Evacuations ordered ahead of next Southern California storm


Residents who live near the site of a deadly January mudslide in Southern California were ordered to evacuate yet again Monday night amid fears that an incoming storm system could trigger more unsafe debris flows, but those orders were lifted Tuesday morning and everyone was allowed to go home.

The strongest rain from those systems is expected to be between 7 a.m.to 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service.

Those evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday morning local time. In addition, the online interactive Debris Flow Risk Map now shows changes to the risk areas from Extreme Risk to High Risk in the city of Carpinteria based on that city's staff analysis.

The warnings follow the disaster that struck Montecito in January, when a storm unleashed debris flows that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and killed almost two-dozen residents.

Officials has released an evacuation map and recommended residents go to ReadySBC.org for updated information on the weather conditions. Hudson's home was once again bordering a mandatory evacuation zone.

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The incoming storm also prompted voluntary evacuations for neighborhoods in Matilija Canyon and the North Fork area, north of Ojai in Ventura County.

Santa Barbara County has cancelled all evacuation orders for south coast communities because the storm moving across Southern California has not dropped rain at critical rates.

An evacuation center was opened at the Goleta Valley Community Center in Goleta for evacuees who needed shelter, KTLA.com reported.

A second storm expected arrive Wednesday night through Thursday, is likely to bring even lighter showers, according to the NWS.

Snow levels will lower to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet with this colder storm.

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