10:00 pm – okay, one last post. Forecast discussion, usually on a twice every 24 hour schedule, has been publishing more than usual, and issued a new report this evening, around an hour ago. It had this to say:
THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE BURN AREAS OF MONTEREY AND EASTERN SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES IS THAT THE HEAVIEST RAIN HAS THUS FAR REMAINED TO THE WEST OF THESE AREAS. LIGHT TO LOCALLY MODERATE RAINFALL TODAY PUSHED 12 HOUR RAIN TOTALS CLOSE TO USGS THRESHOLDS FOR PRODUCING DEBRIS FLOWS IN THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE BASIN BURN SCAR. HOWEVER...RAIN RATES HAVE RECENTLY DECREASED IN THAT AREA AND SO THE THREAT FOR DEBRIS FLOWS/FLASH FLOODING HAS SUBSIDED...AT LEAST TEMPORARILY.
8:30 pm – nothing happening but the incessant wind and rain, so will check back in the am. Be Safe.
7:00 pm – I have been assured that the signs are still up for a “soft” closure at Bixby Bridge and the Big Sur Deli, but that they are not manned. Hotel guests with reservations, as well as residents are allowed through the closure, at this time. Also, when I first started watching the Big Sur River flows this am, reports indicated right around 100 cubic feet per sec. As of 6:15 this evening the rate is given as 646 cubic feet per sec. SurCATS is reporting the river has risen one foot today.
6:00 pm – CHP page is listing NO closures on Highway One in the Big Sur area. Don’t ask me, I’m just reporting what I find.
5:00 pm – the gennie just ran out of gas. I will check in from time to time throughout the evening to conserve battery until morning. Stay alert, everyone. The road is going to decide where to put its own hard closures before morning. How bad it will be, and where are the only issues left in my mind.
4:30 pm – with the main portion of the storm coming in tonight, the confusion about where any “soft” or “hard” closures are going to be placed by CalTrans and/or the CHP is basically unimportant. If the storm lives up to the predictions, it will all be irrelevant tonight anyway, as the ROAD is going to put the “hard” closures where it wants, without ANY regard to the CHP or CalTrans.
And this afternoon’s forecast discussion states: “THREE GAUGES RIGHT
ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST...ANDREW MOLERA...FLORES CAMP...AND ANDERSON PEAK HAVE ALSO SHOWN AN INCREASE IN HOURLY RAIN RATES DURING THE PAST HOUR WITH UP TO .31 INCH PER HOUR."
4:14 pm – CHP reports: “CATRANS PUT SOUTHERN CLOSURE @ THE DELI IN BIG SUR”
3:31 pm – CHP reports: “RESIDENTS ALLOWED INTO AREA ONLY.”
3:00 pm – CHP reporting “soft” closure from Bixby Bridge to southern end. No longer restricted to southbound traffic. Still subject to change, and still hoping to keep the closure “soft” this evening. For those of you not familiar to the difference between a “soft” closure and a “hard” closure, with a “soft” closure, residents, employees, etc. are generally permitted into Big Sur and tourist out of Big Sur. With a “hard” closure, only emergency personnel are allowed into the area.
2:31 pm – Cal-Trans to do a “soft” closure at Bixby Bridge to southbound traffic, all through to the “end.” Hope to keep it as a “soft” closure at dusk, but all subject to change as the storm continues. Having trouble keeping up this afternoon.
2:30 pm – solo vehicle accident – hits rock slide at MM 33, right near Esalen. Boy, Cal-Trans and CHP quite busy today. I hope they get their overtime despite the $#@& legislators in Sacramento, Maldanado included, who REFUSE to pass a budget!
2:20 pm – HIGHWAY ONE TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TO SLIDE AT HURRICANE POINT. CT working to get it open.
1:55 pm – another one just posted, just south of Bixby Creek Bridge covering north bound lane. We are liquifying, boys and girls! That’s 5 blockages of Highway One, so far today, and it is only 2 pm!
1:50 pm – two slides, one at Partington Rd. blocking the northbound lane and one at Graham’s Canyon (Grimes?) not yet blocking the road, per chp.
12:15 pm – blog back up and working. Rain coming horizontal, at times.
Almost noon, almost an inch. About to go off line, hopefully only temporarily. Road cleared at 11:46 am.
11:15 am – Trees down, just north of Lucia, blocking both lanes. Highway temporarily closed to give CT the opportunity to remove the trees. Winds picking up. Getting more serious.
10:00 am – CHP no longer reporting a slide at Andrew Molera. Take a look at the expected rain map, which has the burn areas marked. It is a doozie. Here:
8:45 am – CHP reports a rock slide just south of Andrew Molera. CT should be there by now. I’m sure there will be other slides up and down the coast by this evening. If traveling highway one, BE CAREFUL.
Additionally, there is talk of extending the Flash Flood Watch. Lots of tourists in Big Sur Valley this weekend, according to friends there. Hopefully, tourists will be encouraged to leave early, if necessary. Stay alert, everyone.
Also, around noon, wordpress, the host of my blog, will be making some code changes. They promise only a brief interruption. But you know how that goes!
8:00 am – 1/2 inch, so far. Significant wind, but not as bad as it can get.
6:00 am – rain and wind. Don’t know what time the rain started, but it was present when I woke this am. Rain totals throughout the day. NOAA forecast discussion says that the radar models predict as much as 3/4 of an inch an hour at times during this storm, which may stall over us through Tuesday. Oh, boy.
8 thoughts on “Storm Watch, 2/15”
Raining in PG on and off with steady huge gusts of wind. Its indeedie winter. :),
yes the valley has been very busy all yesterday but most guests to big sur seem to have gone away or are staying indoors for sure! of course we should encourage visitors to STAY, relax, have a nice meal, do some browsing in the stores, watch the rain pelt down and not be in such a hurry. That is what causes accidents!
… and you no sooner mentioned accidents than the CHP is reporting that someone has run into a rock slide at the 33 mile marker. Amazing that people don’t slow down.
Good to be at home and not commuting. Hats off again to the CALTRANS crews for their great work. Half inch in Carmel since last night and filling more fast. My rain guage has 3.75″ since this round of storm started with the month. Better empty it tonight before it overlfows!
and look UP
We had wires down and arching in the road north of the River Inn a little before 11 last night. Fire was called out.
8:00 am – Heavy rain in Carmel area since 3:00am. A new .80″ in our rain guage. The Doppler radar shows solid heavy rain (yellow-orange) returns along coast all the way from S.F. to San Diego! Interestingly, there is a small gap in the non-stop yellow returns between Big Sur and Morro Bay…A delicate blessing for the moment.
Kate hope you’re fine this morning. Its pouring down up here. I woke with water coming over my studio doors threshold and there was a small river through my living area. Got it all mopped up and finally having my coffee. The power keeps going on and off too. I’m glad my laptops battery was all charged up, but can’t hit submit untill the modem gets power back. Have a safe and sound day! 😛 Well its on here goes…