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HWY 1 is open

Hello Big Sur!

As expected, Caltrans was out at first light and Highway 1 is now open, free and clear in both directions.

Be safe. Buckle up!

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com

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Hello Big Sur!

8:30 PM
Just received a call from Eric DeGroodt, Caltrans District 5 Supervisor for the Big Sur area. There has a been a small rockslide on Highway 1 at MM 34.4 and the Highway will be closed overnight between MM 42 (Fullers) and MM 10 (Willow Springs Yard). It doesn’t sound like it is a bad slide but CHP recommended for safety, closing the Highway. Caltrans will have crews out at first light to clear the road.

At the moment, CHP website is indicating Highway 1 is closed from Rio Road to San Luis Obispo County line. I told Eric about this and he called CHP to have them update the CAD website to indicate where the actual closures are located. The electronic sign at Rio Road should read “Highway 1 closed 30 miles south. All Businesses Open”.

Be safe and buckle up!

Regards,
Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com

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Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
557 AM PST SUN FEB 8 2015

CAZ006-505>513-517-528>530-090600-
SAN FRANCISCO-
COASTAL NORTH BAY…INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-
SAN FRANCISCO BAY SHORELINE-SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-
EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE-
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-SANTA CLARA VALLEY…INCLUDING SAN JOSE-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY…HOLLISTER VALLEY…AND CARMEL VALLEY-
NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-
557 AM PST SUN FEB 8 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND
MONTEREY BAY AREA.

.DAY ONE…SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL SPREAD RAIN ACROSS THE SAN FRANCISCO
BAY AREA AND MONTEREY BAY AREA ON SUNDAY. RAIN COULD BE HEAVY AT
TIMES…ESPECIALLY FROM LATE SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH AFTERNOON.
THUNDERSTORMS ARE A GOOD POSSIBILITY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND
EVENING. THESE THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE SMALL HAIL AND STRONG
GUSTY WINDS. SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL TAPER OFF ON
SUNDAY NIGHT. RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT WILL RANGE FROM
2 TO 3 INCHES IN THE COASTAL HILLS AND FROM 0.5 TO 1.5 INCHES
ELSEWHERE. MINOR URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING MAY OCCUR DURING
THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL…ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.

IN ADDITION TO THE RAINFALL AND THUNDERSTORMS…STRONG AND GUSTY
SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL OCCUR ON SUNDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING.
SOUTHERLY WIND GUSTS FROM 35 TO 45 MPH ARE LIKELY ALONG THE COAST
AND IN THE HILLS SUNDAY AND EARLY SUNDAY EVENING BEFORE WINDS
TAPER SUNDAY NIGHT. LOCAL WIND GUSTS OF 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE. A
WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM PST SUNDAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

SHOWERS WILL LINGER THROUGH MONDAY MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF
MONDAY AFTERNOON. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD IN FROM TUESDAY
THROUGH SATURDAY…PRODUCING DRY AND MILD WEATHER.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS PER STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

$$

Wind Advisory
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
350 AM PST SUN FEB 8 2015

CAZ006-505>513-517-528>530-090600-
/O.CON.KMTR.WI.Y.0002.150208T1500Z-150209T0600Z/
SAN FRANCISCO-
COASTAL NORTH BAY…INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-
SAN FRANCISCO BAY SHORELINE-SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-
EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE-
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-SANTA CLARA VALLEY…INCLUDING SAN JOSE-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY…HOLLISTER VALLEY…AND CARMEL VALLEY-
NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-
350 AM PST SUN FEB 8 2015

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO
10 PM PST THIS EVENING…

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM
PST THIS EVENING FOR THE ENTIRE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND MOST
OF THE MONTEREY BAY AREA.

* TIMING: SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* WINDS: SUSTAINED SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP
TO 45 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE AT HIGHER
ELEVATIONS. STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST AND IN
THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY STRONGER WINDS MAY OCCUR NEAR
INTENSE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

* IMPACTS: POTENTIAL FOR DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES RESULTING
IN POWER OUTAGES. IN ADDITION…DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL BE
DIFFICULT AT TIMES.

