Though Crescent City received 1.72 inches of rain over the weekend, the wind made more of an impact on Del Norte County with gusts as high as 59 mph recorded on Ship Mountain and 56 mph at the airport on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Stronger wind gusts were recorded in Humboldt County with an area near Petrolia seeing winds of up to 81 mph and Kneeland receiving 56 mph, said meteorologist Scott Carroll on Monday.
In Crescent City, the high winds kept firefighters with Crescent Fire and Rescue busy. Volunteers responded to two fire alarm calls due to power failures, said Fire Chief Bill Gillespie. There were trees down at Washington Boulevard and Lafayette Way and at Sutter Coast Hospital, according to Gillespie. Gillespie said a photo of the tree at the hospital showed that it had pulled the sod out of the planter.
Crescent Fire, as well as members of the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department, also responded to a call on U.S. 199 Saturday for trees falling on the highway, Gillespie said.
“Both departments were reporting a lot of debris in the roadway blowing out of the trees during the height of the wind and there was a tree that came down across the highway,” Gillespie said. “There was a lady she was driving southbound on 199 and saw the tree falling. She hit her brakes and the tree literally took the front emblem off her vehicle and hit the bumper. It was a redwood tree that broke off. Thankfully there were no injuries. Thankfully she wasn’t going a little faster or was a little slower on the brakes. She drove away.”
Fire crews began cutting up the tree and Caltrans reopened the highway “fairly fast,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie said his department also responded to several traffic collisions over the weekend.
“The thing for folks to remember is wintertime roads are slick and there are a lot of debris on the road,” he said. “(They should) slow down.”
Another storm system is expected to move into the Redwood Coast through Wednesday bringing gusty coastal winds and 1 to 3 inches of rain, Carroll said. Crescent City could see wind gusts above advisory criteria, which for elevations below 1,000 feet are sustained winds of 35-40 mph or gusts of 45 to 57 mph, Carroll said.
Meanwhile, 1-3 inches of rain is expected to fall on the Redwood Coast through Wednesday with south-facing mountains receiving 4 or more inches, said meteorologist Scott Carroll on Monday.
“It looks like the rains cut off for the most part on Thursday, though there’ll probably still be lingering showers near Crescent City and to the north,” Carroll said. “Then we get another storm system on Friday.”
The system may bring small stream flooding and may flood some roads with poor drainage, Carroll said. While water levels are expected to increase, rivers aren’t forecasted to flood as a result of this storm, he said.
For more information about the weather forecast, visit www.weather.gov/eka.