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Santa Barbara County Issues Pre-Evacuation Advisory for Below Burn Areas

Santa Barbara County Issues Pre-Evacuation Advisory for Below Burn Areas

Unstable Storm Expected in the Area Tuesday Night Through Thursday

A Pre-Evacuation Advisory has been issued for the areas below the Thomas, Sherpa, Whittier and Alamo fires due to an approaching winter storm forecasted for Tuesday night. This is the time to prepare for evacuation within the next 72 hours for anyone who lives near a burn area in Santa Barbara County.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates there is the potential for a prolonged period of moderate to heavy rainfall with this system, with highest rainfall intensities expected to occur sometime between late Tuesday night, March 20 through early Thursday, March 22. During this time, rainfall rates will likely exceed USGS thresholds and bring the threat of significant flash flooding and debris flows in recent burn areas. The forecast currently is indicating rainfall rates of .5 to .75 inches per hour.

“Based on today’s forecast from the National Weather Service, this is the most powerful storm of the season since the 1/9 Debris Flow,” said Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

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