Storm Watch, 10/14/09

5:30 pm – Power is back on in Big Sur Valley. YAY!

1:00 pm – here are some storm damage shots.

“After the Storm” by Debbie Reed. Thank you, kind lady.
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Big Sur River. A private bridge just down stream from the Grange.

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Look closely. That’s a tree that was toppled on top of that house, just up the road from Glen Oaks! Took me a while to realize what I was seeing.

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Tangled web of fallen trees. Look closely all the way on the left, toward the middle. A roof line. One crazy storm, huh?

9:30 am – from the Soggy South Coast, this beautiful sight:
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7:30 am – I got another 3.5 inches, bringing the total for the storm here on my perch at 3272′ to 15.5. It is peaceful and quiet — very quiet — at the moment. No wind, no rain. Blessed be.

Power outages reported in Pebble Beach this morning, and PG&E estimating 4 pm to get it back up. Power is still out in Big Sur Valley, and estimates are that it may not be restored until tomorrow. I read that they lost a big tower at Moss Landing, which brings power from SoCal to NorCal, and that it reduced the flow by 1/3. Whether that incident is affecting our local outages or not, I do not know.

CHP reporting only one problem, a limb down blocking lanes at Highway 1 and 68. Amazingly, we all survived the storm of the century in pretty good shape.

4 am – it was still raining at 11 pm when I went to bed, and was raining when I woke up just now. I will check the rain gauge at first light to see how much was added to the 12 inches I had by 7:30 pm last night. This from NOAA discussion:

AS OF 3:30 AM PDT WEDNESDAY…OCT 13TH WILL GO DOWN AS
A HISTORIC STORM. THERE WERE INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF RAIN ACROSS THE
DISTRICT…WITH MINING RIDGE IN MONTEREY COUNTY THE RAINFALL WINNER
WITH 21.34 INCHES! THERE WERE SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF
SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY COUNTIES THAT EXCEEDED 10 INCHES OF RAIN.
DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO RECORDED 2.49 INCHES OF RAIN…WHICH IS THE
GREATEST 24 HR RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER (RECORDS HAVE BEEN
KEPT SINCE 1849). MONTEREY CLIMATE STATION REPORTED 2.66 INCHES OF
RAIN…WHICH WAS NOT ONLY A RECORD FOR THE DATE BUT IT IS ALSO THE
RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. WINDS WERE VERY STRONG AS WELL…
WITH MANY LOCATIONS REPORTING GUSTS OF 60 MPH OR MORE. LOS GATOS RAWS
IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS REPORTED A GUST TO 87 MPH.

Reports are for continued rain through today, tapering off by this evening.