No evacuations expected as storm system heads to Santa Barbara County over weekend

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Source: County of Santa Barbara


A storm system is expected to bring showers to Santa Barbara County beginning in the afternoon Saturday, March 10 and continuing into Sunday. Predictions for the storm have not changed over the past 24 hours. No evacuations are anticipated at this time.

“While all indication is that this storm will not meet the thresholds for debris flow, we are now monitoring a storm for the later part of next week,” said Rob Lewin, Director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

The County of Santa Barbara thanks the community for staying alert and connected. To register to receive emergency alerts through the countywide Aware and Prepare system and to access storm readiness information, please visit the Ready Santa Barbara County website at  


The County, emergency agencies and the National Weather Service continue to monitor a storm system heading toward Santa Barbara County.  Showers are expected in the region beginning late afternoon Saturday, March 10 and continuing into Sunday.

No evacuations are anticipated at this time.

At present, the National Weather Service is reporting an expected maximum rainfall of approximately 0.8 to 1.6 inches total in foothills and mountains with intensity levels expected to be 0.2 to 0.4 inches per hour. There is a 20 percent chance that the intensity level will exceed the threshold of a half-inch of rain per hour that triggers debris flows. No thunderstorms are expected during the storm.

Emergency officials are actively monitoring the storm and will take the steps necessary to inform the public if the storm increases in intensity. Residents and businesses are asked to monitor weather reports and emergency announcements. For weather updates, visit and enter a city or zip code for local forecasts.

Persons living in or near burn areas are encouraged to have emergency kits and evacuation plans ready in advance. For storm readiness tips, visit

Storm readiness information is also available in Spanish at

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