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desertflyer

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Drone footage from around Watsonville Junction from Facebook's Coast Starlight group. (don't know how visible this will be).
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This is the Starlight route through Watsonville?? šŸ«¢
 

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More rain predicted for Tuesday!
NWS in Oxnard saying 2-4" for the coasts, locally 5" along the CS/Surfliner route. Some wind but no excessive rain rates in the forecast... yet. Tomorrow will be a key day when the short-range models start kicking in.

Trains are still running to SLO and then I'm considering a bus from there to SJC for a Caltrain connection. Unfortunately I have a giant long skateboard, 3 bottles of wine, and a six pack of specialty beer I'm trying to get back to SF with me. šŸ˜¬
You might be able to get through tomorrow but be prepared for a late Surfliner or bus cancel if the atmospheric river is faster than forecast.
 

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NWS in Oxnard saying 2-4" for the coasts, locally 5" along the CS/Surfliner route. Some wind but no excessive rain rates in the forecast... yet. Tomorrow will be a key day when the short-range models start kicking in.


You might be able to get through tomorrow but be prepared for a late Surfliner or bus cancel if the atmospheric river is faster than forecast.
Taking my chances and hoping I don't get stuck in SLO. Hope the Starlight is back up and running soon.
 

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Lots of people on Surfliner 761 today were originally booked on CS 14, which makes sense. I think I was the only one who made the connection from the Sunset Limited, though, since we had a near trespasser strike just outside of Pomona, adding to our delay. I had about 10 minutes to sprint through LA Union Station.

It's too bad the Starlight can't detour around the coast route.
 
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Even after a sizable storm Tuesday, progress has been made on repairing the levee in Parajo, CA. Now Amtrak will just have to wait for UP to repair the washed out tracks before beginning service again. Of note, I think it's strange that Amtrak has just cancelled the train without putting out a Service Alert.

Here's a local news report with some footage of the washout.
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The website only shows the last 24 hours. Had you checked yesterday or Monday?
Only 24 hours? Interesting because this is an ongoing situation then, today and likely the next few (or more) days.
There is a tab there which takes you to the alerts posted on Twitter.
I find Amtraks website difficult, if not impossible, to find relavant alerts/status reports.
 

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Only 24 hours? Interesting because this is an ongoing situation then, today and likely the next few (or more) days.
There is a tab there which takes you to the alerts posted on Twitter.
I find Amtraks website difficult, if not impossible, to find relavant alerts/status reports.
I kept hitting the Load More and it stopped at the 24 hr mark
 

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Amtrak has at times been able to get reroutes though the central valley and over Tehachapi but that hasn't happened in 4-5 years.

Going to take UP some time to get that track structure rebuilt. I'd expect at least 1 week after the worst of the water is gone.
Plus the Central Valley has it own issues. I know the San Joaquins had some interruptions this week
 

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Going to take UP some time to get that track structure rebuilt. I'd expect at least 1 week after the worst of the water is gone.
Apparently running today through Salinas Valley, so either they are detouring or got everything rebuilt.

The next two days may put it out of commission south of EMY for a few days as more water is on the way, apparently targeting the central coast and Southern California. SAN may actually get some of the worst of this storm so delays on the Surfliner may be possible as well.

Adding: short-term models look like a "bomb cyclone" landfall near Monterey and Salinas.

 
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