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Saturday, December 18, 2010

NWS: FLASH FLOOD WATCH - BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

#CAWX - #FLOOD WATCH - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
822 PM PST FRI DEC 17 2010
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING...
FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS IN
SANTA BARBARA,VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES

 A PLUME OF VERY DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE ACROSS THE PACIFIC
OCEAN WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA OVER THE NEXT
SEVERAL DAYS.
  THIS COMBINED WITH A SERIES OF STORM FRONTS WILL BRING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN TO MUCH OF THE FORECAST AREA THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS SHOULD OCCUR OVER THE SOUTH FACING FOOTHILL AND MOUNTAIN REGIONS OF SANTA BARBARA...VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES...WHERE UP TO 6 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN COULD FALL.

DUE TO THE HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE...STEADY
RAIN SHOULD HELP GIVE A GOOD SOAKING TO THE BURN AREAS THROUGH
SATURDAY.

BY SATURDAY EVENING...RAINFALL INTENSITIES SHOULD INCREASE AND PERSIST THROUGH SUNDAY. THIS WILL BRING THE POSSIBILITY OF DANGEROUS DEBRIS FLOWS IN AND NEAR THE THE RECENT BURN AREAS...SUCH AS THE STATION...MORRIS...JESUSITA AND LA BREA BURN AREAS FROM 2009 AND THE CROWN BURN AREA FROM 2010.

RAIN SHOULD TAPER OFF BY EARLY MONDAY FOR A SHORT PERIOD...THEN
ANOTHER ROUND OF POSSIBLY MORE SIGNIFICANT RAIN COULD BRING MORE
DAMAGING WIDESPREAD FLASH FLOODING AND AREAL FLOODING TO PORTIONS
OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. 

RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH WEDNESDAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE SOME OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS SEEN IN RECENT YEARS.

WHERE: CUYAMA VALLEY-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SOUTH COAST- SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF CUYAMA, SANTA BARBARA, MONTECITO, CARPINTERIA, SAN MARCOS PASS, SAN RAFAEL WILDERNESS AREA...
DICK SMITH WILDERNESS AREA



* FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOW WILL BE A THREAT IN AND BELOW THE
RECENT BURN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

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 THE DIRECTIONS OF
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OFFICIALS.

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