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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST FOR MONTEREY, CA
PG&E Electric Outage Center & Storm Safety - including outage map, contact info, outage preparedness and more - or call 1-800-743-5002 
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (MCOES) storm tracker web page.
CalTrans Road Information Call-in number: 1-800-427-7623, https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ (type in a highway number to see current conditions/closures)

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We have stopped updating the January storm event on this page. Please follow the Monterey County resources page at http://tinyurl.com/WinterStormMC
Friday, Jan. 20 Updates:
Wednesday, Jan. 18 Updates:
RECOVERY RESOURCES Winter Storm 2023 Update from Monterey County -
State and local teams have begun and continue to conduct damage assessments in areas of the county impacted by flooding, but the Monterey County Department of Emergency Management has created an additional online survey to be sure all damage information is captured. If your home was impacted by the 2023 Winter Storm Atmospheric Event, please use this personal Damage Assessment Survey to tell the County what type of damage your property experienced. https://arcg.is/1Pefe11

Community Foundation of Monterey County has set up a Storm Relief Fund.
Learn more, including how to donate, at https://www.cfmco.org/impact/montereycountystormrelieffund/

Shelter/disaster population estimate information this morning:
Shelter population:  78 at Midnight 1/18/23
New: the Prunedale Grange emergency shelter will close tonight at 5 pm.
Population impacted by emergency notifications: 5,023 estimate.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Updates:
Update from Monterey County, 1pm: Emergency Notifications Downgraded for Monterey County Communities, Including Pajaro
Forecast Update for Jan. 17 - 23 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF
Most current (updated at 1/16, 3pm) Monterey County Evacuation Warning and Order List:
All orders remain in place until further notice. Residents should be aware they cannot return to an evacuation zone until the orders are lifted.
EVACUATION ORDERS have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Sycamore Flat, Pajaro 
EVACUATION WARNINGS
have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Carmel Valley River, Las Lomas, Moss Landing and Monterey Dunes, Salinas River from Pacific Ocean to Bradley, Salinas - Bolsa Knolls Community (ONE ZONE)

Monday, Jan. 16 Updates:
1:15pm -
Del Monte Avenue is closed in both directions between Sloat Avenue and Camino Aguajito due to damaged power lines from a vehicle accident. Please use other routes at this time.
8am
- Congressman Panetta provides information on federal resources available to residents and businesses impacted by the storms.

Sunday, Jan. 15 Updates:
12:30pm -
Polk Street at Alvarado is now open. It was closed overnight due to issues from the rain at the Pacific Valley bank building at that intersection. Calle Principal remains closed.
9am - Forecast Update for Jan. 15 - 18 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF | Special Shelter and Support Resources
From Monterey County - Here is shelter/disaster population estimate information this morning:
Shelter population:  114 at Midnight 1/15/23 - *Of note, the Sherwood Hall and King City High School Gym shelters are closing at 4:00 pm today.  MST is providing transportation to those residents who plan to move to other shelters. Population impacted by emergency notifications: 20,038 estimate.
Most current (updated at 1/15, 9am) Monterey County Evacuation Warning and Order List:
All orders remain in place until further notice. Residents should be aware they cannot return to an evacuation zone until the orders are lifted.
EVACUATION ORDERS
have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Sycamore Flat, Carmel Valley River, Pajaro, Salinas River from Pacific Ocean to Highway 68, Spreckels, Chualar to parts of Gonzales, San Lorenzo Park, King City to San Lucas 
EVACUATION WARNINGS
have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Las Lomas, Moss Landing and Monterey Dunes, Big Sur River, Carmel Area to Carmel Valley, Salinas - Bolsa Knolls Community, Salinas - Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park
Salinas - Rancho Salinas Mobile Home Park, Parts of Gonzales to King City, San Antonio Park, San Lucas to San Ardo, Salinas Valley South of San Ardo

Saturday, Jan. 14 Updates:
Update at 7pm -
Polk St. that leads into Alvarado at the intersection where the damaged building is will remain closed overnight, as well as Pearl St. between Calle P and Alvarado. Please use caution and watch for signage if you need to drive or walk near that area.
1:15pm -
Partial collapse of Pacific Valley Bank on Alvarado. Area evacuated. Engineers on scene working to secure the building. Hartnell and Calle Principal is also blocked for safety.
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At 7 pm tonight - thanks to crews for securing the area:
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1pm - Highway 68 and Highway 1 Remain Open Under Continuous Monitoring During High Flow Event - News release from Caltrans
9am -
The @PGE4Me  outage map is showing much of Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove out of power. Tree down on Casanova Ave in Monterey - crews on their way. Also follow http://tinyurl.com/WinterStormMC
Most current (updated at 1/13, 9pm) Monterey County Evacuation Warning and Order List:
All orders remain in place until further notice. Residents should be aware they cannot return to an evacuation zone until the orders are lifted.
EVACUATION ORDERS have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Sycamore Flat, Pajaro, Salinas River from Pacific Ocean to Highway 68, Spreckels, Chualar to parts of Gonzales, San Lorenzo Park, King City to San Lucas 
EVACUATION WARNINGS have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Moss Landing and Monterey Dunes, Big Sur River, Carmel Area to Carmel Valley, Carmel by the Sea, Salinas - Bolsa Knolls Community, Salinas - Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park Salinas - Rancho Salinas Mobile Home Park, Parts of Gonzales to King City, San Antonio Park, San Lucas to San Ardo, Salinas Valley South of San Ardo   

