Mudslide Reported in Southern California; Thousands Under Evacuation Orders

A 'pretty significant storm' is expected on Thursday and has authorities on alert

Santa Barbara County officials said that while the potential for debris flow is low to moderate, waterways may spill over into roadways. "The worst of the storm has passed over". Visit ReadySBC.org to access the interactive evacuation map or call the Public Information Call Center at 833-688-5551 for assistance.

"Compared to the last event where we had very, very, very heavy rain in like a five-, 10-minute period, we're not really expecting the really heavy, quick intense rainfall, but I would say there's definitely a chance there'll be some issues in that Montecito area", said Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The California Department of Transportation said a 90-mile (145-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 80 was closed between Colfax, California, and the Nevada state line due to whiteout conditions. A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of the Sierra Nevada, where snow was piling up and travel was hard due to repeated highway closures and the need for chains in many places.

Three inches of rain fell from OR to Northern California, with reports of flooding in the San Francisco Bay area.

Already, the Sierra Nevada Mountains has seen 2 feet of snow and winds gusting over 100 miles per hour.

The snow will help the Sierra snowpack, which is vital to the state's water supply and is only about a quarter of its normal depth for this time of winter.

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Flash flood watches were in effect in the foothills of Los Angeles and in Santa Barbara County, but the watch was canceled in Montecito just before 7 a.m.

"We're thrilled about this storm", Myers said.

Evacuations were ordered for residents near three burn scars in Santa Barbara County, California, on Thursday afternoon.

The order includes Montecito, where 21 people were killed by a huge landslide in January, the report added. Other areas impacted by the order are Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

Officials also urged residents to monitor the county's website for updates and sign up for the county's Aware and Prepare emergency alert system.

In a news release, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, "Together we made it through the first winter storm since the 1/9 Debris Flow".

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