Gavin Newsom said Thursday that “we’re no closer to a major hurricane than Sandy” with a massive storm system that’s threatening to “blow across our state.”
Newsom was speaking at the annual National Hurricane Center meeting in Atlanta when he said the storm will make landfall in the San Francisco Bay area by Thursday morning.
Newsom also said the National Hurricane Centers’ hurricane prediction has a high likelihood of landfalling on the coast.
He added that the “high probability” of a major storm is also based on the number of strong tropical storms, and the current outlook is to have two or more strong storms that reach the coast by Thursday afternoon.
The National Hurricane Council also expects the storm to bring wind gusts to about 75 mph to the San Diego area.
“The forecast is very, very strong right now, and we’re still waiting to see how it will change,” Newsom told reporters after the meeting.
“But it’s very, highly likely that it will be very, strongly stormy.
That’s just the forecast.”
Newsome also said that “no major storm” is on the horizon for California, which has been battered by the worst hurricane season in history.
He said that his forecast for Thursday’s storm is for a sustained wind of 75 mph, with a wind shear of about 25 percent.
The governor said that there is “no way” a storm like Sandy will hit California, despite warnings from state officials that the storm could produce damaging winds and damage.
“We have no way of predicting the path of a hurricane, no way to say what kind of damage it could cause,” Newsome said.
“That’s the way I think we should approach this, and that’s the reason why we’re not prepared.”
“We’re not in a position where we have a way of knowing what’s going to happen.
We’re not there yet,” he added.
“We’re in a place now where we’re looking at the probabilities of the storm and we are waiting for that.”
California Governor Gavin Newsome is seen at the National Weather Service office in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2017.
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Newsome has not been shy about warning of the threat of a strong storm in California.
He issued an evacuation order for thousands of people in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region on Thursday.
He told reporters that there are “certain people” in the Delta that he is worried about, but he did not say who those people were.
“I’m not saying that the Delta is not a big risk, but it is not the same as Sandy,” he said.
“So I think that it’s a little bit of a surprise that we have the highest hurricane threat in the country right now.
I think it’s unfortunate that we’re going to continue to wait and see how the storm develops.”
A major storm in the Pacific Northwest, which typically is more active, is expected to dump a hurricane-force surge along the coast Friday, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Bay Area and elsewhere.
The National Weather Services said Thursday morning that the surge could reach 10 feet in some areas, and could cause flooding and damage to bridges and roads.
A storm surge of that magnitude could submerge thousands of homes, and destroy at least five power lines, the weather service said.
The storm surge could also lead to landslides and other damage.
The weather service also said Thursday afternoon that the number and intensity of wind gust warnings remain in place for the San Jose-San Francisco area, with some of the strongest winds likely to reach the Bay area.
In the eastern Bay Area, a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for much of the region, with gusts of 60 mph or more expected, the National Forecaster Office said.
The storm has already made landfall in California, and Gov.
Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Clara County and the San Mateo County area, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney’s office said.
Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of disaster in the Bay region Thursday, and California Governor Jerry Brown also declared a disaster emergency in the Santa Clara-San Mateo area, which includes San Francisco.
Governor Cuomo said Thursday he will meet with federal officials on Friday to discuss how to deal with the storm.
“With the storms we’ve seen so far in 2017, the storm system is continuing to strengthen,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Our State and local emergency management teams will continue to assess how best to prepare for this potentially catastrophic storm and will work with federal and state agencies to ensure the most appropriate resources are available to our communities.”