Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SECOND UPDATE: Incoming Storm Brings Flood Watch, Wind/High Surf Advisories

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:10 AM

click to enlarge Centerville Road overrun by surf on Dec. 17.  The road will be closed Thursday at 5  a.m. until Friday at 7 a.m. - COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
  • County of Humboldt
  • Centerville Road overrun by surf on Dec. 17. The road will be closed Thursday at 5 a.m. until Friday at 7 a.m.

A Small Stream Flood Advisory was issued just before 5 p.m. today for Southern Humboldt, which is in effect until 7:15 p.m.


The county has pushed back its closure of Centerville Road to 5 a.m. Thursday and continuing until 7 a.m. Friday due to hazardous surf.


As you may have heard, a big winter storm is heading our way today bringing the usual ensemble of rain, heavy winds and high surf.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 to 10 p.m. today, while a high surf advisory goes into effect at 5 a.m. Thursday and will continue to 5 a.m. on Friday with “rapid building waves up to 30 feet" forecast. The National Weather Service expects the highest surf to hit along west and southwest facing beaches.

For the latest information about specific areas of Humboldt, visit the National Weather Service website here and enter a city or ZIP code in the top left-hand corner search box.

“Heavy rain will result in sharp rises on main stem rivers as well as smaller streams and creeks through Thursday,” according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service advisory. “A few thunderstorms tonight will contain heavy downpours and brief small hail.”

Southern Humboldt will be under a flood watch from 6 p.m. today until tomorrow morning with the Eel River expected to “rise tonight and Thursday, cresting Thursday afternoon or Thursday night,” the weather service states.

The county sent out a notice this morning stating that Centerville Road will be closed at 9 p.m. today and remain so until 6 a.m. Friday “due to hazardous surf conditions.”

Read the updated release from the county of Humboldt:

Centerville Road P.M. 4.62 at Humboldt County Park will be closing at 5 am on January 17, 2019 until Friday January 18, 2019 at 7 am, due to hazardous surf conditions. Remember do not attempt to cross deep standing water on any road way as it can cause vehicle damage or put individuals in harm’s way.
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