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Rain clearing in Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria and moving south

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According to the National Weather Service, within the Whittier Fire burn scar area, a maximum of 0.70'' of rain fell each hour from 2:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. The total amount thru 7:45 a.m. was 3.31''. Further south, NWS officials say within the Santa Barbara County Thomas Fire in burn scar there was a maximum of 0.61'' of rain that fell each hour within that same time frame. By 7:45 a.m., NWS officials reporter that 2.35'' of rain fell in total over that area. 

Rain is clearing up along the Santa Barbara coastline near burn areas of the Thomas Fire and Whittier Fire. The heavy rain that was over the mountains behind Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria is starting to move out of the area and shift towards Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. National Weather Service reported rainfall totals were near 0.50'' of rain in those hillsides but decreased to 0.30''-0.50'' of rain in the 6 o'clock hour. A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect through Friday morning until 9:00  as scattered showers will continue throughout the morning. During this time there is still potential for rainfall rates to reach up to .50’’ per hour, particularly in the foothills and coastal slopes of Santa Barbara County near the Whittier and Thomas burn areas. This indicates that flash flooding conditions could develop if this rain picks up, causing mud and debris flow. The following areas in Santa Barbara could be impacted.

A Flash Flood Warning will remain in effect until 6:45 a.m. in areas near the Thomas Fire Burn areas in Montecito, Carpinteria, and Summerland in Santa Barbara County. According to Doppler Radar and local rain gauges, 30 minute and one-hour rainfall rates in those areas were already between .30’’ and .50’’ around 2:40 Friday morning. The National Weather Service says as a result of these rainfall totals within that time period indicates mud and debris flow in those areas are possible Friday morning and will begin on the western edge of the Thomas Fire burn areas and spread eastward.

Santa Ynez Valley-Santa Barbara County South Coast, Santa Barbara County Mountains, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, San Marcos Pass.

Here's a look at current rain totals in the impacted areas:

Carpinteria: 0.38''

Summerland: 0.68''

Montecito: 0.72''

Cold Springs: 0.74''

El Capitan: 0.07''

Gaviota: 0.10''

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