Flash Flood Warning Issued Thursday Morning For Thomas Fire Burn Area

Jan 17, 2019

The third in a series of storms to hit the region this week his the Central Coast hard early this morning, and is now stepping up rainfall to potentially dangerous conditions on the South Coast. There is a Flash Flood Warning in effect for the Thomas Fire burn areas in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

The National Weather Service put the warning into effect after rainfall in excess of an inch an hour was recorded. Here’s what that means. If you live in a potential Thomas fire flood zone, you should move to higher ground, or shelter in place. If you can easily get to a neighbor's house on higher ground on foot, go there. But, if you live in an area where the roads are at risk, do not drive. If you have a two story house, go upstairs. People in single story homes should go to the center of their homes.

The flash flood warning is in effect until 7:30 this morning. There is a Flash Flood Watch in the Hill, and Woolsey burn areas, which means people should stay alert to the situation.

As of 4:30 a.m., more than three inches of rain has been recorded on San Marcos Pass, and at KCLU’s transmitter on Gibraltar Peak above Montecito. Nordoff Ridge in Ventura County has recorded more than 4.6 inches of rain.