wide swath of outages with -- the areas hit hardest include oakland where pg&e says power should be back on by 7:00. san mateo service is expected to return at around 5:30. kristen: chp warning drivers headed to lake tahoe to be careful. crews are working to clear trees and fix systems along highway 50 in the area of the caldor fire burn scar. the loss of foliage creates perfect conditions for mud and rock slides. chp says the best thing to do is stay alert, drive slowly and keep a distance between you and the cars ahead of you. keep an eye on the storm with live doppler seven. you can see it on the bay area streaming app on roku, amazon fire, android and apple tv. larry: a good reminder that flu season is here. while it was basically nonexistent through much of the pandemic, doctors are warning this year could be worse.
stephanie sierra is live in the newsroom with a look at the importance of getting that flu shot. >> two studies came out suggest we have since we have had such low flu activity resulting in less immunity, this upcoming flu season will be much worse. these models suggest it won't just be more cases, but predict hundreds of thousands of additional flu hospitalizations. whether you are coughing, sneezing or just feel under the weather, it is a dreary reminder that flu season is not only here , but sweeping and fast. >> we predict there are going to be a lot more flu cases. people getting infected, but also people getting hospitalized. >> we will see far more flu cases this winter then covid cases. two new studies recently purchased, not yet peer-reviewed, showed a similar sentiment.
one study predicted there could be an additional 100,000-4 hundred thousand flu-related hospitalizations this fall and winter. >> the estimates are on target but it comes with some uncertainty. and the uncertainty around how bad it could be, meaning it is going to be worse for sure than last year. >> how much worse? that part is unclear. >> the reason why we are not sure is we do not have information from other parts of the world because everybody didn't have bad flu in the last year or so. >> since we do not have population immunity from the flu last year, it leaves us more vulnerable. usually scientists will look at the flu -- in the southern hemisphere to help predict what may happen in the u.s.. >> the empirical data from the southern hemisphere is that rates have remained had -- at historically low levels in
australia and most of the southern hemisphere. in australia, fewer than 10% of the tests they have been done have been positive. >> but added, we can't be too safe. >> if we do have a covid surge and a flu search on top of that, it creates extra pressure on the hospitals. >> we have already started to see shifting immunity with other viruses like rsv. that is usually contracted in the winter, but became more common in the summer this year. he says when changes like that happen, it could further prolong our current flu season, even past april or may. larry: it gets tricky because symptoms for flu and covid are similar. how do doctors recommend we differentiate between the two? people are going to be in a room, one person coughs, everne freakou >> hen thahaene and again. dr.utherford ys the main --
for covid is upper respiratory systems -- symptoms. for flu, fever, cough, muscle pains. for covid, cough, runny nose, upper respiratory issues, especially if you are struggling to breathe. as always, consult your doctor first if you experience any of these symptoms because it can certainly be easy to mix them. kristen: the los gatos mom accused of throwing drunken sex parties for teenagers was arraigned. a judge ruled shannon o'connor be held without bail. investigators say she got teens as young as 14 drunk at her home and encouraged them to take part in sex acts. sometimes nonconsensual. o'connor faces 39 counts. her two teenage sons were removed from her custody. the san francisco district attorney announced a grand jury
indictment against a man accused of kidnapping two children while their father was making a delivery. -- faces 12 charges including kidnapping, robbery and carjacking. the kidnapping happened in february. the father's van, with his children inside, was taken while he made a delivery. the kids were found safe. a second suspect is charged and is set for trial beginning next month. larry: ready for a booster? today's fda decision and what it means for you. netflix workers walk out today. the protest and what they are asking. the supply chain issues that might affect everything from thanksgiving to christmas. ever wonder how san francisco became the greenest big city in america? just ask the employee owners of recology. we built the recycling system from the ground up, helping san francisco become the first city in the country to have a universal recycling and composting program for residents and businesses.
