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One Storm Down, Two To Go This Week For Central, South Coasts; No More Evacuations Expected

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Rain prompted evacuations in Montecito Monday night and Tuesday morning, but no flooding or debris flow problems were reported

There’s a pair of storms on the way for the Central and South Coasts, but rainfall amounts aren’t expected to be heavy enough to cause problems in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

A storm arriving Wednesday night is expected to drop between a quarter of an inch, and half inch of rainfall before leaving our area tomorrow. Then, another storm will arrive Thursday night, perhaps generating a quarter of an inch of rain before it wraps up late Friday, or early Saturday.

National Weather Service meteorologists say neither storm appears to have the potential to create the locally heavy rainfall which could cause flash flooding, or debris flows. No evacuations are anticipated. 

The final numbers on Tuesday’s storm , which did trigger evacuations, include 1.6” of rain in the mountains above Montecito, .76” inch in Santa Barbara, .44” in Carpinteria, and .3” in Oxnard and Ventura.   The evacuation order was lifted at 10:30 Tuesday morning, with no flooding or debris flow problems reported.

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