Storm Report February 2019 Central Coast

It’s been nearly three months since we’ve done our “normal” ride. You know the one…..down to Pebble Beach and back. With all of the rain and wind we have had the last few weeks there has been a lot of damage down there and we wanted to see it first hand. We were going yesterday and just about to get on the bikes when it started blowing about 25mph (the storm winds were 60-90mph) and pouring rain again😂😂 Enough….Uncle already!! We had to settle on a fast walk between squalls….. but today – today was perfect!!

Doesn’t get much better than this. We could see all the way to Santa Cruz and north to Davenport.
This is the Country Club Gate to Pebble Beach. I’ve posted Jack riding through it several times….not today. Photo by Jeff Hobbs

The gate house is now gone….there was another car on the other side and no one was hurt. Not in their cars or in the building. Amazing. We had to take the Pacific Grove Gate to get in today.

This was a common sight today. We weren’t in the gate ten feet and we started seeing down trees everywhere. Most folks down there were without power for 3-4 days.

I stopped counting down trees at 30! Pt Lobos was also closed for nearly a week because there were 97 down trees on the trails…they don’t know how many further in the forest. Of course they fell on power lines and uprooted water lines. They have had no power or water for the week also. I know when you hear about wind and rain in the Midwest or east you don’t think of it s being an issue but believe me it is. You couldn’t even drive through Carmel for two days because of power lines on the road.

The ultimate irony of all of this is that if you want to thin or cut trees on your property around here it takes nearly an act of god to get a permit. You will be fined if you cut trees without city and county approval. I drive by 80ft trees that are leaning out over the road and they can’t get cut down until something like this happens. Ok…off my band wagon and back to the ride.

This was just inside the gate.
All the same line as above.
More of the same. You get the gist……
Jack taking is life in is own hands.
We went to the lodge for lunch at the new visitor center. We are joined by several other cyclists.
Next up the Lone Cypress. It lost a third of its left side in the storm. The paper said it’s 250 yrs old. You can see the broken limb on the left.
This was online in the news…a before and after.
Heading back home now….still more down trees. They don’t have deep roots and get 50-90ft tall then the ground gets soaked and the wind comes up and over they go.  Most of the ones that go over are Monterey Pines. A few of the Cypress but mostly pines. We passed one spot near Spyglass that had nearly 15 down in one place. Must have been like a wind tunnel…I can’t imagine how loud it was.
Bessie got a bell for Christmas. First time I’ve ridden her since before  that…I was actually a little nervous but after five miles or so we were old pals again.
This is an example of the “tent” houses I’ve mentioned before in Pacific Grove…. they are so tiny but are now wood. This one has an 1890 date I think. ***I just zoomed it the plaque says 1900.

Oh Well, I tried to load a video clip it didn’t work…..how do I do that?

We made it home safe and sound…..that’s my storm report.

Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

13 response to "Storm Report February 2019 Central Coast"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 22, 2019

    Yikes!! We heard of the storms, but no photos like the ones you took. The damage to the Lone Cypress is sad to see.
    Thanks, to both you Bill, and Greg for the personalized photo tours of the storm results.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 22, 2019

    Looks like you got the perfect combination of sustained rain then wind, the pine tree roots get sodden then the whole tree collapses. Here the eucalyptus trees usually just drop limbs in the wind, still dangerous though. Great photos

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 22, 2019

      We have a huge group of eucalyptus on our bike trail believe me there was a ton of bark to ride over.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 22, 2019

    My goodness! What a mess! We had quite a bit of damage around here, but it looks like you lost many more trees. I think Santa Rosa already received twice the average rainfall for February, with more in the forecast. Tired of it! On Sunday I’m shoving the Ogre into the back of the Forester and heading for southern Arizona where I hope it will be warmer with less rain.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 22, 2019

      A friend on FB just posted pictures of snow in Phoenix 😂😂 there is no escape!!

  4. By: gregblood Posted: February 23, 2019

    Those pictures were scary. Snow and cold seem pretty tame compared to the damage powerful winds can cause.

    To answer your question about loading a video: I don’t think you can do it directly. I think you’ll have to upload the video to YouTube first, then you can paste it onto your Cycle365 post. At least that’s how I do it.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 23, 2019

        Hi Janet I did manage to post the Reflective Challenge videos I made directly — saved them to my computer and uploaded them as a normal photos.
        The problem I had was, WordPress didnt like the format from the camera (AVI) so had to find a free format converter, and then it went fine. Converted it to MP4 if I recall.
        VideoPad (wrong, see below) is the one I used, there is a free version.
        And yes, there was some (maybe ALOT) of by Guess and by Gosh and few other comments, but finally got it done.
        Dont know if this will help — hope it does.

        Edit to add:
        Ok, just tried a test of a new post, and yes, the video copied directly — it is an mp4 format.

        Prism Video File Converter!! Free trial.

        • By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 24, 2019

          Thanks for all that info….I just tried loading it directly from my phone. I’ll get there😂😂

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: February 25, 2019

    Glad you could get out for just a little bit at least. That’s certainly a lot of damage. Over here, in rural and regional areas, many people that have some form of heating have woodheaters. You can get a cheap permit to collect wood from roadsides. Storm damage gets cleaned up really quickly by everyone after free wood! Even Council will clear the road itself of downed trees, but just leave all the tree bits by the road knowing people will come along and get it. After a recent supercell storm, Nigel was able to get an entire winter’s worth of wood in one go and he said there were people with chainsaws out along every road he drove down near his place!

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 25, 2019

      Funny you mention free wood…….I don’t often think of this county of MULTI Millionaire’s as a place to find anything free…..but/and there is this one turn out on Hwy 1 near Carmel where anyone can leave and/or collect wood. Sometimes the size of the trees left are so large it takes months for it all to disappear it is pretty full now but being harvested daily….it’s on a section where bikes aren’t allowed so no photos😂

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: March 3, 2019

    Somehow I missed commenting on your post – what a catastrophe! Sitting high and dry here, it’s hard to imagine what it feels like to be in the midst of such violent weather. Thanks for the great pictures. Btw on my computer some are on their side, no idea why, but that’s ok, I just have to tip my head 90°. Good stretching exercise.

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