Friday, Jan. 13 Updates:
Forecast Update for Jan. 13 - 19 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF
FROM MCOES:
Shelter population:  114  total overnight - Population impacted by emergency notifications: 17,356 estimate. You will notice this number different than yesterday. We are refining our process of getting these estimates to get a better picture.
Reservoir data: Lake Nacimiento: 76% capacity ( was 42% January 7th); Lake San Antonio: 27% capacity ( was 15% January 7th)
Most current (updated at 11 am) Monterey County Evacuation Warning and Order List:
All orders remain in place until further notice. Residents should be aware they cannot return to an evacuation zone until the orders are lifted.
EVACUATION ORDERS
have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Sycamore Flat, Pajaro, Salinas River from Pacific Ocean to Highway 68, Spreckels, Chualar to parts of Gonzales, San Lorenzo Park, King City to San Lucas 
San Lucas to San Ardo
EVACUATION WARNINGS
have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Big Sur River, Carmel Area to Carmel Valley, Carmel by the Sea, Salinas - Bolsa Knolls Community, Salinas - Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park, Salinas - Rancho Salinas Mobile Home Park, Parts of Gonzales to King City, San Antonio Park, Salinas Valley South of San Ardo 

Thursday, Jan. 12 Updates:
11:45 am -
Special Shelter and Support Resources
7:45 am -
Caltrans News Release - Salinas River Bridge in Soledad is stable and will remain open during current high flow event Shelter/disaster population estimate information this morning: Shelter population: 114 total overnight, most at Monterey Fairgrounds, Sherwood Hall and Prunedale.
Population impacted by emergency notifications: 27,700 estimate.

Monterey County Evacuation Warning and Order List:
All orders remain in place until further notice. Residents should be aware they cannot return to an evacuation zone until the orders are lifted.
EVACUATION ORDERS have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Sycamore Flat, Pajaro, Salinas River from Pacific Ocean to Highway 68, Spreckels, Chualar to parts of Gonzales, San Lorenzo Park, King City to San Lucas, San Lucas to San Ardo
EVACUATION WARNINGS have been issued for the low-lying areas adjacent to the following rivers and creeks:
Big Sur River, Carmel Area to Carmel Valley, Carmel by the Sea, Salinas - Bolsa Knolls Community, Salinas - Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park, Salinas - Rancho Salinas Mobile Home Park, Parts of Gonzales to King City, San Antonio Park, Salinas Valley South of San Ardo 

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Updates:
7:00 pm - County News Release, Salinas River Flooding Update - How the Monterey Peninsula May Be Impacted - see the related City email to residents
4:30 pm -
Forecast Update for Jan. 12 - 18 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Updates:
4:15 pm -
Forecast Update for Jan. 11 - 17 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF
3 pm -
An updated list of emergency notifications from @MontereyCoDEM is posted at https://tinyurl.com/WinterStormMC - All orders remain in place until further notice. Please pay attention to evacuation warnings & follow all evacuation orders. Residents cannot return until the orders are lifted.
8:15 am -
Forecast Update for Jan. 10 - 16 - Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF

Monday, Jan. 9 Updates:
12:45 pm -
Current Road Closures in #Monterey: Iris Canyon between Via Mirada and El Dorado due to risk of flooding; Partial closure of Cuesta Vista due to power line down; Skyline Drive at Skyline Forest Drive IS NOW OPEN, as of 2:30 pm.
11:00 am -
Sand bags are still available at several Fire department sites in Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel.
9:45 am
- With power out in Monterey to quite a number of residents, if you need to CHARGE YOUR PHONE, El Estero Park Center at 777 Pearl Street is open from 10:30 am to 4 pm today for that purpose. Call 831-646-3873 with questions. Bring your own charger! Check the PGE Outage map for when your power should be restored - https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/
9:15 am - The City of Monterey activated the Emergency Operations Center at 7:30 am to manage the storm impacts. We will continue to send updates. Please report issues to 9-1-1, or for nonemergency reports, please Monterey PoliceDispatch at 831-646-3914. Current status: reports of trees down, widespread power outages, rain continuing for the next few hours, but winds have died down.
8:00 am - The City of Monterey activated the Emergency Operations Center at 7:30 am this morning, 1/9, to manage the storm impacts. We will continue to send updates. Please report issues to 9-1-1, or for nonemergency reports, please call @MontereyPolice Dispatch at 831-646-3914.

