Evacuations recommended as storm approaches burn areas
Mar 03, 2018, 00:37
The storm isn't expected to touch down until late tonight and early Friday.
"We're thrilled about this storm", said Stephanie Myers, a spokeswoman for Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe. People can not be forced to leave their homes under a mandatory evacuation order, but authorities said they should not be expected to be rescued while the storm event is occurring.
In Carpinteria, creeks that flooded Highway 101 on January 9 were not even a third full on Friday morning, Eliason said.
Santa Barbara County issued a recommended evacuation warning for south coast communities including Montecito, where a January 9 storm triggered flash floods that destroyed or damaging hundreds of homes.
Flood Advisory issued for central Santa Barbara County on March 2, 2018.
Flooding was reported in Montecito areas early Friday morning, including HIghway 192 at Tabor Lane. The following areas in Santa Barbara could be impacted. Individuals must be out of the area depicted on the below map by 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Should the need arise, CHP would close Highway 101 just prior to the arrival of the intense portion of the storm.
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The primary concern will be heavy rain and flooding, with an occasional strong wind gust or two with some of these storms. Minor flooding is possible along smaller creeks and streams due to the recent snow melt and very saturated ground.
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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released a recommended evacuation warning February 28, warning residents near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas of potential mudslides and debris flows. However, modeling indicates "there is a risk for unsafe flash flooding, mud and debris flows", he warned.
Residents living in or immediately downstream from the Thomas Fire area were urged to take immediate precautions to protect life and property. A 6 PM deadline to get out looms as a flash-flood warning is in effect for the tony burg with a winter storm bearing down.
"You can expect to see higher rainfall rates in the upper reaches of the burn areas", Seto explained.
The National Weather Service forecast storm would produce between a half-inch and an inch of rain along the coast and in valley areas, and between two and three inches of rain in the mountains.
The gauges at the Doulton Tunnel above Montecito and the Edison Trail above Carpinteria had each received about 0.40 inches of rain within an hour, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Santa Barbara County officials said that while the potential for debris flow is low to moderate, waterways may spill over into roadways.
Morning clouds will clear to mostly sunny skies as northwesterly winds at 15 miles per hour gust to 25 at times in the afternoon. The rain chances are up on both days, and so it's best to be prepared for some rain and have your umbrella.
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