California, United States / 04.01.2023 19:03:16
The Governor of California, Gavin Newsomdeclared today the state of emergency before the imminent arrival of a massive winter stormin order to respond effectively to the phenomenon.
“California is mobilizing to keep the people safe from the impacts of the approaching storm. The state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly while the storm develops and support local officials in their response,” the Democratic governor said.
The proclamation authorizes the mobilization from California National Guard and puts the Operations Center of the state at its maximum level of readiness.
California is located in alert by the arrival of a cyclone caused by a atmospheric river that could generate significant landslides, floods and strong winds for the next two days.
The Meteorological Prediction Center of the National Meteorological Service (NWS) announced on social media that “conditions will deteriorate” in the state with “strong rainfall and winds racheados”.
He also informed that they are expected flooding in the areas lower with rainfall of one inch (2.54 centimeters) per hour, rock slides, falling trees, dangerous conditions on roads in the mountain area and possible power outages.
The severity of the rainfall scheduled for Thursday and Friday is due to the fact that the rains that impacted to the state over the weekend they left much of the soil crowdedwhich makes the land more susceptible to floodsas reported to the Los Angeles Times by a climate specialist from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
As the heavy rain and gusts of wind move to the coast, the areas where the greatest threat is expected are the north of 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 concentrated moisture flows in the atmosphere, which after strengthening became a cyclone Bomb this Wednesday.
Among the disasters that this fact has left, are flooding, levee breaches, the closure of major highways and the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
Experts have also pointed out that the floods What are expected these days? will not end the historic drought that afflicts the state.
And that, in part, the conditions of drought and 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 winter storm Elliot will leave more than 50 muertos due to 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.