(08:40) Santa Cruz County - A Sig-alert has been issued for Highway 1 near Davenport in Santa Cruz County. The roadway has been closed due to downed trees, wires and mudslides. The closure is at mile post 35.49, near Swanton Road. There is no estimated time when the road will reopen. We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.
(06:25) Central Coast - Weather conditions have created power outages across the central coast. PG&E reported that as of 5:30 this morning over 33,000 customers are without power. All schools in the North Monterey County unified school district as well as Bonny Doon elementary school will be closed today. There is no estimated time of when power will be restored. We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.
BAY AVENUE AT ESCALONA DRIVE IN SANTA CRUZ IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST TOMORROW. THAT AFTER A TREE WAS DISCOVERED LEANING OVER THE NORTHBOUND LANE. A TREE COMPANY TOLD THE CITY ITS TOO DARK AND UNSAFE TO TRY AND FELL THE TREE TONIGHT. DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THIS AREA.
ALL SCHOOLS IN THE NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY.
MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN SALINAS, CARMEL, AND THE ROYAL OAKS AREA OF NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY, AND VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN SAN BENITO COUNTY. THE BOLSA KNOLLS NEIGHBORHOOD IN SALINAS WAS EVACUATED THIS MORNING; AND THE CARMEL RIVER CRESTED ITS BANKS AROUND 3 P-M, LEADING TO BOTH AN EVACUATION THERE, AND THE OPENING OF AN EVACUATION CENTER AT CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL, WHICH IS LOCATED AT 4389 CARMEL VALLEY ROAD. THE S-P-C-A OF MONTEREY COUNTY WILL ASSIST WITH THE EVACUATIONS OF LARGE ANIMALS.
Residents stranded in the Big Sur area (south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge) can only get to and from their homes via helicopter right now. Specialized Helicopter is offering rides to and from Post Ranch Inn and the Monterey Regional Airport. The cost of the ride is $780, which can be split by up to 3 people. Unfortunately there is no separate luggage compartment, so bag space is limited. For more information call specialized helicopter at (831) 763-2244.
Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is completely closed indefinitely now (even to pedestrians crossing), due to the fact that the bridge moved more than 7 inches over the weekend.
Travelers worked together to clear Highway 17 this afternoon. That after a large tree fell, blocking all 4 lanes near the summit. Between drivers, passengers and emergency crews (once they arrived on the scene), they were able to clear the northbound lanes by 4 p.m., and the southbound lanes by 4:30 p.m.
A 16 year-old Santa Cruz boy was transported to a Bay Area Trauma Center today. That after he was shot in what appeared to be a gang-related shooting on the Westside of Santa Cruz.