Gavin Newsom has left California days after declaring a state of emergency amid severe weather

Amid a storm that trapped residents in the mountains for days after 5 feet of snow was dumped there, California Governor Gavin Newsom has left the state without explanation.

The Democrat, regarded by progressives as a potential successor to President Joe Biden, was reported to be out of California on a “personal trip” Friday, according to reports. Fox news. He returns on Sunday.

Newsom’s press office did not disclose exactly where Newsom traveled, only to say that before leaving the state, he visited Diablo Canyon, the last nuclear power plant, on Wednesday.

however, the San Luis Obispo times noted, Newsom’s press shop did not tell the media about the visit until after he left.

“Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Diablo Canyon Power Plant to view the facilities and highlight how this source of carbon-free electricity will support energy reliability during California’s clean energy transition,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

Amid a storm that trapped residents in the mountains for days after 5 feet of snow was dumped there, California Governor Gavin Newsom has left the state without explanation

The Times noted that reporters in the area have been covering the site and the events that take place there for “decades”.

Newsom has not kept a public schedule for several weeks, including his recent visit to Washington to meet with Biden and California Senator Alex Padilla.

“It was more of a function to figure out what to share depending on the people he met with,” Newsom’s deputy press secretary Daniel Villaseñor said, trying to explain the lack of a public program.

“Many of those meetings were nailed down at the time. We were logistically figuring out what we could share in advance.’

The governor’s Twitter account tweeted twice on Friday, once criticizing Republicans for a bill in South Carolina that would allegedly allow the execution of women who have abortions. He also shared an anti-gun segment from comedian Jon Stewart’s Apple TV+ show.

Now he’s missing after he declared a state of emergency in 13 counties across the state, including Los Angeles, on Wednesday because of the storms.

An explosion of arctic air in late February caused a rare blizzard east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Mountains, where thousands of people live in high-altitude forest communities or come year-round for recreation.

Extraordinary snowfall buried homes and businessesoverwhelming the ability of snow plow equipment aimed at common storms.

A person cycles through the snow in Los Angeles County on Wednesday during another southern California winter storm. A state of emergency has been declared in 13 counties by Newsom, including Los Angeles

Sheriff Shannon Dicus

Sheriff Shannon Dicus “encourages people to stay out of the local mountains” for recreational activities as deputies continue to work tirelessly to get residents out of the dangerous conditions. Residents queue to receive food (pictured)

Newsom reportedly hasn't kept a public schedule for several weeks, including his recent visit to Washington to meet with Biden and California Senator Alex Padilla

Newsom reportedly hasn’t kept a public schedule for several weeks, including his recent visit to Washington to meet with Biden and California Senator Alex Padilla

Last weekend, all highways leading to the mountains were closed and have since been intermittently opened to residents and convoys of trucks loaded with food or other supplies.

Sheriff Shannon Dicus “encourages people to stay out of the local mountains” for recreational activities as deputies continue to work tirelessly to get residents out of the dangerous conditions.

“I urge the public to please stay out of those areas for any kind of recreation, it’s just not safe,” he said at a press conference on Friday. “People, we’re here for you, we’re going to dig you out and we’re coming.”

The Sheriff’s Department provides residents with ready meals for those who don’t have access to a grocery store.

Dicus described the bailouts as a heart, saying ‘the state highways are like arterial roads, and then you go on the county roads and they’re like arteries, and individual services and homes are like capillaries’.

A man digs himself out of a heavy snow area in Southern California's San Bernardino

A man digs himself out of a heavy snow area in Southern California’s San Bernardino

The Big Bear Mountain Resort received 134 inches, or more than 11 feet, of snow.  Throughout the season, the area has received about 5 feet of snow (photo: a home in Twin Bridges)

The Big Bear Mountain Resort received 134 inches, or more than 11 feet, of snow. Throughout the season, the area has received about 5 feet of snow (photo: a home in Twin Bridges)

“The facilities in the houses that people need to have access to are blocked by walls of snow. So even though we’re making progress, we still have to tear down those walls, clear people’s driveways and clear businesses, and a number of things,” Dicus said.

Several roads into Big Bear, as well as the San Bernardino National Forest, are closed until March 16, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Big Bear Mountain Resort received 134 inches, or more than 11 feet, of snow. Throughout the season, the area has received about 5 meters of snow.

Derek Hayes, stranded in the mountains of California, said he was “very frustrated at first, but now we’re a little scared.”

“There’s nowhere to put the snow, there’s no way to walk around it — it’s up to my neck in many places,” he shared CNN. “You take one step and you sink all the way down.”

“It’s just crazy,” another resident, Charlene Bermudez, told the outlet. “There’s just no way to get out of anything.”

One of Bermudez’s neighbors, who has cancer, has been trying to go outside to attend a doctor’s appointment, she told CNN.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the first time in San Bernardino. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

The Big Bear Mountain Resort received 134 inches, or more than 11 feet, of snow.  San Bernardino Fire works around the clock to help people who are trapped

The Big Bear Mountain Resort received 134 inches, or more than 11 feet, of snow. San Bernardino Fire works around the clock to help people who are trapped

The Sheriff's Department provides residents with ready meals for those who don't have access to a grocery store

The Sheriff’s Department provides residents with ready meals for those who don’t have access to a grocery store

Dominga Mijangos, an old resident of Crestline, receives donated food

Dominga Mijangos, an old resident of Crestline, receives donated food

Several roads into Big Bear, as well as the San Bernardino National Forest, are closed until March 16, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Several roads into Big Bear, as well as the San Bernardino National Forest, are closed until March 16, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hannah Whiteoak, who has had to dig out her car at least four times, said the mountain community has gone into ‘survival mode’ and ‘just keeps going’.

It’s unclear how many people are trapped, but 13 counties are in emergency situations.

Yesterday, tornadoes swept through Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, leaving a trail of destruction — with more tornadoes predicted through Friday.

The devastation is exposed in dramatic videos showing overturned trucks, fiery explosions and debris scattered across neighborhoods and highways. The extreme weather continues Friday with a chance of ‘baseball-sized hail’ in some areas.

Workers in Twin Bridges examine the snow on Friday.  The Sierra snowpack survey conducted on Friday revealed a recorded snow depth of 116.5 inches

Workers in Twin Bridges examine the snow on Friday. The Sierra snowpack survey conducted on Friday revealed a recorded snow depth of 116.5 inches

State Route 38 is covered in snow with high snowdrifts lining the tree-lined road

State Route 38 is covered in snow with high snowdrifts lining the tree-lined road

A snowy mountain can be seen in San Bernardino on Thursday

A snowy mountain can be seen in San Bernardino on Thursday

A clip filmed in Texas shows power lines engulfed in flames just feet from people’s homes as a tornado passed through. National Weather Service teams planned to head out Friday to survey areas for likely tornado damage in the storm’s path, which stretched from southeastern Oklahoma to Lone Star State and neighboring Arkansas and Louisiana.

The frightening weather across the region comes as parts of California were showered with a rare dose of heavy snow this week.

Eight million people in the South are under a moderate to severe storm threat as Texas and Louisiana are devastated by massive tornadoes.

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