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Be aware of potential threats and hazards in our community

The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain, strong winds, and possible flash flooding, mud and debris flows for parts of SB County from Monday afternoon to Tuesday evening, possibly longer.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH and a WIND WATCH have been issued for the SB County Mountains, the South Coast. There is a strong potential for flash flooding and mud and debris flows in and below the Thomas, Whittier, Alamo and Sherpa burn areas, and near creeks, streams, riverbeds, and low-lying areas. 

Winds this strong may down trees and power lines, causing property damage or power outages. Cross winds can make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers. Highway 154 will likely be impacted by the strong winds. In addition, the strong winds could also cause considerable blowing ash across the recent burn areas in advance of the heavier rainfall.

*If you are not sure if you are in or below a recent burn area, an interactive Flood/Debris Flow Risk Area Map is available at: http://countyofsb.org/ . If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call 211 or (800) 400-1572 for more info.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Santa Barbara County residents, in or below the recently burned areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their property. Persons in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.

A High Wind Watch means that conditions are favorable for potentially damaging winds of 58 mph or greater. Be prepared to secure all loose outdoor furniture in advance of the onset of strong winds. Monitor the latest forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio
or your favorite media source.

Be prepared, stay alert to changing conditions, and take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. 

Residents can register to receive emergency notifications and alerts at www.AwareAndPrepare.org. Or, to receive limited alerts via text message, text your zip code to 888777.

Storm preparedness information and an interactive Flood/Debris Flow Risk Area Map are available at: http://countyofsb.org/ . If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call 211 or (800) 400-1572 for more info.

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