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Heavy Rain In Forecast; Totals Could Hit 6" On Coast, 10" In Central, South Coast Mountains

Storm on West Coast
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What has the potential to be a monster storm could create large amounts of rainfall on the Central and South Coasts Wednesday and Thursday.

Meteorologists say we could see two to six inches of rain on the coast, and five to ten inches in the foothills, and mountains.  A number of mandatory evacuations went into effect in Santa Barbara and Ventura County burn areas at noon on Tuesday.

In Southern Santa Barbara County, which was hit hard by the January 9th debris flows which killed 23 people, authorities have beefed up emergency response resources.  They've added some two dozen extra fire engines, extra helicopters, and four water rescue teams to the existing public safety units already in the region. 

Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County public works crews working since the January disaster to clear debris basins say they managed to get work done on the Montecito basins.  They say the huge Santa Monica debris basin above Carpinteria is almost clear, but is ready for the big storm.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.