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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
Monday February 4th, 2019 :: 06:38 a.m. PST


Message from Aware and Prepare Alerts:

The National Weather Service in OXNARD has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for...
Santa Barbara County in southwestern California...

* Until 730 AM PST.

* At 545 AM PST, Doppler radar indicated a fairly narrow line of 
heavy showers moving across western Santa Barbara County. Rainfall 
rates within this band of rain were between 0.25 and 0.50 inches 
per hour. Heavier embedded quick moving showers will likely 
produce briefly higher rainfall rates. This band of showers will 
move across the county through 730 AM PST, then should exit the 
county. It will affect the Whittier and Sherpa burn areas from 
about 615 AM to 645 AM, and the Santa Barbara County portion of 
the Thomas Burn area from about 645 AM to 730 AM PST. 

* The rain will cause widespread ponding of water on area roadways 
and flooding of low lying areas and intersections. In the Whittier 
and Sherpa burn areas, and the Santa Barbara County portion of the 
Thomas Burn area, the rain may cause mudslide and rockslides, and 
possibly some shallow debris flows. 

* When driving, Be prepared for a sudden change to near zero
visibility as these showers quickly move through the area. 

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Buellton, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Refugio, Lake Cachuma, Gaviota, 
Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Isla Vista and Carpinteria, and 
the Whitter, Sherpa and Santa Barbara County portion of the Thomas 
Burn area. 


Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Move away from recently burned areas. Minor flooding of creeks, roads
and normally dry arroyos is likely. The rain may trigger shallow
mud and debris flows, minor rock falls, and flooding capable
of localized damage, especially in steep terrain near burn scars.

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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-681-5526

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