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kristen: moderna and johnson & johnson received emergency authorizations from the fda for booster shots. from internet, it is for those 65 and older. her johnson & johnson, individuals 18 and older. the biden administration is link up lands to vaccinate tens of millions of children ages five to 11 pending fda authorization. the cdc says california has moved back to the substantial tier for community spread after being in the moderate tier for two days. however, san francisco, san mateo and alameda counties remain moderate.
today's updated map has california, hawaii louisiana and florida as the only seats in orange, meaning substantial transmission, and a step above the highest. -- i should say, is step below the highest. on today's getting answers, i asked the doctor how california and florida can actually be in the same category despite rapid -- radically different approaches. >> they all got to the destination through different ways. the most important comparison is florida and california. lots of mass mandates and california, none in florida. you look at deaths, deaths per 100,000 during last years surge in california, 12 per 100,000. the bay area, less than one. in florida, 70 per 100,000. if you look at actual lives lost , california, 4000 in a state
that is much bigger than florida. florida, 14,000. you get to the same destination, but thousands more died. kristen: the toll was heavier in florida, but for now, for those who survived in florida, are they in as good shape as california going forward? >> similar vaccination but everybody pretty much got infected already. similar to california, vaccine plus natural immunity equals community immunity. florida and california look very similar. kristen: florida's current vaccination rate is 59%. california's is just over 60%. larry:al statend fedleaders areg prescription drug take back day. it gives everybody the opportunity to clear out their medicine cabinets of unused or
expired medications, especially opioids. state attorney lead -- the state attorney general promoted this. >> drug overdoses killed more than 93,000 americans just last year. these are not just numbers, these are real people, these are real lives. larry: he says two thirds of overdose deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid. there will be 50 drop-off sites. you can find the one closest to you online. kristen: caltrans is offering a way for people to help unify their community and pick up trash. the agency is expanding its adopt a highway campaign with a new pilot program that pays pick utrh.to two under $50 to th pgram isidy caltransla to eventual another e
forecast, this rain we have had is enough to whet the appetite? but the heavy rain is coming. sandhya: heavy rain this weekend with an atmospheric river. live doppler seven, this is just a little drizzle and spotty showers on radar. we get you to street level, seeing drizzle around black hawk road, south gate road. the sierra has been clouds and rain. snow levels are high. between 8000 feet and 10,000 feet, which means rain and high elevation snow. this weekend, levels come down. they could see heavy snow. from the golden gate bridge, clouds are stacked up. low to mid 60's for everyone from san francisco to oakland. santa fe, half moon bay. no is not an issue. -- we had is not an issue.
visibility is fluctuating for some parts of the bay. from the south beach camera, showers off and on tomorrow. gusty and wet mainly friday morning is the next system arrives. a stronger storm is due sunday night into monday. today and tomorrow, light system. scattered showers, moderate in pockets tomorrow. it will be breezy. wet weather at 5:00. notice the showers are widely scattered at 9:00 p.m.. tomorrow morning's commute will include slippery roadways. we get the moderate pocket of rain coming through at 11:00. notice the rain line lifts northward for the afternoon and evening. the best possibility of rain will be in the north bay. temperatures in the morning will be in the 50's and 60's. make sure you have your rain gear before you head out the door. in the afternoon in the north bay, hang onto it. scattered showers. it is going to be a mild day.
low 60's to mid 70's. now we show you what is ahead. it is an atmospheric river. the main aim is northern california but it looks like it is going to slide into our area. with that, rainfall totals will add. several inches of rain expected tuesday night. the southern end of the viewing area, one to two inches. same thing for the east. northbay, you are looking at almost half a foot in santa rosa. just over that in ukiah. that could lead to problems. we will be watching that carefully. off and on showers, level 1 today. level 1 friday. this is when it will be gusty. saturday, you get a break until the evening. that is when the next round of showers comes in. sock -- stronger storm sunday monday with a lingering chance tuesday.
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larry: governor newsom signed an order today to unplug the bottleneck at shipping lanes. state agencies to find properties for temporarily storing shipping containers. he is asking state agencies to find something that worked in oakland to establish education programs. then national guard may soon be stepping into help fix those supply chain issues. the biden administration exploring the idea of having troops assist in the effort to break the bottlenecks by unloading cargo. they are considering the possibility of easing tariffs. kristen: supply chain problems could affect thanksgiving. turkeys could be in short supply and cost more. jenae norman has tactics to help
you score your bird. >> they are the thanksgiving centerpiece staple. >> you've got to have turkey on thanksgiving. that's like fourth of july with no apple pie. or friday with no two pizzas. >> this holiday season, the u.s. department of agriculture is predicting a slight drop in turkey production. this quarter, expect it to dip from 1450 one million -- farmers are already seeing sales soaring. >> we are seeing sales substantially bigger than the same time last year. >> according to food analyst editor, this turkey day may be paying more. a variety of issues from climate change to the pandemic may be partly to blame. >> we have a major shortage of truck drivers.
