Hundreds of cars parked on the side of state Highway 92 Friday morning as people evacuated from coastal San Mateo County cities in advance of possible tsunami waves, but the California Highway Patrol advised people to park elsewhere so emergency vehicles can get through the area.
Cars began parking along the side of Highway 92 at about 5 a.m. after authorities issued a warning of a possible tsunami sparked by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the northeast coast of Japan late Thursday night, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.
Many of the cars were driven by people leaving low-lying coastal communities like Half Moon Bay, Montiel said.
He said the CHP is advising people to not park along the highway because "we need to keep that clear in case we need to bring emergency vehicles that way."
Vehicles are instead encouraged to park along Canada Road, which is located nearby, Montiel said.