officials are beginning to implement emergency measures for the state’s first major storm in nearly 20 years, as the first big rain and flooding in years threatens to leave tens of thousands of people without access to basic services.
The state is already dealing with the effects of a severe drought, and now is in a situation where more than half of the state is without power.
The governor and state lawmakers on Monday said they plan to sign an emergency declaration to temporarily close off the state to the public.
The declaration would take effect on Wednesday and be followed by more stringent restrictions and restrictions on travel, including those imposed in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which hit the state in December.
Gavin Newsom, left, and Gov.
Jerry Brown, center, sign a proclamation to restrict travel and travel by air in California on Jan. 16.
(Associated Press)The declaration comes as many states and cities are preparing for the potential impacts of a new type of storm known as a “major storm surge.”
A major storm surge is the highest surge that occurs during a storm.
Flooding is more severe.
A major surge will cause significant flooding in a coastal area and could cause landslides or other damage.
A large storm surge could lead to widespread power outages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Newsom issued a proclamation Monday to restrict all outdoor travel for 90 days starting Monday and then to allow all outdoor activities to resume as soon as the declaration is lifted.
The proclamation will allow people to travel outdoors during periods of high winds and heavy rain, including during holidays and weekends.
Newsom also announced that the state will begin issuing emergency declarations to restrict air travel.
The first emergency declaration will be issued to allow flights to return to normal on Jan 6, and then the first emergency evacuation order will be lifted for all state residents on Jan 13.
The declaration order will only affect people who have permission from their local governments.
The state also plans to start issuing the temporary, voluntary evacuation orders, as well as temporary, mandatory evacuations for people who are experiencing life-threatening health or safety conditions, or have a significant amount of personal property that they need to evacuate.
Newsome has already begun issuing temporary evacuations in some communities.
Newsome said Monday that people who were able to leave San Francisco by Monday will be able to return for an evacuation.
But it remains unclear if people will be allowed to return by Wednesday.
Some people in coastal communities may still be able use public transportation.
But many will not, according for example to the California Coastal Commission.
The commission says it is not yet sure how much longer it will be in place to allow people access to the coastal areas.
The California Coastal Authority said it is working to get people back to their homes.