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moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> stay out of the water, away from the cove, and off the beaches. >> tsunami waves hit the west coast following an underwater organic eruption -- volcanic eruption near the tongan islands. and a developing story out of texas where a man is holding hostages at a synagogue, demanding a convicted terrorist be freed from prison. thank you for joining us. i'm dion lim. you have just learned one of the hostages has been released. we will have more on that in a few minutes. first, getting to satellite images, just incredible to see.
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they show the underwater volcano iraq in near the islands of tonga that triggered warnings. all internet connectivity has been lost, so we are not getting information on the extent of damage, though there are reports that people are having trouble breathing because of the ash. some boats have also been damaged by the waves. we have live coverage frio with spencer christian and ryan curry in santa cruz and cornell barnard in tid. cornell: it was a wild day and pretty scary for a lot of neighbors. we are live inside this cove, where things are really calm right now, but the damage from today's tsunami surge left several boat docks like that one have really damage, and assent sailboats spinning. some say that the water rose within a matter of minutes today. >> holy [beep]
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holy [beep] cornell: this was the scary moment tsunami waves arrived saturday, ripping this boat dock off the front of this home, casting to boats and the dock adrift into richardson bay. >> the water just came in, took the dock out. the edge of the balcony is off, so i ran inside, grabbed my daughter, packed up my car. cornell: for several hours, the tsunami surge came in cycles, strong enough to send the runaway dock crashing into support beams at the apartment complex. >> be careful. cornell: the -- >> the dock was picking up momentum as it headed towards this building, and that was a little scary. >> seeing these waves rolling in and of the water level being significantly higher. thank king tied, but on steroids. >> this is a tsunami advisory in effect. stay out of the water. cornell: the san francisco fire
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department advised people to stay away from ocean beach. >> reevaluate your plans if they involve going to the water or near the coastlines for today. cornell: many people still flocked to the beach, cameras ready to capture any big waves. >> the waves definitely look like they are bigger, but kind of hoping for even bigger waves to view. >> you don't get this kind of excitement of a day and i want to see it for myself. cornell: the advisory closed acre beach, and fort folks on four-bagger peer were warned about the danger. >> i am a science teacher so i wanted to see it firsthand. cornell: u.s. coast guard cutters were seen patrolling the shoreline. it is a day nobody saw coming. >> we never expect this would happen. >> i will take tsunami alerts more seriously now. cornell: we are back live with what is left of one of those boat docks. the ramp to that dock is now underwater.
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neighbors in marin county say they got warnings on their phone this morning about the tsunami advisory. damage from today's event is really still being added up. live in tiburon tonight, cornell bernard, abc 7 news. dion: that is wild video, thanks. over to santa cruz comeau where tsunami waves arrived in the pulses and flooded the santa cruz harbor and parking lot. ryan curry joins us from the harbor. what can you tell us? ryan: good evening. many santa cruz residents started the day very concerned over the incoming tsunami threat. water rose to cautious levels in some areas, especially near the santa cruz harbor. as the day went on, many residents and their concerns were eased. santa cruz residents on high alert saturday. >> we were watching the water push the lower deck on the waterfront, and the wharf was really moving. cornell: edward martinez was out monitoring the water
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levels in the morning. he initially did nothing the tsunami warning was much of a problem, but he says the water level kept rising, especially toward the harbor, causing him some concern. >> we were like, maybe this is a big deal. we were looking out towards the beach. you can see the plume behind me. all of a sudden, it disappeared and of the water kept going up and up and up. cornell: all day long, coast guard crews patrolled the beach to patrol the water level. beaches across the santa cruz area were covered in debris and water levels were much higher than they usually were. >> we came out about 7:30. we had heard there was a tsunami warning, so we stayed up on the bluff. ryan: christy hughes says she began the day on high ground to avoid any potential tsunami. she says there was not much to see near the water, but emergency crews were all over the beaches. >> you could really see it at the harbor. there were a lot of people out. there were a lot of police and firefighters.
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you could see almost like a river flowing out to the ocean. ryan: but despite the threat, beachgoers were not deterred from going near the water. surfers were spotted in the ocean and many others still got close to the water. >> we were listening for sirens from about 7:30 in the morning. we didn't hear them until almost 11:00. then lots of sirens. ryan: as the afternoon went many people returned to the beaches. we spoke with some residents saying it is usually more crowded on a saturday afternoon, especially with the weather is nice as it was, but not as many people came today. live in santa cruz, ryan curry, abc 7 news. dion: probably a very good idea. now to a time lapse from our santa cruz tower cam. you can see one of the tsunami surges with the water reaching just past our camera view. today was a much different scene in santa cruz than back in 2011. hard to watch. that is when the massive
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earthquake off the coast of japan generated a tsunami in california. it caused $20 million worth of damage to the santa cruz harbor. more than 100 people were evacuated from the berkeley arena following this morning's tsunami advisory. the evacuation was limited to the docks and boats along the shoreline. roads near the marina remained open. authorities got the all clear from the state office of emergency services at 3:50 this afternoon. everyone is still urged to use caution on boats and docks. let's get more from weather anchor spencer christian. i cannot believe those surfers worst out in the water. spencer: it is amazing. it is not advised. they should not be doing that. you mentioned caution. we should be cautious. this is a tsunami advisory, not a warning, but you should take it seriously nonetheless. here are some things to bear in mind. this was issued this morning. it is in effect for the entire west coast, california, oregon, washington, until further notice.
