Image: National Weather Service Eureka


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Advisory for communities all along the North Coast as a “moderate atmospheric river” makes landfall this morning. 

“The current Flood Watch includes northern Humboldt and Del Norte Counties,” according to a recent post from the NWS office in Eureka. “Moderate to heavy periods of rainfall are expected late tonight through Saturday. The heaviest rain will bring the risk of small stream and urban areas flooding.”

The strongest rain will be focused a little further south in Mendocino and Lake Counties, especially along slopes and ridges with southern exposure, according to NWS. Between two and four inches of rain can be expected today, with rain rates “as high as 0.5 inches per hour along the coast.” 

Minor flooding can be expected in the following areas: Arcata, Bayview, Blue Lake, Carlotta, Cutten, Eureka, Ferndale, Fieldbrook, Fortuna, Freshwater, McKinleyville, Myrtletown, Orick, Pine Hills, Rio Dell, Samoa, Scotia, Trinidad and Westhaven-Moonstone.

The rain is expected to let up in the late afternoon or early evening. Take extra caution if you’re out and about today and be sure to watch out for flooding and debris on roads. We’ll update here if we hear about any road closures.

Stay safe out there, Humboldt!