Round one of three storms expected to keep things soggy through Sunday left scattered power outages in Monterey County, but no serious problems from the rain and wind.
By late afternoon, about 1,250 customers were without power in pockets of the county from Aromas to Pebble Beach. Most of the outages were caused by trees or limbs tossed by heavy winds into power lines, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman said.
Power was expected to be restored to most areas by 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, the spokeswoman said. There also were outages in parts of Marina, Carmel, Seaside and Del Rey Oaks.
The storm started dropping rain and whipping up winds about 8 a.m., but moved through the area quickly, leaving partly blue skies by late afternoon. Most of the local outages began around 12:30 p.m., according to PG&E's outage map.
"The impact was kind of spread out," said Monica Tell of PG&E.
After a break, another storm should move into the Monterey Bay region late Thursday and continue through Friday morning. There will be winds 20 to 30 mph, but the system will tail off into scattered showers by Friday afternoon.
The third storm will reach the area during the day on Saturday and continue into Sunday. Things are expected to dry out starting Monday.
In all, the National Weather Service said areas at lower elevations should receive 1 to 3 inches from the three storms.
Aside from the power outages, there were no major problems from Wednesday's weather, said
"The storm moved through really quickly," she said. "The next storm will be moving a lot slower, and we're expecting a lot more rain."
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Monterey had received 0.22 of an inch; Santa Cruz, 0.39; Salinas, 0.28; King City, 0.25; and Big Sur, 1.40.