State of emergency in California as powerful storm brings heavy rain

SAN FRANCISCO – California declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a powerful storm generated 45-foot waves out at sea

dropped soaking rain on already saturated ground, and prompted warnings of floods and mudslides.

The storm's impacts will ramp up during the afternoon and the more than 8 million people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area should limit travel

the regional National Weather Service office warned. Earlier in the day, California Gov.

Gavin Newsom authorized state National Guard units to support disaster response as a massive storm pummeled much of the state's coastline.

Fire and rescue equipment and personnel have been prepositioned in areas deemed most likely to experience severe flooding and mudflows

The storm is termed a "bomb cyclone" because it is expected to be marked by a quick drop in atmospheric pressure resulting in a high-intensity storm.

Severe weather could drop 10 or more inches of rain in some parts of Northern California over the next week, forecasters say.

Forecasters are watching other systems out at sea that could also hit the region with more precipitation.

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