Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

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Storm Update as of Thursday Morning
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Montecito Creek flows Wednesday morning March 21 under East Valley Rd. in Montecito. Nearby are homes that were destroyed from the deadly Jan 9 debris flow. (Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)

Update by County of Santa Barbara

Storm Update: March 22, 6 a.m.
Significant Increase in Storm Intensity Forecasted

The National Weather Service is anticipating storm intensity to increase significantly beginning Thursday morning (March 22) and continuing through the early Friday countywide. Rainfall rates will range from half-inch to one-inch per hour with rates in excess of one-inch per hour during thunderstorms. The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management issued a storm update and Aware and Prepare alert to residents countywide at 5:20 a.m.

These rainfall rates pose a real threat for debris flows in all recent burn areas as well as periods of urban and small stream flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for all of Santa Barbara County through 5 pm on Thursday, March 22. Public safety officials are asking the community to remain vigilant and to understand the potential strength of this storm and the immediate threat it may pose to your safety.

“The present wave of this storm is much stronger and more dangerous than what we have experienced over the last 24 hours,” said Rob Lewin, Director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. He added, “This is a very serious situation. We all need to stay safe by following the directions of our public safety leaders. Stay out of evacuation areas. Exercise extreme caution when driving.”

For information, the public may call 2-1-1 or the storm information line at 1-833-688-5551. The Red Cross Evacuation Center at Earl Warren Showgrounds is open and sheltering evacuees. Large and small animals have been evacuated to Earl Warren Showgrounds, County Animal Services and the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

March 22 – Facts as of 6:00 a.m.

Public information line is 833-688-5551

People in Evacuation Areas
  • There are approximately 21,000 people living in the evacuation areas with a daytime population of approximately 30,000
  • Red Cross Evacuation Center at Earl Warren – 46 people overnight
 
Retirement Communities
  • Casa Dorinda is fully evacuated
  • Carpinteria Senior Lodge evacuated
  • Futures Unlimited evacuated
  • Grandvita Senior Living is sheltering in place
 
Animals sheltered as of March 21 9am - total animals: 285
Earl Warren: total 133 animals
  • 76 horses
  • 8 donkeys
  • 1 pig
  • 13 goats/sheep
  • 7 alpacas/llamas
  • 4 cows
  • 7 rabbits
  • 14 chickens
SB County Animal Services: total 117 animals
  • 18 guinea pigs
  • 7 rabbits
  • 1 gecko
  • 6 cats
  • 37 chickens from this storm
  • 48 chickens from 1/9 storm
Santa Barbara Humane Society: total 35 animals
  • 17 cats
  • 18 dogs
Santa Maria Fairplex is on standby for large animals in North County and County
Animal Services is able to accept small animals if needed.
 
 
Resources - 427 Total Personnel
  • Fire engines = 10
  • 4 wheel drive fire engines = 13
  • Fire patrol vehicles = 4
  • Fire Hand crews = 3
  • Ambulances = 3
  • 4 wheel ambulances = 1
  • National Guard H2O Rescue Vehicles = 10
  • Helicopters = 2
  • Excavators = 1
  • Bull Dozers = 1
  • Swift H2O Rescue Teams = 4
  • Regular Task Force = 4
  • SB Sheriff Deputies = 40
  • SB City Police Officers = 22
 
Schools
 
Public School Districts:
Carpinteria Unified School District Classes are canceled Thursday
Cold Spring School will hold classes at their alternate site in Goleta on Thursday
Montecito Union School will hold classes at their alternate sites in the Hope School District on Thursday
Santa Barbara Unified will hold classes as planned
 
Private Schools:
Laguna Blanca Lower School will continue to hold classes at their Laguna North location, with no bus service from Montecito
Mt Carmel School will hold classes off-site at their alternate campuses Thursday (St Josephs’s for Carpinteria families; Notre Dame for Santa Barbara Families).
Cate School: Classes will be held. Day students are staying on campus through the storm
Crane Country Day: Upper School will be doing online/distance learning. Lower school is at an alternate site in Santa Barbara
Marymount School will hold classes as scheduled on Thursday.
 
Colleges and Universities:
SBCC: Classes will continue as normal. Continue to monitor road conditions
Westmont: Thursday's classes are canceled, allowing for homework/study day
 
 
Rainfall
  • Flash Flood Watch issued for entire Santa Barbara County through 5pm today.
  • Risk of debris flow in burn areas and urban and small stream flooding
  • Rainfall rates expected to reach .5-1 inch per hour with rates in excess of 1 inch per hour near thunderstorms
  • Rainfall raites have reached 1/3" in a 15 minute period.
  • Lightning has been viewed and is an indicator of higher rainfall rates so will be watched closely.

Source: County of Santa Barbara

Update on March 20 – 22, 2018 Storm
As of March 21, 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service is anticipating higher intensity rainfall later today (Wednesday, March 21) into Thursday, March 22. Public safety officials are asking the community to remain vigilant and understand the potential strength of this storm.

Although the National Weather Service predicted a half-inch per hour, Tuesday night’s rainfall reached a 1/3 of an inch per hour. There were some short durations of high intensity rain with little flooding or debris flow. “With the debris basins empty, the creek channels are doing their job to carry significant amounts of rock and debris,” said Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. He added, “We are referring to this moment as ‘half time’ for this storm because the area is seeing a slight lull, but we have to be ready for the next much stronger part of this storm.”

According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes have occurred offshore. Lightning can be an indicator of higher rainfall rates and will be watched closely. While there will be lulls throughout the duration of the storm, the heaviest rain is expected between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 22. The foothills and mountains could see up to 0.5 to 0.75 inches per hour which meets or exceeds the threshold to trigger debris flows.