being able to get the birds to the supermarkets is going to be a problem. >> experts say your best bet may be to buy from a local turkey farm. >> tell the farmer that you are ok with having the shipment early. any type of arrangement we can make with consumers to go ahead and ship their tear key, maybe the first week in november when things are not as hectic. >> according to butterball, frozen turkeys are the majority sold for thanksgiving. experts say another option are fresh turkeys. they are not too big a fan of that, but whether you go for frozen or fresh, order early. larry: those guys had better run. we are 66 days away from christmas. experts say now is the time to get started on shopping. here is renal roy. >> holiday shopping can be a frenzy in normal times but with
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employees walked off the job today protesting the company's response to complaints about dave chapelle's newest comedy special. the issue, what netflix official said after employees complained about anti-trans comments in his neck clicks special the closer. we have a closer look at what employees say they want changed. >> your laughing at our pain. >> netflix employees walked out of their respective offices in protest of how their own company handle backlash to dave chapelle's comedy special where the comedian makes jokes about transgender people. >> the support is incredible. >> tara is a bay area netflix employee who was recently suspen itisyo ad meintooiceoncernshas s wk at hes celebrit was on being a
force for good in the world and for understanding the responsibility that we have as a company with the level of media influence we have. >> in the special, chapelle says gender is a fact and shows his support for j.k. rowling, who expressed anti-trans beliefs last year. chapelle also said he is team terf. zelle >> this crosses the line of poking fun. >> this was hate speech. >> the ceo initially defended the special by saying content on screen does not translate to real-world harm. in an interview last night, he acknowledged he screwed up and should have led with more humanity. >> i read the apology today. it does not go far enough. >> suzanne ford is a bay area trans activist who has led better to create me inclusive.id
programming. >> often only the mocking stories are told about us. nobody talks about how beautiful our truth is when we get to live it. >> that click send a statement that they respect their employees decision to walk out and they recognize they have more work to do both within netflix and their content. kristen: -- larry: facebook taking a page out of google's playbook and will rebrand itself with a new name for its parent organization. kind of how they did with alphabet. it has been forever since we have spoken. >> it is good to see you. >> virtually. larry: facebook is not commenting on this move, but what are you hearing? >> it is interesting. a lot of the questions people have about this is what facebook
hopes to get out of it. we are sitting in a situation where facebook is under tremendous pressure and scrutiny. they have been criticized from left, right and center over all sorts of things. in particular, the stories that came out of the wall street journal. if you have not read them, i recommend you do. in them, one of the things they highlight is how facebook is aware of a lot of the negative effects it has on society, but also appears not to really act on that knowledge. that has caused even more than an uproar. changing its name, i do not know if that is going to change anything. supposedly, mark zuckerberg wants to draw attention to the good stuff it does. for example, the virtual reality new wave technology ideas it is working on. it is an interesting move. larry: they are not going to change the name facebook, just
like google. as long as it is facebook, they are still going to have the same issues. anything negative attached to the brand is going to remain attached to the brand. >> if they change their name completely, it is still facebook, with all of the problems we have seen and talked about for years. the issue i worry about is whether or not facebook is truly meeting the challenge of this moment, or if they are looking for other ways to dampen criticism. if it is the second, that is worrying. larry: it is, but the way the company is responding doesn't make you believe they will suddenly have this epiphany. they are expanding their businesses and their role. you referenced it, talking about the meta-verse, a reference to a virtual world of augmented reality. some people believe this could replace the internet. >> look, the promise of this new
technology idea has been something we have talked about in sci-fi for a long time. if you saw the movie ready player one, that is treated like a form of the bible in parts of silicon valley. they were literally handing out to new employees at facebook at one point with their virtual reality company because they really saw that as a guide book for what they want to create. at least in terms of experience and ideas. i think there is something to say about where technology is going. we are not all going to be living with computer screens and phones in our pockets forever. the question a lot of people had is where do we end up? who is going to get us there? if we can't deal with these fundamental issues around harassment and disinformation, all of these other things, how can we trust them to be stewards of this next step in technology.
