Storm moving south after flooding and downed trees

December 14, 2021

Rockslide on Highway 1 in Monterey County


The strong storm system that reached the Central Coast at the start of this week brought flooding, downed trees, rockslides and power outages to San Luis Obispo County. The storm is now headed south.

In a span of 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday afternoons, most of San Luis Obispo County received between one and four inches of rain. The rain particularly soaked the San Luis Obispo area.

Camp San Luis recorded the highest rainfall total countywide, receiving more than 7 inches. The South Portal location north of the California Men’s Colony received about five inches. The Los Osos Landfill and Rocky Butte in North County each received about four inches.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, a car became stuck in flooding on the Highway 101 north offramp at Santa Rosa Street, where the road was completely flooded.

There were strong wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. The storm downed multiple trees and caused rockslides on the Central Coast, including on Highway 1 in southern Monterey County.

On Thursday, a storm is expected to bring moderate winds of 13 to 24 miles per hour and light rain.


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That was awesome power. Keep it coming. Wet weather now through March will make for beautiful wildflowers this Spring. It could be a great summer with full reservoirs, recreation and the regeneration of our groundwater basins. I hope it also leads to a later start to fire season and a well-deserved extended rest for all of the firefighters. Enjoy every drop. It’s a gift from above.