NWS Warnings

Also Evacuation Warnings for big Sur River, Carmel River, Pajaro River, San Lorenzo…my inbox being inundated with warnings. So please take heed and sign up for official warnings or following the MCSO on social media. Don’t rely on unofficial sources, even me. I do my best, but I could miss one for your area since I am beginning to hyper focus on Big Sur.

I have to add this tonight. From Weather West (Daniel Swain): “At this time, I am more concerned about the potential for widespread and possibly severe flash flooding/debris flows/landslides along the Big Sur coast southward into the Transverse Ranges of SoCal. This is not only where the strong AR is now expected to spend the most time traversing, but may also be the target of some rather intense convective activity given the considerable surface-based instability associated with this storm. In fact, the AR itself may have embedded lightning and locally torrential downpours–especially south of the SF Bay Area–with very high 1-hourly precipitation rates. This is the kind of setup that greatly elevates concern regarding major flash flooding/debris flow risk along both Big Sur coast and Transverse Ranges given their tendency to intercept massive amounts of precipitation over very short periods of time during conditions favoring “training” bands of convectively-enhanced precipitation. In addition, rivers in this area may also flood rather significantly in addition to the flash flood risk within smaller water courses.”

Evacuation Warning for Big Sur River by MCSO


An Evacuation Warning has been issued for low-lying areas of the Big Sur River effective immediately and until further notice due to the incoming storm. If you have large animals or need extra time to evacuate, now is the time to do so.

If you are in an Evacuation Warning Zone prepare to leave. Be ready to leave if an Evacuation Order is issued. Gather essential items now to be ready to go. If you feel unsafe, do not wait for an evacuation order, leave immediately. Check with your neighbors to ensure they have been made aware of this alert.

If you need animal sheltering, call the SPCA at 831-373-2631.

Monitor local media, social media, and Nixle alerts for updates. Call 2-1-1 for information. Call 9-1-1 only if you have a life-threatening emergency.

To view an Evacuation Map: https://bit.ly/3Za0Xc0

Debido a la tormenta que se aproxima, la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Monterey ha emitido una Advertencia de Evacuación para las zonas bajas del río Big Sur con efecto inmediato y hasta nuevo aviso. Si usted tiene animales grandes o necesita tiempo extra para evacuar, ahora es el momento de hacerlo.

Si se encuentra en una zona de aviso de evacuación, prepárese para salir. Esté preparado para salir si se emite una Orden de Evacuación. Reúna ahora los artículos esenciales para poder irse. Si no se siente seguro, no espere a una orden de evacuación, salga inmediatamente. Consulte con sus vecinos para asegurarse de que han sido informados de esta alerta.

Si necesita refugio para animales, llame a la SPCA al 831-373-2631.

Para actualizaciones, supervise los medios de comunicación locales, las redes sociales y las alertas Nixle. Llame al 2-1-1 para obtener información. Sólo llame al 9-1-1 si tiene una emergencia potencialmente mortal.

Para ver un mapa de evacuación: https://bit.ly/3Za0Xc0

NWS issues High Wind Advisory

From the Carmel Pine Cone:

Here are some important links:

The National Weather Service Monterey forecast page and forecast discussion page (very informative).

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services.

To sign up for Monterey County emergency alerts and advisories.

PG&E outage map.

CHP traffic incidents and road closures.

Caltrans Monterey County road closures and travel alerts.

Central California weather radar.

Caltrans Highway 1 closure update, 1/8/23

Date:Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 11:15 a.m.
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138      (805) 549-3237




MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – The closure of Highway 1 from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, to just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County remains in place.

Caltrans maintenance crews have responded today to multiple smaller slides inside and just north of the closure area. Some locations remain active, and crews are continuing to clear the roadway. Maintenance crews will continue daytime patrols throughout the closure area.

The gates at Paul’s Slide (PM 22), are closed and will remain closed 24-hours a day.

Caltrans will continue to take advantage of any break in inclement weather to assess road conditions and provide access as long as the conditions are favorable for public travel. We anticipate that an opportunity to reopen this closure may occur sometime in the middle of this week.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon. A significant slide, one mile south of Ragged Point, extends over both lanes of travel. As a result, the highway is impassible at this location and is expected to restrict access to Ragged Point from the south for several weeks.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.

Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov

Traveler information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/