, 2023-01-05 14:43:39,
Atmospheric rivers are wreaking havoc in Northern and central California, causing unprecedented flooding and mudslides and prompting the closure of many state and regional parks. These weather events are impacting national parks in the region as well.
“We anticipate this may be one of the most challenging and impactful series of storms to touch down in California in the last five years,” said Nancy Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, during a press conference on Wednesday.
Some communities in Santa Cruz County, and along the Russian River, to the north in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, are under a mandatory evacuation order, while the entire San Francisco Bay Area is operating under a state of emergency, with residents urged to stay home. California has closed 16 regional, state and national park units, with partial closings affecting 37 others, in anticipation of floods and severe winter weather. Golden Gate National Recreation Area closed several popular visitor sites, including Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, and Alcatraz Island as of Wednesday, January 4. A week ago, at the end of December, parts of Golden Gate National Recreation Area closed for previous atmospheric-river events that caused…
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