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Sheriff: Evacuated residents may return home as storm threat passes

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff on Tuesday lifted a mandatory evacuation order for people in areas considered to be at extreme risk of debris flows after the National Weather Service canceled a Flash Flood Watch for the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa, and Alamo fire burn areas.

People in those areas may return home immediately.

The National Weather System says the storm, which was at one point expected to drop up to .70 inches of rain per hour, is now expected to drop less than 0.25 inches of rain per hour, well below the threshold for debris flows.

This is one of several storms expected to move through the area over the next week, and Santa Barbara County emergency officials say they are closely monitoring the weather systems. They say, at this time, none of the coming storms appear to be strong enough to trigger debris flows.

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