Mandatory evacuations have been issued for areas below Southern California wildfire burn areas, as a winter storm threatens flash floods and strong winds.
The evacuations go into effect noon Monday for residents near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey fires. An interactive map of the evacuation areas can be found here. Evacuation areas include parts of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.
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The National Weather service is forecasting “heavy rain, strong winds, and possible flash flooding, mud and debris flows” in parts of Santa Barbara County, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. The strong winds may also down power lines and blow ash across the recent burn areas.
Drivers are urged to take caution, especially on Highway 154.
San Luis Obispo County is expected to get up to 4 inches of rain in this storm.
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