3:30 pm – here is the latest from Cal Trans: “Crews assessing the roadway have determined that it will be at least one month for a temporary repair to occur. All businesses along the coast on Hwy. 1 remain open. Alternate routes include Highways 101, 68 and 46. Heavy rain is expected in the Monterey Bay Area this weekend. A drill for geologic monitoring is at the location and crews are actively looking for any hillside movement. An emergency contractor will is on to begin planning and mobilizing for this temporary repair to allow traffic on the roadway as soon as safely possible. Continuous updates will be provided as more information becomes available and/or conditions change.”
11:00 am – here is the current Nexrad, and while we are getting some sprinkles over here on 101, and we can see there is rain on the coast, but the big rain is coming, and I sure hope I beat it home, but suspect I won’t.
10:30 am – here is NOAA’s prediction re today, but remember there is a big one coming Sunday, also.
“AS OF 10:30 AM PDT FRIDAY MORNING…A 992 MB LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA COAST WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SLOWLY SOUTH THROUGH THE DAY. AN ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT IS APPROACHING THE NORTH BAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE REGION THROUGH LATER THIS AFTERNOON. HEAVY RAIN…THUNDERSTORMS…AND STRONG WINDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN OBSERVED WITH A LINE OF PRECIPITATION AHEAD OF THE FRONT. THIS ACTIVITY WILL SHIFT SOUTH THROUGH THE DAY… IMPACTING THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…MOVING TOWARDS THE MONTEREY BAY LATER THIS AFTERNOON.”
10 am – I wrote a lengthy update this morning about 7 am, but my internet connection went bonkers, and I lost it. I did not have time to recreate it before Rock Knocker showed up to give me a ride – a very long ride – to Watsonville to pick up my Jeep. So now, I am on Jolon Rd. on the way to King City. We did see the county crew and stopped to speak with them. They will be working N-F RD all weekend during the upcoming storms. I also saw the mailman at 10 am on Jolon RD. Yay!
Lots to catch up on from last night and this morning, and will be working on that as much as I can on the way to Watsonville. Thank goodness I don’t get car sick!
I also have a number of photos from Ben Grasmuck, CHP, and Brandie Kirby, CT, to upload today, as well. Ben has an open letter he would like me to post for him, which I will do.
BTW, Rock Knocker says it will be interesting to see which gives out first – Mud Creek (I’ve covered that pretty extensively already) or the Elephant’s Trunk. That is the slip out between the county line and Ragged Point.
One more BTW, Gas in KC is 3.98 a gallon for the middle grade.