California coast collapses: Storms destroy part of Highway 1, Cyclone moves on

As reported by CNN (CNN), the storm is part of a broad cyclone that is moving towards the interior of the US and could affect 75 million people with severe storms

by Sededin Dedovic
California coast collapses: Storms destroy part of Highway 1, Cyclone moves on
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California's coastal roads, known for all their panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, have been struck by disaster. A section of the famous Highway 1, the heart of the Pacific Coastal Road, slid into the ocean over the weekend due to heavy rains.

This has resulted in significant delays and traffic diversions, with local authorities scrambling to repair the damage and ensure safe passage. Hundreds of passengers who were forced to leave their cars stood and watched this disaster.

The landslide occurred on Saturday, south of the city of Monterey. The force of the rains washed away the soil under the road, and it then collapsed into the raging sea. Kilometer-long columns of vehicles formed on both sides of the collapsed part, because the only remaining lane is now crowded with cars, trucks and motorcyclists.

The situation was further complicated by the fact that the small town of Big Sur, a popular tourist destination located along the Pacific Coast Highway, was cut off from the world over the weekend. The residents of the apartment were briefly allowed to pass through the damaged section yesterday in order to get supplies or leave the city.

This is not the first time the Pacific Coastal Trail has had to deal with nature's wrath. The famous route is notorious for being prone to landslides and flooding during severe storms. However, the scale of this latest collapse is significant and will require time and resources to repair.

Local authorities are closely monitoring the situation and are warning vehicles to drive carefully until the route is repaired. To make matters worse, more precipitation is predicted in the coming days, and the land is too wet and full of water, so new floods are very certain.

Moreover, this extreme weather is only one part of a larger atmospheric disturbance. According to CNN, the storm that ravaged California is part of a wider cyclone moving inland across the United States. It is estimated that this storm could affect as many as 75 million people across the country, however, it remains unclear at what pace and when it will reach its peak because experts signal that the cyclone has yet to reach full strength.