In San Mateo County, authorities on Sunday morning ordered residents in parts of the county to evacuate. “Please don’t wait,” they said in a statement.
Elsewhere in the county, CalFire, the state’s firefighting agency, shared a video Sunday morning of a small fire on a road which had probably caught fire after the fall of a pole and a tree. Downed trees have been reported in the northern part of the state.
White, it appeared that most of the flooding was reported in North Bay, landslides and dangerous road conditions were reported in parts of northern California. Images were shared on social media on the Sunday of small and a waye landslides, including one in Plumas County showing rock piles blocking a highway.
The California Highway Patrol in Truckee, north of Lake Tahoe, said on twitter Sunday afternoon stones and water fell on the mountainside, blocking a road.
On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation extending the state of drought emergency in California and called on residents to redouble their water conservation efforts. This is the second driest year on record in California, with near-record storage in the state’s largest reservoirs, the governor’s office said.
Severe drought conditions, made worse by climate change, continue to affect much of the western United States and even the northern part of the Great Plains.
Although droughts are not uncommon in the region, scientists say climate change, in the form of warming temperatures and changes in rainfall, is making the situation worse.