Los Angeles, 4 Jan. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency today in light of the imminent arrival of a massive winter storm, in order to effectively respond to the phenomenon.
“California is mobilizing to keep people safe from the impacts of the approaching storm. The state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly as the storm develops and support local officials in their response,” said the Democratic governor.
The proclamation authorizes the mobilization of the California National Guard and puts the State Operations Center at its highest level of readiness.
California is on alert for the arrival of a bomb cyclone caused by an atmospheric river that could generate major landslides, flooding and strong winds during the next two days.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center announced on social media that “conditions will deteriorate” in the state with “heavy rainfall and gusty winds.”
He also reported that flooding is expected in the lower areas with rainfall of one inch (2.54 centimeters) per hour, rock slides, falling trees, dangerous road conditions in the mountain area and possible power outages.
The severity of the rainfall forecast for Thursday and Friday is because the rains that impacted the state over the weekend left much of the ground saturated, making the land more susceptible to flooding, Los Angeles reported. Times a climate specialist from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
As heavy rains and gusty winds move to the coast, the areas where the greatest threat is expected are Northern California and the San Francisco Bay.
The storm is being caused by a strong “atmospheric river”, an elongated band in the atmosphere that can carry large flows of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere, which after strengthening became a bomb cyclone on Wednesday.
Among the disasters that this fact has left behind are floods, breakage of levees, the closure of the main highways and the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
Experts have also pointed out that the floods that are expected these days will not end the historical drought that afflicts the state.
And that, in part, the drought conditions and the forest fires that the territory of California has suffered have generated a considerable weakening of the soil, making it more prone to landslides and increased stream flows.
The alert has come a week after the winter storm Elliot left more than 50 dead from the cold and accidents, in addition to 1.7 million homes without electricity, with the city of Buffalo (northwestern New York state) as the most affected. EFE