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some of the effects, strong current, surging waves, and here are some precautionary measures to keep in mind. stay away from the beaches, avoid harbors and marinas as well. when you are at the coast line, do not turn your back on the water, and keep up with the latest advisories. we will be offering them as more information comes in. dion? >> jesus. >> oh boy. >> all right. well, here is my friend. dion: that pretty much says it all. this is video from savanna peterson out of pacifica. she lives not far from the p ier. the road was still open. we have much more coverage at our website on the tsunami at, including the differences between at advisory, a watch, and a warning, and how you can prepare for a tsunami. developing news coming out of texas. we just learned a hostage has been released in an ongoing
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situation at a synagogue in the dallas-fort worth area. the hostage taker is demanding a known terrorist be released from prison. abc news reporter alex presha has more on the story. alex: the situation unfolded at a synagogue in the dallas-fort worth area saturday morning. authorities say an armed suspect has taken hostages at congregation beth israel. the colleyville police department swat team responded to the scene, evacuating residents in the immediate area. a source tells abc news that the hostage taker has demanded a woman name aafia siddiqui be released from prison. siddiqui is a known terrorist incarcerated at carswell air force base near fort worth. she was sentenced to 86 years in prison after being convicted in manhattan federal court in 2010 for trying to kill u.s. soldiers and fbi agents in afghanistan. the fbi, along with local authorities and hostage negotiators, are on scene. the white house and homeland security secretary have been briefed on the situation. alex presha, abc news, washington. dion: still to come on abc 7
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news at 5:00, some states are getting hit with a strong winter storm. where snowfall is causing some big problems as though storm tracks across the country. plus, free at home covid tests, if you can find them.
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dion: six people were hospitalized outside of a concert in eugene, oregon. police responded to reports of multiple gunshots outside of a concert hall. it is still unknown whether it was all random or a targeted shooting. one person is in critical condition. no arrests have been made. a big winter storm is sweeping
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across 33 states, bringing heavy rain, snow, and freezing cold temperatures. so far, over a foot of snow has fallen in north dakota. the storm is heading southeast through sunday. even more snow is anticipated as the storm moves northeast into monday. 75 million americans are on high alert, some getting supplies before the storm. >> some groceries, some supplies before it gets bad and we get snowed in. just trying to get everything ready before it gets swampy and they run out of groceries. dion: probably a good idea. the governor of north carolina deployed 200 national guard soldiers. several states in the southeast have declared a state of emergency. so far, there are 2000 flight cancellations for sunday. as of today, you can get at-home covid tests at no cost. you can buy the test online or in stores, if you can find them, and have them paid for at the time of purchase or get
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reimbursed by submitting a claim. insurers must pay for up to eight tests per covered individual per month. there is no limit if a doctor orders more tests. all of this is part of president biden's plan to increase access to at-home rapid tests across the country. the bite and administer asian has launched a website where you can -- the biden administration has launched a website where you can order tests. if you do want to stay up-to-date on the latest covid headlines, we have more information at our website. head to much more to come on abc 7 news at 5:00, including more events cancellations. why singer celine dion won't be coming to the bay area in the spring. spencer: you may have noticed a few clouds in the sky, but it looks like we are in for a long dry spell. i will have the forecast coming up.
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dion: pretty hard to believe, but it has been 13 years since the most famous landing in aviation history. captain chesley sullenberger was flying a us airways flight from laguardia airport to charlotte when it hit a flock of birds, knocking out the engines. he landed in the hudson river. 155 people were evacuated from the plane and rescued by boat. celine dion is canceling her shows in san francisco and oakland in early april because of health issues. the singer is recovering from severe and persistent muscle spasms, which prevent her from performing. dion's remaining north america are rescheduled for march 9 through april 22 and have been canceled. ticket holders will receive more information by email.
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we want to get to the weather situation because all eyes on this tsunami. the pictures, the radar out of tonga is crazy. spencer: the waves are elevated here and we will see some localized flooding in harbors and marinas. nothing devastating is expected, but we need to be aware and stay away from the coastline. we have calm wind around the bay area. a mixed sky condition, a few high clouds around, but the skies have been bright from time to time. this is a colorful western sky we are looking at from the emeryville camera. 61 degrees in san francisco. temperatures in the upper 60's. half moo60 degrees at santa cla. mixed conditions in the sky. we have breaks of clear sky. temperatures in the north bay mainly in the low to mid 50's. the winds are shifting east of it. mid-50's in concord and livermore. a beautiful view of the western sky from the east bay hills camera.
