California and Alabama emergencies – level 3

19-01-2023 15:00

US president Biden approved an emergency declaration for California, as it struggles to cope with a series of deadly storms.

Since December 26, 2022, a series of storms killed at least 19 people and brought floods, power outages, mudslides, evacuations, and road closures. Some areas had floods three times in ten days. The president’s action makes federal funding available to affected people in Merced, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz counties.

Biden also approved an emergency declaration for Alabama on Sunday. At least five tornadoes hit central Alabama on Thursday. At least nine people died in tornadoes; they destroyed homes and stopped power to tens of thousands in the southeast United States.

Difficult words: outage (a time when a power supply or other service isn’t available), federal  funding (money that a government uses for a specific purpose), county (a large area in a state).

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