Cambria weathering storm; one road briefly blocked by fallen tree

betling@thetribunenews.com, ktanner@thetribunenews.comFebruary 28, 2014 

A San Luis Obispo County road crew controls traffic on Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria on Friday morning. The crew is finishing up after clearing a fallen tree from the road in front of the Fireside Inn.

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A toppled tree briefly blocked Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria on Friday morning, but otherwise the town emerged from overnight rain and wind relatively unscathed, according to early reports.

About 0.9 inches of rain fell in Cambria overnight, starting at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The heaviest rain and highest wind gust, about 25 mph, happened between 2 and 3 a.m. Friday, according to a weather station at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast in Cambria.

The peak wind gust at Piedras Blancas, north of San Simeon, was 41 mph at about 3:30 a.m.

The overnight total at Michele Oksen's residence near 3,400-foot Rocky Butte, about 6 miles north of Cambria along the ridge of the Santa Lucia Range, was about 1.5 inches, she said. Winds were high enough so that "my solar panels went flying," she said in a tweet.

No damage was reported at Hearst Castle, according to State Parks district Superintendent Nick Franco. "We're prepared, and we're waiting," Franco said.

About 10 PG&E vehicles, including a mobile command unit equipped with a satellite dish for communications, stood by on a Cambria roadside Friday morning, ready to respond to any reports of downed wires or power outages.

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