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Storm Drops 15" Of Rain In Central Coast Mountains; Now Shifting In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

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National Weather Service radar imagery of storm at 4 p.m. Thursday

The big storm that’s been hounding the Central Coast for the last two days is finally moving south Southern Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

It’s a storm that the Central Coast won’t soon forget.  Some mountain areas in the northwest part of San Luis Obispo county have had nearly 15 inches of rain.

Cambria has reported 11 inches, Los Osos more than eight inches and San Luis Obispo around seven inches of rain.  In Santa Barbara County, Solvang and the Gaviota Coast are both reporting about four inches of rain.

The stalled system is finally moving, with the heaviest rain for Southern Santa Barbara County and Ventura County expected by midnight Thursday.  No evacuation orders have been issued for the region's past brush fire burn zones.  Unlike some Southern California counties, the region hasn't had recent major fires in areas which might create mudslide, or debris flow concerns for homes.

The main plume of moisture, the heaviest rainfall is expected to move through Ventura County, and into Los Angeles County late Thursday night.

We could see one to three inches of rain on the coast and inland, and up to four inches in the mountains.

There’s a winter storm warning for Santa Barbara and Ventura County mountains, with strong wind and one to two feet of snow possible.