North Coast 'bullseye' for storm systems: No major flooding concerns, but rain likely Monday

While the North Coast has been hit with a series of back-to-back storms, and more precipitation is on its way, people don't need to be worried about flooding, National Weather Service officials said.

"We don't have any flooding concerns as of right now," spokesman Robert Ruehl said. "There's no concerns for any of the main stem rivers."

As of late Saturday morning, Eureka had received nearly 2.5 inches of rain since Wednesday, Ruehl said.

"That brings us up to 4.15 inches for the month so far, and that brings us up to 10.62 inches for the water year, which starts on July 1," he said. "However, we are still 15.76 inches below normal. For the water year, we are at about 40 percent of normal."

The 72-hour total for the Arcata/Eureka Airport was just over 4 inches, and Hoopa recorded about 2.7 inches, according to the NWS. Areas in Del Norte County, such as Gasquet, were hit with about 10.5 inches.

"It's kind of like feast or famine here ... but it's still not filling the bucket up because we're so far below normal," Ruehl said.

The cause of the systems is an "atmospheric river of moisture" from the tropics that's being driven across the Pacific Ocean, according to the NWS.

"It's on a bullseye on us and further north of us," Ruehl said.

No major accidents or road closures occurred in Humboldt County as of Saturday afternoon, California Highway Patrol dispatch supervisor Vernon Mayer said.

"We haven't had any road closures, as of yet," Mayer said. "We've had several rock slides along 299, but that's always the case whenever it rains. It's all clear now."

Large trees fell, he added, and rocks were in the road on State Route 299 near Willow Creek.

In Del Norte County, near Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, there was a rock slide on Friday, Mayer said. He added that one-way traffic control will most likely be in effect for the next couple of days.

High winds peaked at 55 mph on Cooskie Mountain, 46 mph in Kneeland and 32 mph in Eureka on Saturday as a cold front moved in, the NWS said.

While there is only a slight chance of showers today, rain is likely on Monday, Ruehl said. Eureka is forecast to receive 15 hundredths of an inch, Trinidad could see three-quarters of an inch to an inch, and Fortuna about one-half an inch.

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