Atmospheric River Seaside Basin Gets Boost From Recent Rainfall By Erika Mahoney • Feb 18, 2019 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:39 The stormy start to the year has downed trees, caused flooding and power outages. But the rainfall has benefits. Excess water from the Carmel River is being stored for later use. From Downed Trees To Flooding, Atmospheric River Rains Down By Erika Mahoney • Feb 13, 2019 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:39 An atmospheric river that originated near Hawaii will continue to rain down on the Monterey Bay area through Thursday morning. The storm has caused big problems, including power outages, flooding and downed trees.