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Storm Update: March 22, 6 a.m. Significant Increase in Storm Intensity Forecasted

Storm Update: March 22, 6 a.m.

Significant Increase in Storm Intensity Forecasted

– The National Weather Service is anticipating storm intensity to increase significantly beginning Thursday morning (March 22) and continuing through the early Friday countywide. Rainfall rates will range from half-inch to one-inch per hour with rates in excess of one-inch per hour during thunderstorms. The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management issued a storm update and Aware and Prepare alert to residents countywide at 5:20 a.m.

These rainfall rates pose a real threat for debris flows in all recent burn areas as well as periods of urban and small stream flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for all of Santa Barbara County through 5 pm on Thursday, March 22. Public safety officials are asking the community to remain vigilant and to understand the potential strength of this storm and the immediate threat it may pose to your safety.

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