STATEMENT: Acting Governor Newsom advises Californians to prepare for winter storms


(Sacramento) - California Acting Governor and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement and guidance in anticipation of strong winter storms impacting California this weekend:

"This will be a significant winter storm, magnified by year-on-year drought conditions. Californians are well-advised to monitor weather reports and heed warnings and directions from local and state officials.

"This series of storms could result in power outages, fast rise flooding, road closures and some localized needs to evacuate low-lying areas. Individuals and families should review their emergency and communications plans and supplies, such as having extra batteries, power sources for phones and tablets, and emergency food supplies.

"Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads, and are strongly advised to review road conditions before setting out and monitor emergency broadcasts for changing conditions.

"The Governor's Office of Emergency Services is working in close coordination with all counties, and state and federal agencies. The State Operational Center will be activated throughout the weekend and into next week to monitor situational awareness and coordinate the dispatch of resources and other assets to respond to emergency flood impacts."

Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found at, and California highway conditions are updated at

Media Contact: Kelly Huston, Governor's Office of Emergency Services, 916-607-7657