The Cambrian

Cambria dodges weather bullet in first good soaking storm

As of midday Tuesday, Dec. 4, a large, multi-trunked tea tree on West Street was the only reported Cambria victim of the five-day storm siege that soaked Cambria with slightly more than 2 inches of rain between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. More information on Page 4.
As of midday Tuesday, Dec. 4, a large, multi-trunked tea tree on West Street was the only reported Cambria victim of the five-day storm siege that soaked Cambria with slightly more than 2 inches of rain between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. More information on Page 4.

Storm damage from the recent storm was light on the North Coast.

Hearst Castle officials closed the historic-house museum to public tours about noon Nov. 28, due to hazards posed by broken branches and twigs blown about by stiff winds.

Fire Chief Mark Miller said Monday, Dec. 3, that in town, “The storms’ wind speeds didn’t get up high enough to blow down lots of trees, so we were lucky.”

Rocky Butte, northeast of Cambria, was drenched with 8.54 inches in the set of storms, according to John Lindsey, a PG&E meteorologist who has predicted weather patterns for 20 years on the Central Coast.

Rainfall in the same general area as Rocky Butte feeds the San Simeon Creek aquifer, from which Cambria Community Services District wells draw much of the town’s supply. The butte itself, the highest point in the area, is just beyond the edge of the watershed, according to area ranchers.

The bushy tea tree on West Street fell quickly at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, according to Christopher Brazelton and Dinah Lee of the Porte House Gallery of Wearable Art on West Street. Although several couples were on the street or in nearby cars at the time, Brazelton said no serious damage was done and nobody was injured. He estimated the tree was 50 to 60 feet tall, big enough to reach across the street to the China Bistro restaurant.

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