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Flash Flood Watch for some Santa Barbara areas till noon Wednesday; warning of widespread "ponding" of water on Highways 101 and 154

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Services has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Santa Barbara south coast, interior mountains and Cave Fire burn area until noon today, Wednesday.  Additionally, the National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Advisory for western and southern Santa Barbara County this morning. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. 
The advisory sent before 9 a.m. today states:
“Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. The rain may trigger shallow mud and debris flows, minor rock falls, and flooding capable of localized damage, especially in steep terrain near burn scars. Areal flooding will cause widespread ponding of water on area roadways including Highways 101 and 154, and local flooding of low-lying areas and intersections. Avoid recent burn areas, low-lying areas, areas with standing water, and areas near creeks or streams. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Persons in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.”

 

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