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Flash Flood Watch issued for Cuyama, Santa Barbara Co. mountains, interior valleys of SLO County

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 00:00:46-04

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County mountains, interior valleys of San Luis Obispo County, and the San Luis Obispo County mountains from 7:30 p.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. on Sunday.

According to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services, the Flash Flood Watch includes parts of the Cave Fire burn area.

NWS says rainfall rates up to around one-inch per hour are possible as a result of potential thunderstorms.

Flash flooding could also lead to mud and debris flows, particularly in recent burn areas. Residents in those areas are advised to remain alert and take steps to protect their property.

According to the National Weather Service, remnants of Hurricane Genevieve are moving over Southern California this weekend.

There's also a chance of lightning at Southern California beaches this weekend, so beachgoers are warned to pay attention to lifeguards and seek shelter if told to evacuate.