Had a rough day today? Want to connect with folks in the community to re-energize? There is a 'celebration of unity through food, art and auction' at 5:30pm at West Marin School with a potluck, bilingual speakers and conversation.
"Badger crossing on B Street in Point Reyes, near Cowgirl Creamery, just now. I didn't get a pic as I had my arms full of newborn, but I'm pretty sure Dr. Whitt snapped one. He was headed towards the lawn. Is it good luck if a badger crosses your path?" - via Laughty
Expect the planes to be back on Sunday. "Five C-17 Globemaster III transport jets took off Saturday morning from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield to practice in-flight refueling and formation flying, said Technical Sgt. John Ayre, a spokesman at Travis. Crews from the South Carolina base where the C-17s are based were in the Bay Area to collaborate with California-based pilots and train together. It appears they did some training over the coastline and then took a non-standard route, Ayre said. From the sounds of it, they requested to do a little bit of a flyover over the Golden Gate,” he said." (Thx SP) LINK: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Noisy-Air-Force-transport-jets-startle-Marin-10858353.php
The torrential downpours and flooding we've seen lately might be good for the parched, drought-stricken lands of California, but it's disastrous for endangered salmon. In the North Bay, creeks are muddy and swirling, raging torrents that destroy neatly-laid salmon eggs and provide no shelter for salmon coming in to spawn. "We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away," said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. "We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows. LINK: "http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-recent-storms-are-devastating-10854297.php
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AF) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow TWMF on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AN) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow is on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
If you're on SFD tonight: "Base of whites hill, fairfax side, water mud and rocks are spread over road from a small creek that jumped its bed. Right at Lefty Gomez field. It's gotten worse in the last hour, and now folks are out with shovels to fix but hard to see in dark. Comes up sudden, since many take that route on SFD, might mention." (Thx LP)
STORM UPDATES: All Shorline Schools out early today (2pm)... ETA for power restoration on the Point Reyes Mesa and Hwy 1 area is not before 3pm... power out for most of the park... Traffic controls in place at Tomasini Canyon road for PGE work and water on the road in Tomales (thx LM)
Via CHPMarin: "Alert!! Lucas Valley Rd just east of Nicasio Valley Rd is down to one lane due to a small slide. We are currently on scene with the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Department of Public Works to evaluate. We are conducting one way traffic control while a plan to fix the road is developed. There is currently no ETA to have the entire roadway open. If you need to get to or from West Marin, use either Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Novato Blvd. as an alternate."
"Per AT&T customer phone service a tower near Samuel P is "degraded due to storm" Crews are repairing it and hope to restore service by 3:00 a.m. Meanwhile wireless still works fir email and texting ." (Thx RD)
ROAD CLOSED: Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Dr and Nicasio Valley Road
Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Drive and Nicasio Valley Road due to downed trees and power lines. PG&E has been called and will respond to the location to handle the lines. Once they have been rendered safe the tree can be cleared from the road. There is no ETO at this time.
Drivers wishing to travel to or from this area of West Marin are encouraged to take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Nicasio Valley Road.
Ok, hopefully by now you know that this weekend is going to bring SERIOUS rain. A flood alert has already been issued: North Bay Flash Flood Watch from 1/7/2017 4:00 PM to 1/8/2017 7:00 PM. This is a MAJOR storm. Please prepare now, make sure you're prepared for power outages, stock up on food, charge cel phones, go talk to your neighbors, etc. I compiled some emergency resources in this list: http://thewestmarinfeed.com/resources.php feel free to add others in the comments here and I'll update. TWMF will be providing updates as they come in, you can always contact us with updates via Facebook or text me at 415-786-4703.
Paul Korhummel won the Sunrise Contest of the Year and its only January 6th. Incredible shot. I knew it was special this morning, but my car windows were iced shut and I couldn't rally. Great job Paul!
Wind has gone next level now in Inverness. Just heard a report that a tree is down blocking a lane on Sir Francis Drake right before the boatel in Inverness (thx MM). NWS says this system will be strong until midnight and hopefully taper off after that.
Two great interviews on KWMR today with Dan Eilerman, the Assistant County Administrator and Doug Pittman, the Marin County Sheriff, about what effects the new administration may have on local affairs. Pittman also discusses the legality of people living in their cars in areas like Point Reyes and Bolinas. A very informative series. LINK: http://kwmr.org/broadcasts/6725
The shuttle begins on Saturday! "Gray whales and elephant seals will be a main attraction for visitors in the coming weeks along the Point Reyes coastline, while scientists ponder whether humpbacks could appear again in San Francisco Bay in the spring in another “Whale-palooza” event. The Point Reyes National Seashore will begin offering a shuttle to view the whale and elephant seal activity beginning Saturday and running through early April. The bus can be boarded from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, running in good weather on weekends and holidays. Children 15 and younger are free, with the cost for adults at $7." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20161226/point-reyes-migrating-whales-return-to-action-after-last-seasons-phenomenon
STORM UPDATES: Deputies in West Marin reporting Platform Bridge Rd near Sir Francis Drake Blvd under several feet of water. Highway 1 between Pt Reyes Station to Olema reported as currently "impassible" by sheriff's deputies due to flooding.
STORM UPDATES: Sheriff's deputies working side by side with residents evacuating their homes along Castro St in Forest Knolls/Lagunitas due to flooding. Lucas Valley Road will be closed until tomorrow morning.
ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: Rt. 1 in Tomales is closed. Lucas Valley Road is closed due to powerlines down. Rt. 1 at Olema is also closed due to flooding and the Green Barn in Point Reyes is also flooding. Facebook stinks for rapid updates because they don't show updates by time they were posted. For up-to-date info, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at our web site at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
"NORTH BAY: Hwy 1 at Tomales Rd.....The road is flooded (3 feet of water) and at least one vehicle is reportedly stuck on the roadway." - Reports are that hwy 1 is closed at Tomales, plan accordingly. Do not drive through standing water!
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas in Marin County. This advisory is in effect until 6:00 AM PST Thursday
Heavy rain will develop tonight and continue Thursday. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory area. This advisory will be extended through Thursday morning. If conditions worsen it may need to be upgraded to an urban and small stream flood warning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. (Thx RD)