In the last 24 hours, heavy rains have dropped 5.5 inches in southern Big Sur, and the impact of rain and wind left more than 30,000 PG&E customers without power. 

Monterey County was the hardest hit by power outages in the state, says Mayra Tostado, PG&E spokesperson. 

"We're doing everything possible to return service as quickly as possible," she says. "We're going to be working around the clock and through the night."

Extra crews are coming in from around the state and PG&E put out a call to 30 mutual aid crews in neighboring states to restore power to the county.   

High gusts of wind in Salinas—the National Weather Service reported one at 71 miles per hour—toppled two transmission poles around 5:30am. A substation near downtown Salinas was also affected by the storm.

Nearly 23,000 customers in the Salinas area lost power, and they remained without power Friday evening, with no known time as to when it will be restored.

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According to Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the wet weather is taking a slight break on Saturday, but will pick up again on Sunday through Monday night.

From yesterday at 4pm, other local areas received the following rainfall totals:

  • Salinas - 0.58 inches.
  • Big Sur Valley - 3.2 inches
  • Monterey - 1.04 inches
  • King City - 2.02 inches

Heavy winds also tore through the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula, leaving multiple trees smashed into cars and taking out power lines.

Highway 101 was closed from 8am until 2pm due to a large tree blocking all the lanes, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Highway 156 at 101 was also closed from 8am until 3:30pm.

Editor's note: This post was updated to include new information from the California Highway Patrol and PG&E.

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