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these are the forecast futures. tsunami advisory remains in effect until further notice. cloudy skies remain with us with cooler weather and a mild day-to-day. this dry powdered -- pattern will continue next week. high clouds passing by in the early morning hours. we will get some bright spots during the day tomorrow as well but the clouds probably will not completely disappear. overnight low temperatures generally in the low to mid 40's in our inland areas. look for lows in the mid to upper 40's, mainly upper 40's on the coast, then highs tomorrow under partly cloudy skies. 59 degrees at half moon bay. 58 in san francisco. we expect a high of 68 in oakland. not a wide range of temperatures tomorrow. antioch right around 56 degrees tomorrow, but milder in the south bay with highs in the low 60's in san jose and morgan hill. in the north bay, 62 in
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cloverdale. here is the accuweather 7 they forecast. bright sunny skies for the most part. monday is mlk day. for all of next week, mainly sunny skies, relatively mild. cooler in the middle portion of the week with highs up to 60 or 62 degrees in the bay and inland. look how we warm up by the end of the week. inland highs in the mid 60's. it is going to feel almost like spring. the dry pattern continues. dion: it feels like we are almost there. let's get to chris alvarez with a preview of sports. chris: coming up in sports, the nfl playoffs underway. raters and -- raiders and bengals underway. what they are saying about the upcomi
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>> now, abc 7 sports with chris alvarez. chris: would you believe 27ieve7 years today the 49ers beat the cowboys to win the afc championship at candlestick park? that led to a fifth on bardi trophy in super bowl 29. that marks the last time the rivals actually met in the playoffs, until tomorrow. could this be the last time we see jimmy garoppolo in a 49ers uniform? plenty of speculation that his last game will be whenever the 49ers playoff run ends. a super bowl title could change that narrative and possibility, but it has been a storyline all year long with trey lance waiting in the wings.
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early this week, jimmy g. and teammates discussed the emotions of the season. >> there is a lot of emotion that goes into this game, but when those big moments happen at the end of a game, you have to stay cool down the middle. >> this is the season we are in right now. jimmy is our quarterback and we are trying to win the super bowl with jimmy. >> it is win or go home. i don't want this to be the last time i put on a uniform with these guys. >> i love everything about it. it is a good group to be around, a fun group, and we want to keep this thing going as long as we can. chris: we cannot wait for tomorrow. it is super wildcard weekend. the bengals hosting the raters. vegas clinched a playoff berth. the bengals looking for their first playoff win in a more than 30 years. derek carr's first playoff game he broke his leg. med second quarter, 31-6 game. joe burrow finds tyler boyd. the bengals have two touchdowns.
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this fan asking, why not us? carr to jones. vegas down seven at the break. the defense really giving the silver and black a chance. mad max crosby is a beast, sacking joe burrow. the raters staying within seven -- the raiders staying within seven. got to have a touchdown, and carr out of the shotgun. his pass incomplete, and the raiders call. the bengals first playoff win since text messages were invented. the warriors season flash before my eyes when stephen curry went down hard. he came up shaking his right hand. alonzo ball slapped his pinky going up for a block. curry played through it but will set out tomorrow's game in minneapolis with what is being called right hand soreness. curry did break that leftd having a bad flashback.
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>> anything that involves the hands, especially the right one, you get a little concerned. >> that his ptsd from two years ago when i landed. it felt kind of the same. but i will get it looked at in figured out. it should be all right. chris: heavy breathing. hi, i'm debra. i'm from colorado. i've been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years. i'm a mother of four-- always busy. i was starting to feel a little foggy. just didn't feel like things were as sharp
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as i knew they once were. i heard about prevagen and then i started taking it about two years now. started noticing things a little sharper, a little clearer. i feel like it's kept me on my game. i'm able to remember things. i'd say give it a try. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
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>> in every moment, there's an opportunity to find a path forward, to move ahead, to build
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something better. >> issues of race and social justice are a key part of building a better bay area. >> at abc 7, it is our commitment to meet those moments. with tough questions, real solutions for you, for all of us. >> where did you learn to do what you do? >> this is the moment to build a better bay area. join us. dion: finally, take a look at this. landmarks across the bay area are illuminated red and gold ahead of the 49ers playoff game against the dallas cowboys. you can see san francisco city hall all lit up. city hall in san jose and both sfo and san jose airports will be in red and gold. if you are counting, it has been 27 years since the niners and cowboys last met in the playoffs. it should be fun. that's all the time we have for this edition of abc 7 news at 5:00. for spencer and kris and all of us here, thanks for joining us.
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we will see you right back here in about 30 minutes with abc 7 news at 6:00. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. a hostage situation at a texas synagogue. a young man taking multiple hostages including a rabbi and three others inside congregation beth israel near the dallas/ft. worth area. he has released at least one male hostage uninjured. s.w.a.t. teams, the fbi, and hostage negotiators responding to the scene. authorities say the suspect is demanding the release of a terrorist now in federal prison. the white house closely monitoring the situation. another major story we're following tonight, the entire u.s. west coast facing a tsunami threat after a massive undersea volcano erupted near the pacific nation of tonga. satellite images show the resulting plume of ash, steam, and gas ring


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