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Flash flood watch issued for Cave Fire burn area

Posted at 11:33 PM, Dec 03, 2019

The rain system which is already delivering showers to the area will also have the potential to deliver heavier rainfall and even scattered thunderstorms thru mid-day Wednesday.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected near recent burn areas from a cold and vigorous storm system. Rainfall rates between 0.50 inch per hour and 1.00 inch per hour are possible, especially near thunderstorms which are possible with the system.

The heavier rain rates could produce mud and debris flows for the Cave Fire burn area in Santa Barbara County.

The flash flood watch is in effect from 4 A.M. to noon Wednesday.

Flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat in and below the recently burned areas.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Southern California residents, in or below the recently burned areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property. Persons in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.

Generally the storm will produce .50-1.5" of rain but locally more is possible.

The rain could also be a challenge on the morning commute.