4:45 am - tree down at Via Mirada; power outage downtown #Monterey, affecting traffic lights. Watch for 4 way stops. Essential travel only. Heavy wind gusts and rain.

Jan 6, Forecast Update for Jan. 7 - 11 -
Graphics from the National Weather Service in PDF of what to expect and how to prepare
Jan 6, 4 p.m. -
Via Esperanza in the Monte Vista neighborhood is closed to thru traffic due to storm impacts. Residents are still able to access Via Esperanza. Iris Canyon between Via Mirada and El Dorado will close during the heavy rain events. Please drive safely & obey warning signs. Road conditions may change as crews monitor the site.
Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m. -
Iris Canyon next to Monterey Peninsula College is currently closed due to flooding; no current issues with trees down in Monterey; outfalls and drainage all operational; no damage reported at the Harbor; Ocean View Blvd in Pacific Grove is closed due to high waves; Highway One South near Monastery Beach is closed as well; the Sheriff's Office has ordered an evacuation of the Carmel River Lagoon area of Carmel (not Mission Fields); PG&E currently has a number of outages that are storm related impacted approximately 6,425 customers within Monterey County and the cities within.
National Weather Service Forecast - Light rain through the day, dry tomorrow (Fri) and Sat/Sun with rain intensifying late Sunday into Monday. Winds like we had last night are not anticipated, however high surf conditions will remain, so avoid coastal areas.

Jan. 4, 2023 at 2:15 p.m. -
Two trees are down at Skyline Drive and Greenwood Way. One tree has fallen on Skyline and one tree has fallen on Greenwood. TREE CREWS ON SCENE. Please limit non-essential travel.
Jan 4, 2023, 10 am updates from the National Weather Service:

  • The Monterey area should have a break in the rain until approximately 3:00 p.m. today. The heaviest rains will arrive between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Rain will continue with the possibility of scattered thunderstorms from tomorrow morning until late tomorrow afternoon.
  • Wind gusts are expected to reach a maximum of 46 mph.
  • A second system is anticipated this weekend, with rain on Saturday and early next week. More details on this system will be shared later in the week once forecast confidence levels increase.

DURING AND BEFORE THE STORM

  • Monterey County Office of Emergency Services storm tracker web page.
  • Storm system expected week of January 2, 2023 - The City of Monterey Public Works, along with Monterey Police and Fire, are working around the clock to prepare for the storms, minimize disruptions, and keep people safe.
  • Monterey Peninsula Sandbag Sites - CALL FIRST - (note: sand and bags available but you must fill yourself) - Station No. 11 – 600 Pacific Street, Monterey (831) 646-3905- Station No. 12 – 582 Hawthorne Street, Monterey (831) 646-3906 and - Station No. 13 – 401 Dela Vina Avenue, Monterey (831) 646-3907 - Carmel Youth Center - Torres Street & Fourth Avenue, Carmel (831) 620-2000 - Pacific Grove Fire Station - 400 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 242-8733
  • Monterey County Road Conditions and Closures
  • PG&E Electric Outage Center & Storm Safety - including outage map, contact info, outage preparedness and more - or call 1-800-743-5002
  • Monterey County Winter Storm Preparedness Website

WHAT IS THE CITY DOING TO PREPARE?

When a major emergency happens within city limits, the City of Monterey will likely open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is located in a secure facility where City departments can work closely together to coordinate the emergency response, allocate resources, and support management of the incident. City staff conduct regular training drills to prepare for various emergencies, including storms.

If the EOC is activated, the latest information on the situation will be posted on the City website, as soon as it is available. The City will also use the media, Alert! Monterey County, Twitter and other methods to get information out quickly to the public.

Power Outages

  • Have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
  • If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication - have a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone or pager ready as a back up.
  • If the situation creates a power outage, please tune your radio to: Radio 1610 AM - Your Information Station The recorded message is updated regularly during emergency situations.

Stormy Weather Safety Tips

  • Treat all downed power lines as if they are "live" or energized. Keep yourself and others away from them. Call 911, then notify PG&E at (800) 743-5002.
  • Use battery-operated flashlights, not candles.
  • Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to our crews.
  • Unplug or turn off all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.

Checking Utilities

  • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
  • If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.

BEFORE THE STORM


After the Storm