Heavy Rain Hits Parts Of Central, South Coasts, But Flash Flood Warnings Cancelled

Jan 17, 2019

A powerful storm which at one point triggered some Flash Flood Warnings in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties continues to hit the region, but the rainfall has eased enough for the warnings to be cancelled.

The storm has dumped more than four inches of rain in some mountain areas in a less than 24 hour period.

There were Flash Flood Warnings issued during the early morning hours for the Santa Maria area, and later for the Thomas Fire burn areas in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but they were later cancelled.  No major problems were reported, although their have been minor debris flows which have affected some streets and highways.

There's still a Flash Flood Watch in place for the Thomas, Sherpa, and Whitter brush fire burn areas until 9 a.m.  There's also a watch in place for the Woolsey, and Hill fire burn areas until 1 p.m.

National Weather Service forecasters say we could see on and off heavy rain for the next few hours, turning to showers later in the day.