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    Flood Watch Issued for Santa Barbara County

    By Santa Barbara County OEM – Monday, March 20 at 3:50 PM

    Atmospheric River Storm March 20-22, 2023

    An atmospheric river storm is expected to arrive in Santa Barbara County tonight and is forecast to bring strong winds, localized and coastal flooding, and the possibility of isolated thunderstorms.

    • FLOOD WATCH has been issued countywide, effective the evening of Monday, March 20, through Wednesday morning, March 22. Avoid low-lying and flood-prone areas, areas with standing water, and areas near creeks or streams. If you are in one of these areas, be prepared to go to higher ground.
    • HIGH-WIND WARNING is also in effect for the Cuyama Valley area for Tuesday, March 21.  Visit www.weather.gov/lox for the latest weather information.

    Evacuations are NOT being issued at this time. Public safety officials will continue to work together to assess further if any protective actions are necessary.

    Residents should take steps to prepare ahead of the storm.

    • Preparedness tips and resources can be accessed at https://www.countyofsb.org/576/Storm-Readiness.  
    • If you are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your home, leave the area before the rain starts. Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.

    During the Rain: 

    • If you feel unsafe during the rainfall, shelter in place in your home by gathering your family and pets in the innermost room of your house, preferably on the top floor if you live in a multi-story home.
    • Do not attempt to drive at night or while it is raining, as roads may be damaged and your car may be swept away by moving water or debris.

    Public safety officials are keeping a close eye on the incoming storm. Officials will continue to work together to assess further if emergency protective actions are necessary, such as an evacuation warning, evacuation order, or shelter in place.

    Register for Emergency Alerts here: www.ReadySBC.org.

    Stormy weather through Wednesday, March 22 (courtesy NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard)
    Expected Storm Total Rain 03-20 to 03-23 (courtesy NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard)
    Rain Timing and Intensity (courtesy NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard)


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