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Santa Barbara County OEM issues weather advisory for upcoming storm

Posted at 7:33 PM, Sep 30, 2018

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management is issuing a weather advisory ahead of the storm that’s expected to hit the Central Coast Tuesday and Wednesday.

Showers and possible thunderstorms are expected to move through the Santa Barbara area by Tuesday afternoon. There is still some uncertainty surrounding the amount of rain, timing, and intensity of the rain.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, which could produce brief, heavy downpours.

The National Weather Service does not expect the rainfall to reach thresholds that can produce debris flows near the recent burn areas.

No evacuation orders or warnings are planned, emergency officials say.

USGS thresholds for possible debris flow are as follows:  0.80 inches in 60 minutes, 0.60 inches in 30 minutes, and 0.40 inches in 15 minutes.

You can find the full weather advisory message here.