Residents have taken action to protect themselves and their family pets. The Red Cross Evacuation Center at Earl Warren Showgrounds sheltered 32 people as of Tuesday night.

Large and small animals have been evacuated to Earl Warren Showgrounds, County Animal Services and the Santa Barbara Humane Society with a total of 235 animals receiving sheltered care.

March 21 – Facts

Center / public information line is 833-688-5551

People in Evacuation Areas
  • There are approximately 21,000 people living in the evacuation areas with a daytime population of approximately 30,000
  • Red Cross Evacuation Center at Earl Warren – 32 people overnight
 
Retirement Communities
  • Casa Dorinda is fully evacuated
  • Carpinteria Senior Lodge evacuated
  • Futures Unlimited evacuated
  • Grandvita Senior Living is sheltering in place
 
Animals sheltered as of March 21 9am - total animals: 285
Earl Warren: total 133 animals
  • 76 horses
  • 8 donkeys
  • 1 pig
  • 13 goats/sheep
  • 7 alpacas/llamas
  • 4 cows
  • 7 rabbits
  • 14 chickens
SB County Animal Services: total 117 animals
  • 18 guinea pigs
  • 7 rabbits
  • 1 gecko
  • 6 cats
  • 37 chickens from this storm
  • 48 chickens from 1/9 storm
Santa Barbara Humane Society: total 35 animals
  • 17 cats
  • 18 dogs
Santa Maria Fairplex is on standby for large animals in North County and County
Animal Services is able to accept small animals if needed.
 
 
Resources
  • Fire engines = 10
  • 4 wheel drive fire engines = 13
  • Fire patrol vehicles = 4
  • Fire Hand crews = 3
  • Ambulances = 3
  • 4 wheel ambulances = 1
  • National Guard H2O Rescue Vehicles = 10
  • Helicopters = 2
  • Excavators = 1
  • Bull Dozers = 1
  • Swift H2O Rescue Teams = 4
  • Regular Task Force
 
Schools
 
Public School Districts:
Carpinteria Unified School District Classes are canceled Tuesday and Wednesday
Cold Spring School will hold classes at their alternate site in Goleta Tuesday and Wednesday (Prepared for Thursday )
Montecito Union School will hold classes at their alternate sites in the Hope School District for Tuesday and Wednesday (Prepared for Thursday)
Santa Barbara Unified will hold classes as planned
 
Private Schools:
Laguna Blanca Lower School will continue to hold classes at their Laguna North location, with no bus service from Montecito
Mt Carmel School will hold classes off-site at their alternate campuses Tuesday and Wednesday (St Josephs’s for Carpinteria families; Notre Dame for Santa Barbara Families) Prepared for Thursday as well
Cate School: Classes will be held. Day students are staying on campus through the storm
Crane Country Day: Upper School will be doing online/distance learning. Lower school is at alternate site in Santa Barbara
 
Colleges and Universities:
SBCC: Classes will continue as normal. Continue to monitor road conditions
Westmont: Wednesday’s classes are canceled, allowing for homework/study day
 
 
Rainfall
  • As of March 21 morning, the highest rates have been 1/3” per hour.
  • Short duration of higher intensities have occurred, but did not have the accumulation to reach a concern.
  • Lightning was viewed from cells offshore. Lightning is an indicator of higher rainfall rates so will be watched closely
  • Lull will be seen through the day today and expected to pick up this evening and leading into tomorrow morning
  • Tomorrow morning (0500-1100) is the time of greatest concern and instability. Could see .5”-3/4” per hour in the morning.
  • Continuing rain through the day Thursday, possible until Friday morning, but at a lighter level
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Fitness1 Mar 22, 2018 01:28 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

It just started coming down HARD in North County again! Don't get too relaxed...very windy too. Ready for this to be over!

taz Mar 22, 2018 12:20 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

We love Edhat. Re the summary - please note Edhat posted it (thank you). But further 'credit where due' is that it was prepared by the County of Santa Barbara. Which is doing an outstandingly Wonderful job of keeping everyone informed. Thank you all!

a-1521740660 Mar 22, 2018 10:44 AM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

FLOODING! BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED. Flash Flood Warning. National Weather Service.
928 AM PDT THU MAR 22 2018. The National Weather Service in OXNARD has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... The Sherpa and Whittier burn areas in Southern Santa Barbara County in southwestern California...* Until 1230 PM PDT* . At 925 AM PDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
warned area. Flash flooding and mud and debris flows are expected
to begin shortly. * Some locations that will experience flooding include... El Capitan State Beach. Refugio State Beach...Lake Cachuma...and Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass.

a-1521739596 Mar 22, 2018 10:26 AM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

Downpour Hollister/Turnpike right now. Thank you, County of S.B., for giving us the warning ahead of time. You all are great! I'm toasty in my home, and just ate a potato chip (my comfort food).

mrtrump Mar 22, 2018 10:06 AM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

It is now 10:04 A.M 3/22/18. it is now raining hard in Goleta. Is this the real thing or just another case of the county crying wolf?

a-1521771019 Mar 22, 2018 07:10 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

The national weather service forecast the downpours/intensity rates. If they didn't fulfill worst case scenario, you should be glad. SMH. I think SLO county got it worse than we did. Many post-fire sites in LA county, and evacuations too.

a-1521676676 Mar 21, 2018 04:57 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

MILLIMESA. I agree with you. Here's the latest from National Weather Service: Thursday: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 62. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% . Thursday Night. Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

millimesa Mar 21, 2018 04:45 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

Strange that the Montecito schools are anticipating classes will be A-OK for Thursday when we all know the heaviest of the storm will be early Thursday morning.

a-1521683241 Mar 21, 2018 06:47 PM
Storm Update as of Thursday Morning

I read "prepared for Thursday" as meaning they are prepared to hold classes at their alternate sites on Thursday, if necessary.

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