larry: that is the eternal question. we will see what name they pick, if any, that is different. great to see you once again and we hope to talk with you soon. >> take care. >> take care. larry: there is maternity the classic hollywood story. we meet the hero, the all-new nissan frontier. hero faces seemingly impossible challenge. ♪ tension builds... ♪ the plot twist. ♪ the hero prevails. in hollywood, this would be the end. but our here, we are just getting started. introducing the all-new nissan frontier. let me get this straight. you've got an a.i. strategy to deliver a better customer experience, that will help us retain our customers and even grow our business? how much is this going to cost?
larry: new york city is considering a new law that would require free internet in every apartment. there are as many as half a million households currently without internet access in new york. existing buildings with 10 or more apartments would have to comply by the year 2026. the councilmember putting forth this proposal tweeted that internet access is as much a basic necessity as heat and hot water. a landor group responded by telling a real estate site, what's next? free gyms? [laughter] >> there are so thoughtful. what do you think of this? i am assuming these buildings are internet ready, it's just that the people can't afford it. so, where do we go from here? >> great question. the gym thing is funny, but a totally different thing. i would say these days, the internet is a basic necessity. to keep you informed and have
access to certain goods and services. they are going to pay probably one way or another. in terms of rent that is a list that us -- everybody these days would expect access to the internet. i thick it a basic. >> your guess is a good one because i think this is an -- this is about the service the landlord needs to provide for free. they will probably just tack it onto the rent. >> should that be something the cable companies provide for people that have a minimal income and can qualify? >> i think it is more important than just convenience these days. it really does keep you connected to the world and puts you on more equal footing. >> remember the little girls in salinas who did not have access to the internet? there are people who obviously can't afford it and it is essential. >> here's another one.
some people will go to great lengths to secure their dream home. a couple in canada went overboard. a couple bought a house slated for definite -- demolition in newfoundland and had it. across obey. >> status quo. >> -- that is so cool. >> they tied it to a metal frame to keep it upright. at one point, a corner of the house dipped into the water. the engine died. >> it looks like it is sinking. >> other boat owners stepped up and helped get the house to its new location. >> one reason i love this job is every we learn something or see something new. we have seen houses going down the street but i have never seen this. >> that is incredible. how do you get the idea? some people will move their houses, but let's get all of
these boats together and toe it across. >> they must have really wanted that house. [laughter] >> badly. >> should animal lovers be granted paid time off if they get a new pet? a british ceo is sparking debate about this after asking on his linkedin page whether he should grant paw-ternity leave. most felt the boss should not. when people asking, have people lost their minds? the next think these puppies are going to want free internet. [laughter] >> in the end, the ceo said the employee and his dog will be working from home for the time being. are we taking this too far? >> i have kids. i feel it was important to get maternity leave.
people who do not have kids, who have pets instead, maybe they want bonding time? >> i am getting a new parakeet. [laughter] >> are you taking two weeks off? >> the new puppy thing may be a little bit of an overreach. >> i am getting a goldfish, that's worth one week. i am happy that in california both dads and moms have 12 weeks now. that time is much-needed. moms can get another four months if needed. that is real bonding time to raise your babies. if unlimited time off is free and there is no cost, sure. your coworkers have to pick up the slack. there is a cost to employers. for the cold for sure. kate, i do not know. >> bring them to work. [laughter] >> bring your rake each to workday. >> for japanese restaurant has
teamed up with a university. they have created a lasagna style guilty lunchbox. it is pasta topped with meat cutlet, fried chicken and egg. the goal was to make a product that was highly satisfying while feeling immoral while eating with so many calories. it has 1500 calories, which they say is the most in the history of grilling. >> may be there. not here. >> that's a big difference between japanese and americans. >> it looks appealing. >> we know who won't eat that. >> larry? >> his body is a temple. 1500 calories is a lot. not around here. we all try to watch it, but you could easily eat 1500 caret --
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the ref going to the rule book here. what, wait a minute! harris is off to the races! we don't need any more trick plays. ton! are you kidding me?? it's going to be a long bus ride home for the defense. larry: today tod anniversary of the firestorm in oakland that killed 25 and destroyed 3500 homes.
