Storm declares state of emergency in California’s 21st county

As California braces for another round of atmospheric rivers and storms, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Wednesday to support storm response and relief efforts in 21 counties, including five in the Greater Bay Area.

Storms are forecast to hit the state until mid-March, and many areas are already struggling with flooding, power outages and damage from recent record rains and snowstorms.

The state of emergency, issued Wednesday to ensure disaster response and relief, applies to San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties.

The atmospheric river is expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds and potential thunderstorms to the Bay Area from Thursday to Friday, forecasters said. Report by Viani Arana, Bob Redell, Pete Suratos and Cynthia Pimentel.

Last week, 13 counties in the state, including Sonoma County, declared a state of emergency, and the governor activated the California Guard and the State Operations Center.

Bay Area communities brace for strong winds and possible flooding as atmospheric river approaches the region with heavy rains Thursday and Friday.

Flood watch is in effect for the region from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning, and a wind warning is in effect for the entire Bay Area and Central Coast from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain will continue into the weekend, with another atmospheric river expected next week, according to the National Weather Service.

“The state is working around the clock with local partners to deploy lifesaving equipment and first responders to communities across California,” Newsom said Wednesday. “With more dangerous storms on the horizon, we will continue to mobilize all available resources to protect Californians.”

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