Evacuation orders have been issued in California due to severe storms hitting the coast

January 5, 2023, 1:31 pm

Severe storms are expect­ed along the coast of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and evac­u­a­tion orders and warn­ings have been issued in some areas.

Areas that have been hit by wild­fires in the past are among the first to be evac­u­at­ed due to the threat of flood­ing and landslides.

Cal­i­for­ni­a’s gov­er­nor has declared a state of emer­gency for the sec­ond flood in a week.

Mete­o­rol­o­gists say it could turn into a bomb cyclone (a type of explo­sive storm) and kill people.

North­ern Cal­i­for­nia is expect­ed to be the hard­est hit after a lev­ee breach over the weekend.

The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice (NWS) has issued a flood and gale warn­ing for the entire North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Bay Area, say­ing gusts of wind are expect­ed to knock down trees and pow­er outages.

It warns that the North Fork Dam is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and that the spill­way will over­flow on Thurs­day morn­ing. The NWS is call­ing on peo­ple in low-lying areas under the dam to “move to high­er ground immediately.”

“Sim­ply put, it’s going to be one of the most far-reach­ing sys­tems this mete­o­rol­o­gist has seen in a long time,” said a fore­cast­er in the region. .

“Flood­ing, washed out roads, col­laps­ing hill­sides, fall­en trees (even whole groves), wide­spread pow­er out­ages, imme­di­ate stop­page of com­mer­cial activ­i­ty and, most impor­tant­ly, loss of life are expect­ed,” it said.

“This is a real­ly cru­el sys­tem and we have to take it seriously.

It is expect­ed to become a “bomb cyclone”, a type of storm that inten­si­fies rapid­ly, which is com­mon on the east coast of the Unit­ed States and Canada.

San­ta Cruz Coun­ty, south of San Fran­cis­co, has been ordered to evac­u­ate due to a “high prob­a­bil­i­ty” of flood­ing caus­ing areas to become inaccessible.

Fur­ther south, in San­ta Bar­bara Coun­ty, author­i­ties have ordered res­i­dents liv­ing near the remains of past wild­fires to leave the area.

The order affects the wealthy com­mu­ni­ty of Mon­tecito, home to the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Har­ry and Meghan, and Oprah Winfrey.

School dis­tricts in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia can­celed Thurs­day’s class­es, includ­ing 8,000 stu­dents enrolled in pub­lic schools in San Francisco.

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