California snow emergency
Unusually violent winter storms and snowfall have hit the West Coast of the United States. Many homes without electricity, the governor of California declared a state of emergency.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 13 counties in the United States due to severe winter storms. Newsom said on Wednesday (local time) that the California National Guard has been activated to support relief efforts. Streets and access roads will have to be cleared of snow and the power supply restored in many places.
In addition, it must be ensured that food and water also reach vulnerable population groups. Poweroutage.us counted more than 82,000 households without electricity.
The areas in the interior center of the country along the Sierra Nevada mountain range were affected. Popular destinations in mountain communities like Lake Tahoe or Lake Arrowhead are again covered in massive snowfall, as reported by the “Los Angeles Times.” Yosemite National Park and Joshua Tree National Park remain closed until further notice due to record snow levels.
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Even further south in the already sunny region around the city of Los Angeles, amazement continued at the unfamiliar white. The mountains in the background of the famous “Hollywood” lettering above the Los Angeles area of the same name are also rendered entirely in white.
According to the region’s meteorological service, the ice line has decreased to about 300 meters in some places. And the service wrote on Twitter that hail or frost can thus be observed in low-lying areas, but there is no snow. To prove the opposite, netizens sent videos to the weather service of thick flakes falling on the palm trees and terraces in front of their door. “Sure snow. Not frozen,” one wrote.
Snowy Yosemite National Park in California will remain closed until further notice (February 23, 2023).
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As California continues to battle frigid winter weather, the US Weather Service has warned of severe storms, tornadoes and heavy rains in the Midwest that could cause flooding. At the same time, the unusual temperatures in the east of the country began to gradually recede. Severe drought and strong winds, in turn, have increased the risk of fires in the southern tip of Texas.
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