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Newsom declares state of emergency in 13 California counties due to winter storms

Gegg Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has issued a state of emergency and activated the California National Guard in 13 counties due to winter storms hitting the state.

The Democratic governor made the proclamation to “support disaster response and relief” in Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma and Tulare.

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Snow piles up on a home in Running Springs, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. Beleaguered Californians were hit again Tuesday as a new winter storm moved into the already drenched and snowy state, with blizzard warnings covering the range. Nevada and forecasters warned residents that any travel was dangerous. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Some areas, including San Bernardino County, have been particularly hard hit, causing problems with power and food and water supplies to homes trapped by the snowdrifts. Newsom’s office said state personnel, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol, are assisting vulnerable populations there.

“The state is also contracting with private companies to expedite snow removal and road clearing, and is coordinating with investor-owned utilities to quickly restore power,” Newsom’s office said.

Snow showers continued Wednesday afternoon in the mountains of San Bernardino County, according to the National Weather Service. “Travel will be very difficult or impossible.”


Vehicles make their way along I-15 as clouds roll through the snow-capped mountains near Hesperia, Calif., Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Emergency crews work to bring food and medicine to residents of the California mountain communities stuck in the back. winter storms behind. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Residents in the area have called for more help, according to local channel KTLA. “There are collapsed roofs everywhere, people need help and rescues. All the stores are out of food and water supplies. The gas stations barely have gas,” Miyah Nelson told the news station. “Mr. Newsom, can you send help? We really need help from the National Guard. We need to clear our roads so people can get out of their homes. They’re all trapped.”

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It’s not just this week that Golden State has faced inclement weather. Last week, from Tuesday through Sunday, parts of the San Gabriel Mountains saw nearly 6 feet of snow, and inland parts of Southern California saw nearly 5 inches of rain, according to the NWS, which issued a warning blizzard for Los Angeles County for the first time since 1989. More than 100,000 people were without power.

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