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Flash Flood Watch remains in place for Santa Barbara County, heaviest rain expected tonight

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A Flash Flood Watch for Santa Barbara County will remain in place from Thursday night until Friday morning. Heavy rainfall rates could reach .5’’ per hour and impact the Whittier and Thomas burn areas and possibly cause debris flow. This storm system has potential to bring 1-3 inches of rain from Thursday until it exits the area Saturday. The system will cover San Luis Obispo County and the western portion of Santa Barbara County Thursday morning before sweeping over and covering both counties by the evening.

There is also a wind advisory in place for both San Luis Obispo County and the Southern portion of Santa Barbara County. That advisory goes into effect Thursday at 3:00 and will last until 3:00 p.m. Friday. Winds will generally increase by Thursday and range from 15-25 mph with gusts reaching up to 40 mph.

As this storm approaches, Santa Barbara County Officials have extended the recommendation evacuation warning for the South Coast. For more information on evacuations, click here.

Here's a look at current rainfall totals from the past six hours:

Rocky Butte: 1.70''

San Simeon: 0.63''

Cambria: 0.51''

San Luis Obispo: 0.08''

As of 9:00 a.m. Thursday, the rain hadn't reached Santa Barbara County. KSBY will continue to monitor this storm and rain totals. 

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