* LOCATIONS: THE ENTIRE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. SANTA CRUZ
COUNTY…NORTHERN AND WESTERN MONTEREY COUNTY…NORTHWEST SAN
BENITO COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OF AT LEAST 45 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING
DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA
CAUTION.

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From: Grant Leonard [mailto:grant@tamcmonterey.org]
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2015 11:40 AM
To: Grant Leonard
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: TAMC Cone Zone Report for February 8 – February 15

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015

District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties

Contact: Grant Leonard (TAMC)

Phone: (831) 775-4402

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE

TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR February 8 –

February 15

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, February 8 through Sunday, February 15, 2015 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Multiple Locations: February 9 – February 13

Daytime work along Highway 1 at multiple locations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The locations are:
Pfeiffer Burns State Park to Nepenthe (North Entrance) for drainage clearing.
Big Sur Maintenance Station to Hurricane Point for drainage clearing.
Arroyo Del Mar to Yankee Point Drive/Mal Paso for shoulder work.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 68 – Toro Park: February 9 – February 13

Night time utility work along eastbound and westbound Highway 68 between San Benancio Road and Quail Ridge Lane from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes

Highway 101 – Greenfield to Soledad: February 9 – 13

Daytime median barrier work along Highway 101 between Espinosa Road and Arroyo Seco Road from 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Motorists should expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 101 – Salinas: February 10

Daytime paving on the southbound Highway 101 Boronda Road off-ramp from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Motorists should expect delays of approximately 5 minutes.

Highway 101 – Prunedale Improvement Project: February 8 – February 13

Night work will result in alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound Highway 101 at the following locations from 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The locations are:
Between Boronda Road and Ralph Lane.
Between Vierra Canyon Road and Tustin Road.
Between Mallory Canyon Road and Echo Valley Road.
The Crazy Horse Canyon Interchange northbound and southbound on-ramps and off-ramps.
Motorists should expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 183 – Castroville to Salinas: February 11 – February 13

Daytime paving along Highway 183 between Old Cemetery Road and Espinosa Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes

Abbott Street Water Line Replacement Project

Waterline installation along the Abbott Street/Harkins Road/Dayton Street corridor may result in lane closures and traffic control.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes

Hitchcock Road Closure: January 15 – February 13

Hitchcock Road is temporarily closed between Davis Road and Highway 68 for work on the City of Salinas Wastewater Line Project.
Detour signs are in place.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

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Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

(805) 549-3237

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Weather Advisory in Effect

Detailed Forecast
Overnight A 10 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 14 mph.
Friday A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday Night Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 57. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Saturday Showers, mainly before 4pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 63. South southeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Saturday Night Rain, mainly after 4am. Low around 56. Southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday Rain. High near 64. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Sunday Night Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 65.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65.
Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 52.

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Mid Coast Fire Brigade
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Please note that the storm rain totals are increasing for our area. Cities should be prepared for urban flooding. Big Sur Coast could higher amounts.

Overview

A powerful storm system remains on track to impact the San Francisco/Monterey Bay Region beginning on Thursday and continuing through the weekend. The greatest concern will be across the North Bay due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall that will likely lead to flash flooding and minor flooding of small streams and low lying areas. In addition, strong and gusty southerly winds will increase the threat for down trees which may result in isolated power outages.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE

· High for the overall storm system.

· Moderate to high: areas of heaviest rainfall and strongest wind speeds. (there is some potential that system may stall and produce higher rain totals)

UPDATED INFORMATION

· Flash Flood Watch for the North Bay to begin late Thursday night.

· Wind Advisory for a portion of the region from early Friday morning through late Friday Night.

· Minor adjustments to rainfall amounts.

· Slight chance of thunderstorms to the forecast for Friday afternoon and evening.

VIDEO BRIEFING: http://youtu.be/c9tY7ENmYRs

TIMING

RAIN

· North Bay: Begins Thursday with moderate to heavy rainfall expected late Thursday Night into Friday Afternoon.

