‘BOMB CY­CLONE’ CUTS POWER TO THOU­SANDS

Times Standard (Eureka) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ruth Sch­nei­der rschnei­der@times-stan­dard.com

Hum­boldt County ex­pe­ri­enced a weather wal­lop Tues­day as the storm pro­moted by a San Francisco Bay Area-based Na­tional Weather Ser­vice as a “bomb cy­clone” wreaked havoc.

Power lines were down and thou­sands were with­out power Tues­day af­ter­noon ev­ery­where from Gar­berville to the Or­leans. The largest num­bers of peo­ple af­fected by out­ages were in Ar­cata (4,300); Eu­reka (2,082), Trinidad (1,580) and Hoopa (1,422), ac­cord­ing to Pa­cific Gas and Electric Co. spokesper­son Me­gan Mc­Far­land around 4 p.m. on Tues­day. All of Orick ap­peared to be out as well as large por­tions of Wil­low Creek and, ear­lier in the day, more than 1,000 were af­fected in For­tuna.

She said all of the out­ages were re­lated to the storm.

“Some­times we see downed lines, bro­ken poles,” Mc­Far­land said. “As soon as it’s safe for our crews to make the re­pairs, we will.”

And the storm will con­tinue pound­ing the area, the Eu­reka of­fice of the Na­tional Weather

Ser­vice said Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“We ex­pect the winds to ramp up again (Tues­day) evening around Hum­boldt Bay,” said me­te­o­rol­o­gist Jeff Tonkin.

The main im­pacts will be from wind and hail, which could be prob­lem­atic for mo­torists leav­ing the area for the hol­i­days.

“(There is a) chance of some hail around Hum­boldt Bay and along (U.S. High­way) 101,” said Tonkin. “That would be some­what crit­i­cal in terms of safety.”

He added that snow lev­els could drop to 1,500 feet overnight and some ar­eas of the county were get­ting mul­ti­ple inches of snow.

The storm is ex­pected to have run its course lo­cally by mid-morn­ing to­day.

This re­porter saw downed lines at the In­di­anola Mar­ket, where a tree top­pled onto the lines. Scan­ner traf­fic in­di­cated a tree in outer Eu­reka struck a home on Wil­liams Street that pos­si­bly needed to be evac­u­ated.

On Broad­way in Eu­reka, a tree came down on car driv­ing north­bound, dis­abling and dam­ag­ing the ve­hi­cle but not the driver who was spot­ted just af­ter 12:30 p.m. shout­ing ex­ple­tives as he han­dled the sit­u­a­tion.

“It was a rental car the per­son was driv­ing,” said Brit­tany Pow­ell, a spokesper­son for the Eu­reka Po­lice Depart­ment on Tues­day af­ter­noon. “Our cap­tain helped trans­port the driver to the rental com­pany. We re­quested Cal­trans to re­spond.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just be­low the Broad­way Mo­tel. A man who iden­ti­fied as a man­ager of the mo­tel would not con­firm whether the tree was on the ho­tel’s prop­erty and re­peat­edly asked the Times-Stan­dard to “call back next week.”

Cal­trans, which man­ages Broad­way be­cause it is part of High­way 101, said the tree was not Cal­trans prop­erty.

“It’s pretty early on,” said Cal­trans spokesman Myles Cochrane. “It looks like the tree was not on our prop­erty and we also heard it was a non­in­jury col­li­sion.”

RUTH SCH­NEI­DER — THE TIMES-STAN­DARD

A man shouts in frustratio­n while deal­ing with a car struck by fall­ing branches of a tree on Broad­way on Tues­day af­ter­noon. He ap­peared to be un­in­jured from the in­ci­dent.

RUTH SCH­NEI­DER — THE TIMES-STAN­DARD

A tree struck pow­er­lines at the In­di­anola Mar­ket on Myr­tle Av­enue on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Across the county, there were mul­ti­ple re­ports of downed lines as a re­sult of the storm.

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