California Residents Urged to Take Precautions for Upcoming Storms
The National Weather Service has issued a warning of an upcoming series of storms that are expected to hit California in the coming days. The storms which are forecasted to bring heavy rain/snow, strong winds, and potential flooding, are expected to begin late Wednesday night and continue through the weekend.
In addition to heavy rainfall, the storms are also expected to bring significant snowfall to higher elevations. Snowfall totals are projected to range from 1 to 3 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with some areas potentially receiving up to 4 feet of snow.
As residents prepare for the incoming weather, authorities are urging individuals to take precautions and remain vigilant throughout the storm. Some of the suggested measures include securing outdoor furniture, clearing gutters and drains, and preparing emergency kits with essential supplies such as water, food, and medications.
The California Department of Transportation has also issued travel advisories, urging motorists to exercise caution and reduce their speed during the storms. Officials have warned of potential road closures and hazardous driving conditions, particularly in areas with heavy snowfall, and advise individuals to monitor local news and weather updates before embarking on any travel plans. It’s probably best to stay home over the next few days.
The National Weather Service has also warned of the potential for power outages and flash flooding in certain areas, and advises individuals to stay tuned to local news and emergency alerts for the latest updates. An estimated 16 million people will be under flood alerts.
As California prepares for the upcoming storms, officials are reminding individuals to remain alert and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, please visit the California Office of Emergency Services website.