Storm in California causes at least two deaths and leaves thousands without power

This content was published on January 05, 2023 – 19:12

Los Angeles, Jan 5 (EFE).- At least two people have died in California, including a child, due to the massive storm that has hit the state since Wednesday night, which has also left some 185,000 users without electricity and motivated evacuation orders in various regions.

Police in Fairfield, in the San Francisco Bay area, have reported that a woman was killed in a car crash on a flooded road, and the Sonoma County Fire Department in the same area has reported that a A child under the age of two died from a fall from a tree.

According to the monitoring site Poweroutage.us, 185,000 homes and businesses are without power this Thursday due to downed power lines and trees blown down by strong winds.

In Mendocino County alone, some 9,000 of the service’s 54,000 users were without power.

Wind gusts of more than 160 kilometers per hour have been recorded in Alpine Meadows, Placer County, and gusts of up to 136 kilometers per hour have forced the cancellation of more than a hundred flights at San Francisco International Airport.

The attorney general of California, Rob Bonta, has also issued an alert to avoid abuses in food prices after Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a state of emergency due to the arrival of the storm.

Bonta urged residents to exercise caution and warned that raising the prices of goods and services during a state of emergency is illegal.

“It is important that businesses do not take advantage of the current demand for essential supplies,” the prosecutor said, encouraging residents to report any abuse.

Authorities in numerous towns, mainly on the state’s central coast, have issued evacuation orders, but no figures on the people affected have been released so far.

The National Weather Service (NWS) indicated in its most recent communication that the “atmospheric river” that hits California continues today, with the risk of flash floods and warnings for high winds in much of the state. EFE

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