California Declares State of Emergency Amid Powerful Winter Storm – NBC Bay Area

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Wednesday in the face of a winter storm impacting the state.

With this proclamation, California will be able to respond immediately to disasters caused by the storm, thus supporting local communities.

The state has pre-positioned fire and rescue equipment and personnel to support local resources throughout the state. Crews will mobilize quickly in the event of mudflows, avalanches, or flash floods.

“California is mobilizing to keep people safe from the impacts of the coming storm,” Governor Newsom said. “This state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly as the storm develops and will support local officials in their continued response.”

Authorities from the California Emergency Office assured that this storm is one of the most powerful that has been recorded in the last 5 years in California.

The National Weather Service said the heavy rains will be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 60 mph and has issued flood warnings for several areas of the state.

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