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NWS issues Flood Watch

The National Weather Service is forecasting a major storm expected to arrive Saturday, February 17 and last through Wednesday, February 21 and has issued a Flood Watch for all of Santa Barbara County. Flooding in low-lying areas and strong winds are expected. Isolated thunderstorms capable of producing brief heavy rainfall and dangerous flash flooding are possible. Detailed weather forecasts are available at

If you are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your local roads and your home, leave the area before rain starts.  Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.