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Flood Advisory issued for Santa Barbara County

Posted at 5:27 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 11:07:01-05

The atmospheric river event taking place over California didn’t produce much rain Wednesday, but rainfall amounts will go up on Valentine’s Day.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory over Santa Barbara County.  A band of heavy rain is traveling over the Sherpa Fire, Whittier Fire and Thomas Fire burn scars. The heavy rain could cause flooding, debris flow and ponding of water. The advisory was initially set to expire at 7:30 a.m. but was extended until 9:45 a.m. as heavy rainfall will continue along the south coast through at least 9:00 a.m.

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The coastal valleys and beaches could still receive 0.50’’-1.5’’ of rain and the foothills and mountains could get 1.5’’-4’’ of rain. Peak rainfall hours for Thursday’s storm will be between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall cannot be ruled out during these hours. Heading into the afternoon hours, rain will start to taper off. By the evening hours, the area will be left with scattered showers and cloudy skies.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals:
Rocky Butte: 3.38”
San Simeon: 0.79”
Cambria: 0.86”
Templeton: 0.55”
Paso Robles: 0.11”
Santa Margarita: 0.99”
San Luis Obispo 0.75”
Arroyo Grande: 0.40”
Pismo Beach: 0.31”
Nipomo: 0.32”
Santa Maria: 0.32”
Orcutt: 0.51”
Vandenberg Air Force Base: 0.62”
Lompoc: 0.92”
Los Alamos: 0.40”
Los Olivos: 0.30”
Las Cruces: 1.20”
Gaviota Coast: 1.18”
El Capitan: 1.36”
Refugio Pass: 1.66”
San Marcos Pass: 1.24”
Isla Vista: 0.52”
Santa Barbara: 0.61”
Montecito: 0.58”
Summerland: 0.23”
Carpinteria: 0.09”

A wind advisory for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties will remain in place through 3:00 p.m. Thursday as gusty wind conditions continue. Throughout the morning and afternoon, winds will range from 25-40 miles per hour with wind gusts from 50-60 mph. A high wind warning still remains in place for the interior portions of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as wind gusts will likely get close to 60 mph.

Scattered showers are expected to continue throughout the weekend before conditions clear up by Monday.