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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
Monday October 12th, 2009 :: 11:58 a.m. PDT

Advisory

Weather system entering county Tues AM.System has significant moisture.Watch for potential flooding below burn areas.

From National Weather Service: A STRONG STORM SYSTEM...ESPECIALLY FOR OCTOBER...WILL BEGIN MOVING INTO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ON MONDAY NIGHT. CONSIDERABLE REMNANT MOISTURE FROM FORMER WESTERN PACIFIC TYPHOON MELOR IS EXPECTED TO BE PULLED INTO THIS SYSTEM. AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THIS STORM WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL TO THE AREA ALONG WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS ACROSS RECENT BURN AREAS.

OVER SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES...THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST RAIN WILL BE TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. PRELIMINARY RAINFALL ESTIMATES FOR THESE AREAS RANGE FROM 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER COASTAL AREAS TO 3 TO 5 INCHES OVER FOOTHILL AND MOUNTAIN AREAS. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE OVER FAVORED SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST FACING MOUNTAIN SLOPES.

ALONG WITH THE HEAVY RAINFALL...GUSTY SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH LIKELY IN SOME AREAS. COASTAL AREAS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 25 AND 45 MPH IN SOME SPOTS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES.

WITH THE EXPECTED HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA... THERE WILL BE A THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOWS NEAR RECENT BURN AREAS. FLASH FLOOD WATCHES FOR THE BURN AREAS MAY BE ISSUED WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

Address/Location
Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

, CA

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

Santa Barbara County O E S


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