for people who survived and rebuilt, that inferno left a lasting mark and a drive to make sure it never happens again. >> the people that are looking at the fires we have now and bert around -- were not around for the oakland fire forget that that was the first one we had. people don't think oakland and berkeley can burn down, but they did. we are very aware they can happen again. >> a big challenge is educating people who choose to live in this beautiful area, to know that they live in harm's way. it is the topography, the weather, and the fuel. part of the fuel is our houses themselves and the other part of the vegetation around it. you can't do anything about the weather. you can't do anything about the 12 harbor fee, but yousomething. >> removing dead trees is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
that fire will probably stay on the ground. that won't have a lot of fuel to ignite. it won't ignite up into the tree canopies, which means there's not going to be a lot of those hot intensity fire embers that then blow into the community that create -- that could create a real danger for the community. >> there's many hazards that cause it to go house to house. a lot of houses have shingles or those can be combustible. the heat from that will generate heat to start the next house on fire, and so on. the other major danger is vegetation. since the inspection program is in place, we are able to let people know if they have any dangers around their home and let them know what they can do to make their home more safe. and then make sure that they have done it. it has been great for us in terms of having properties
prepared and fires -- fire safe. >> it looks like this whole thing is dead. this is a 5.5 acre canyon owned by the city. a lot of vegetation and trees. a lot of deadwood falls and creates flash fuel. if there were a fire here, it would raise the canyon walls. the city does not have the resources it needs to handle all of the fire work that needs to be done. volunteers to a lot of fire clearing. we know we live in a high fire severity zone. >> typically in california and the bay area, our wind comes off the day, bringing moisture. the incidence of hot dry air coming off the continent from the east are only increasing. that is what climate change is doing. the danger we had on that day in october, those occasions are
increasing in number and that worries us. larry: to see more on the fire, including footage not seen since the day, check out firestorm: the east bay hills fire, streaming on the bay area app. kristen: a ceremony gets underway shortly to mark the 30th anniversary of the oakland hills firestorm. community members will gather for the annual tree of hope to remember the 25 people killed in the blaze. larry: the good thing now is that we are into more of a winter weather pattern. buyer concerns should be minimal at this point. sandhya: after this weekend, if those several inches come through, we will be putting an end to the fire season. we do have light, spotty showers along the san mateo coast heading towards the east bay. as you look, we have a flash flood warning thursday night or friday morning for burn scar areas where they could see debris flows. here in the bay, showers through
tomorrow morning and night. and then we get a breather before the next system comes in friday. highs tomorrow in the 60's and 70's. keep the umbrellas handy. for the walk to end alzheimer's, just enough of a break. the weather is going to cooperate. the seven-day forecast, stronger level two storms, first atmospheric river of the season could bring several inches of rain. larry: people across the country will participate in the great shake out. we got a preview with the shaker trailer. >> an earthquake can happen just like that. larry: that shaking in the trailer is the equivalent of an 8.0 earthquake and shows the importance of being prepared. the annual event encourages people to practice an earthquake drill for one minute including drop, cover and hold and making
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and the wonder years followed by the connors. at 10:00, superstar robin williams. stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. he was more, jeannie, misses doubtfire and simply irreplaceable. we are never going to get another robin williams. tonight, abc will show us the way san francisco shaped this artistic genius. >> i think robin williams was made in your part of the world. what made robin williams the wonderful comedian, actor that was so special to so many of us was really forged in the bay area, the excitement and tumult of the late 1960's, and as a young person coming from michigan to live in that part of the world and exposed to all of the intellectual ferment and the
comedy scene of the late 1960's and early 1970's, it shaped him so much as a human being. it made his, and a and in touch with the world than otherwise. his fondness for your part of the world never went away and was a constant restorative aspect of his life. >> i know we are going to hear from his colleagues throughout the years. such a long career he had, whici is quite the feat in hollywood, to do so much in the years he had. >> so many people were on the ground floor. paula poundstone, jimmy walker, margaret cho. people who understood this was a rare and remarkable talent. even by the high standards of their profession, you were dealing with someone that no one had seen before. kristen: check it out. superstar: robin williams, airs tonight at 10:00.
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