Point Reyes National Seashore Storm Update - February 6, 2007
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Last night during the storm, Point Reyes National Seashore sustained winds up to 82 mph at the Point Reyes Headlands. Due to the heavy rainfall over the past several days, a number of slides throughout the Seashore have occurred due to the heavy precipitation. Along Limantour Road strong gusts of wind downed well over 200 trees. The fallen trees have created a hazardous condition on the roadway.
All trails and campgrounds in the National Seashore will remain closed through Sunday and visitors are advised to use extreme caution while in the park. The Palomarin trailhead is closed due to mud slides along the road. The potential for additional trees falling is very high and the weather forecasts for this coming weekend are calling for additional storms with large swells along the surf.
The weekend Point Reyes Headlands shuttle bus operation is canceled for Saturday and visitors should call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 663-1092 to find out about Sunday’s shuttle.
Early this morning, a 75 foot section of pier located near Chimney Rock, collapsed into Drakes Bay. This left an individual stranded on the portion of the docks that remained intact, but he could not get back to shore. The first attempt to rescue him with a helicopter was unsuccessful due to high winds. As the winds diminished, a window of opportunity allowed the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from San Francisco to rescue the man.
Acting Superintendent Frank Dean stated, “The public should exercise caution until the weather improves.”
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