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Message from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management: Weather Advisory

Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services, and cooperating emergency response agencies are all closely monitoring the weather system which is forecasted to arrive in the Santa Barbara area Tuesday afternoon 10/2/18. At this time the NWS does not expect the system to reach rain intensity thresholds which can produce debris flows from the recent burn areas. No evacuation orders or warnings are planned at this time. Conditions can change so please continue to monitor local news and weather. This office will provide another update on Monday afternoon.

The first storm of the season is expected to impact the Santa Barbara south coast Tuesday into Wednesday. While there is increasing confidence that rain will occur across the south coast sometime in this time period, there is still considerable uncertainty in the rainfall amounts, timing, and intensities. There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms across the south coast sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon which could be capable of producing brief heavy downpours. As a result, there is a low probability of reaching USGS thresholds (0.80 inches in 60 minutes, 0.60 inches in 30 minutes, and 0.40 inches in 15 minutes) for the burn areas in the Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon time period. Storm totals are generally expected to range between 0.50 and 1.50 inches across the South coast, but local amounts up to 2.00 inches will be possible across south facing slopes and near thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

Sky/weather…………Mostly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers, especially in the afternoon. 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Max temperature……..66-70.

Wind (20 ft)………..Southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming southwest 8 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Rainfall intensities…Low probability of reaching USGS thresholds in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Sky/weather…………Mostly cloudy. 70 percent chance of showers. 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Min temperature……..56-60.

Wind (20 ft)………..Southeast 8 to 15 mph.

Rainfall intensities…Low probability of reaching USGS thresholds.

WEDNESDAY…

Sky/weather…………Mostly cloudy. 70 percent chance of showers.  20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Max temperature……..66-70.

Wind (20 ft)………..South to southeast 8 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

Rainfall intensities…Low probability of reaching USGS thresholds.

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During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the Internet.

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