LA Mayor Karen Bass has revealed details of a full "all-hands-on-deck" strategy as the city braces for the arrival of a major storm.
LA Mayor Karen Bass has revealed details of a full "all-hands-on-deck" strategy as the city braces for the arrival of a major storm.

Los Angeles Braces for Severe Storm: Mayor Announces All-Hands-On-Deck Plan

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Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, alongside city leaders, has disclosed details of an extensive “all-hands-on-deck” plan as the city anticipates the arrival of a potent storm. 

The announcement comes as a second, more powerful storm is forecasted to hit the region, posing significant challenges and risks.

Critical Sunday Alert and Storm Intensity:

Mayor Bass emphasized that Sunday is expected to be the day of heightened concern, with indications suggesting the storm’s strength is comparable to Tropical Storm Hilary in August. 

The impending weather system is projected to be stronger, slower, and potentially longer-lasting, presenting flooding risks, heavy mountain snowfall, and strong winds.

The National Weather Service (NWS) labeled this weather system as “the largest storm of the season” and warned of “dangerous, even life-threatening impacts.” 

Heavy rain, potential lightning strikes, and flooding are anticipated across Los Angeles and Orange counties, prompting a flood watch for much of L.A. County from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.

Preparedness and Early Planning Urged:

Mayor Bass and Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley stressed the importance of early planning, advising residents to reconsider travel plans and move vehicles out of flood-prone areas. 

The city also urged preparedness for potential evacuation orders, especially for those near rivers and creeks.

Emergency Services and Avoiding Non-Emergency 911 Calls:

Emergency services, including swift water rescue apparatus and boats, are on standby, ready to respond to water-related emergencies. 

Residents were strongly discouraged from calling 911 for non-emergencies and were urged to use the city’s MyLA311 service to report incidents that are not life-threatening.

To assist residents, the L.A. City Fire Department will distribute free ready-to-fill sandbags at 106 neighborhood fire stations. Free sand is also available at select locations. 

All city departments are set to coordinate efforts at the emergency operations center to enhance preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities during the storm.

Sandbags and Coordination Efforts:

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated its operations center and deployed personnel and equipment to most at-risk areas. 

With the storm expected to impact a broad sweep of California from the Oregon border to San Diego over the next 10 to 14 days, preparations and response efforts are underway statewide.

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