· SF Bay Area: Begins Friday Morning with heavy rainfall at times during the afternoon commute.

· Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay Area: Begins Friday Afternoon.

After a brief lull in rainfall on Saturday, more rainfall is expected Sunday into early Monday morning.

WIND

Southerly winds increase late Thursday night.
Winds strongest early Friday through evening hours. especially over the Santa Cruz Mountains inland to the East Bay Hills and points northward.

LOCATIONS

· North Bay (heaviest rain in area) 3″ to 6″ will be possible with the potential for upwards of 10″ in the coastal ranges through Monday.

· Coastal mountains (Santa Cruz and Monterey County) are expected to pick up 3″ to 6″ with isolated higher amounts.

· Urban areas of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region can expect 2″ to 4″ of rainfall while the southern interior will likely receive less than 2″. Please see attached graphics for more details.

IMPACTS

*Current Watches/Warnings/Advisories:

· Flash Flood Watch in effect for late Thursday Night through Saturday Morning.

Flash Flood Watch for the Following Areas:

Coastal North Bay including Point Reyes National Seashore

North Bay Interior Valleys

North Bay Mountains

· Wind Advisory in effect for early Friday Morning through early Saturday Morning.

Wind Advisory for the Following Areas:

San Francisco

Coastal North Bay including Point Reyes National Seashore

North Bay Interior Valleys

North Bay Mountains

San Francisco Bay Shoreline

San Francisco Peninsula Coast

East Bay Interior Valleys

East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Clara Valley including San Jose

· For all current watch/warning/advisories: http://1.usa.gov/1boSTTW

*Impact 1 (Rain) :

· Rain will begin over the North Bay on Thursday and then progress southward through our entire area on Friday.

· After a lull in precipitation on Saturday, additional rainfall is likely Sunday into early Monday.

· Isolated amounts especially for coastal ranges will likely be even higher.

· Local flooding is possible especially for North Bay Valley spots plus intersections with poor drainage. Rain will likely be heavy at times.

*Impact 2 (Wind):

· Wind will increase through the day on Thursday with gusty conditions expected late Thursday through Friday.

· Southwesterly winds will locally gust in excess of 40 mph for areas north of Monterey Bay.

· Higher elevation spots could see gusts over 60 mph. Some trees could be toppled which may lead to power outages and road hazards.

*Impact 3 (Marine & Coastal Flooding):

· Hazardous conditions are expected across most of the coastal waters due to gusty southwesterly winds and building seas. For detailed marine advisories, please visit the following link: http://1.usa.gov/1boSTTW

· At this time, it appears coastal flooding will not be a widespread threat as high tides during this event are forecast to be lower than during the previous storm event. Excessive runoff during high tides may cause minor issues, especially in areas prone to coastal flooding in Marin County on the bay-side.

*Impact 4 (Slick Roadways):

· Due to the extended period of dry weather, the first round of rain will make roads very slick which could make for much longer than normal commute times.

· The Friday Morning commute will likely be greatly impacted for the North Bay.

· The Friday Afternoon commute will be impacted for the the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

REQUESTED INFORMATION

· We are interested in what actions you may take as a result of this approaching storm system.

· We also request information on storm damage caused by the strong winds or issues related to flooding.

· Please send reports and photos by replying to this email message or by calling our office.


Cheryl Goetz
Fire Chief
Mid Coast Fire Brigade
831-625-8175

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Today’s Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa

Cruz Counties

Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 RAMP CLOSURES IN SAND CITY THIS WEEK

MONTEREY COUNTY – The northbound No. 2 lane of Hwy. 1 will be closed from just north of the Hwy. 1/218 on-ramp to the northbound Fremont Blvd/Del Monte Blvd off-ramp beginning Monday, Feb. 2 through Thursday, Feb. 5 from 9 am until 12 noon.

This lane closure is necessary to repair and reconstruct a failed highway embankment due to the heavy rain this winter.

The contractor for this $281,000 emergency project is Monterey Peninsula Engineering of Marina, CA.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

(805) 549-3237

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