According to a statement from the White House, President Joe Biden has proclaimed a state of emergency in California as a result of many winter storms that have resulted in substantial damage, floods, and at least 12 fatalities.
In order to deal with the storm-related conditions in the counties of El Dorado, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura, Biden ordered Federal assistance to support state, tribal, and local response efforts.
The US National Weather Service warned of a “continuous parade of air currents.” A storm is a long plume of moisture that extends into the Pacific Ocean and can bring tremendous amounts of rain and snow. Two large storms are expected to bring heavy rains to the coast and snow to the mountains over the next few days.
For days, California has been hit by storms from the Pacific Ocean that last week left thousands without power, flooded roads, and ripped high waves off the coast.
The first of the latest more severe storms has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue flood warnings for much of northern and central California, with hills in the already saturated Sacramento area 6 feet to 1 foot by Wednesday. of rain is expected.
Storm conditions are expected to return in the Los Angeles area on Monday, with heights of up to 20 centimeters possible in the foothills area. High waves were expected through Tuesday, with big waves on the west-facing beaches.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said 12 people have died in the past 10 days as a result of bad weather and warned that this week’s storms could be even more dangerous. He urged people to stay home and urged President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency to aid storm response and recovery efforts.
More than 10 inches of rain have fallen in San Francisco since Dec. 26, and Mammoth Mountain, a popular ski resort in the eastern Sierra, has nearly 10 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The storms haven’t been enough to officially end the ongoing drought in California, but they have helped.
State climatologist Michael Anderson said at a news conference late Saturday that officials were closely monitoring Monday’s next storm, another behind it, and three others farther out in the Pacific. He said he was monitoring two systems.