Thunderstorms bring watches and warnings to Central Coast

Thunderstorms boom over Central Coast

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Residents in different parts of Santa Barbara County saw lightning, heard thunder, and in some areas were warned of possible flash flooding due to storms that blew up and rolled across the region Sunday afternoon and evening

An after flash flood warning for the burn area of the Alamo Fire east of Santa Maria caused some concern when first issued as it was incorrectly labeled as an "Earthquake Warning," rather than an "evacuation warning."  The error was quickly corrected by the National Weather Service.

The storms are coming from moisture flowing north from Mexico, and is part of the remnants of Hurricane Katia which hit the eastern shores of Mexico along the Gulf Coast over the weekend.  The storm quickly lost strength as it went inland, but still pumped enough moisture that affected weather in Southern California.

Watches and warnings will remain in effect overnight Sunday.  Readers can refer to the KEYT-KCOY-KKFX weather app on their mobile phones, or to the weather section here at the website for the latest details.

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