BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO CA 622 PM PST MON NOV 3 2008 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR FLASH FLOODING AND POSSIBLE MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS FOR PART OF THE BASINS BURN AREA IN MONTEREY COUNTY. LOCATIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BIG SUR VILLAGE AND THE VENTANA CREEK AREA. * UNTIL 645 PM PST * AT 607 PM PST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF USGS MUD AND DEBRIS FLOW THRESHOLDS WERE MOVING THROUGH THE WARNED AREA. RESIDENTS AND MOTORISTS IN AND BELOW RECENTLY BURNED AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO HEAVY MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS WHICH MAY BLOCK ROADS AND CULVERTS. TIME...MOT...LOC 0219Z 180DEG 0KT 3629 12172
6:00 PM – NOAA rain forecast for 4 pm – 10 pm has increased from .38 to .45. I cannot see my rain gauge well enough from inside with my flashlight to be able to report with any accuracy what we’ve gotten in the last 1 and 1/2 hours, but based on what I hear, I would be surprised if it was more than .10. Sorry, I just don’t want to go out in the rain in my warm pjs, unless I hear real pounding! It is COLD up here!
4:30 PM – (.10 for storm; 3.0″ for season)
Had to run to Cambria. On the way home, about an hour ago, it started a steady, but light rain. Rain for this storm is now up to .10 up here at about 3200′. Interestingly, Mining Ridge is reporting .12 inches, but very few other places are reporting rain, other than Jim in San Jose, that is.
Debbie is staying at Rose’s on VERY high ground tonight, thank goodness! Have some additional photos from Debbie about “Blaze to the rescue” which I will try to get a couple up, once I get a few things done in the “real” world, like groceries put away, dogs fed, into my comfy ranch clothes … you know, the usual important things in life!
TODAY”S FORECAST: NOAA is predicting .38 inch of rain between 4 pm and 10 pm today for the Big Sur area. See 2008 Winter Conditions to the right for the new NOAA forecast map, just sent by Charles Bell of NWS in Monterey.
These photos of the Grange and Debbie’s house and yard were sent to me this morning. What a mess, huh?
Read Debbie’s Story under Storm Watch, 11/2/08, below, or click on post to the right.
The Grange and Parking Lot
Debbie’s Yard. This was a garden that was on the Hidden Valley Garden Tour. Under all that mud is a lawn, now buried.
Debbie’s Porch and Front Door
This is what Debbie came home to, after fleeing to Glen Oaks Saturday night. Sunday morning, Don Case brought her the Sunday paper, and offered his help. This, the man in the photo with Buddha, who lost everything in the Basin Fire. Don, if you read this, you epitomize the Big Sur Spirit!
Oh, Debbie! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your photographs. They are both just so heart-wrenching. I look at these, and remember all the wonderful 4th of July parties we had out here in this garden, in the sun belt! I’ll have to locate one of my photos from then (on the other computer?) and post so people can see how beautiful it is, when not covered in mud!
And here is later in the day: “Blaze to the Rescue!”