Evacuations ordered ahead of next Southern California storm

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Officials recommended evacuations for residents in areas surrounding the mandatory evacuations, the report added.

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. Those in the mandatory evacuation area must relocate by 8 p.m. tonight. Significant snowfall totals are expected at the higher elevations. Authorities said revised expectations for Tuesday's storm were below the 1/4-inch-per-hour rainfall threshold for debris flows.

Officials ordered evacuations near three large Southern California burn scars because of mudslide fears.

Most of the rain from this storm is expected to fall on Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Rain is falling on the south coast of Santa Barbara County where some residents have been urged to leave due to potential for debris flows. In fact, he just packed up and left after a warning last week from another storm.

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"As we know, meteorological forecasts have a lot of uncertainty", said Rob Lewin, director of the county's Office of Emergency Management. We've had devastating storms before, but nothing like what we saw there.

Seto indicated that the National Weather Service may issue flash flood watches or warnings in the county depending on the conditions leading up the storms.

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

The California Highway Patrol will continue to monitor the storm activity and work to ensure Highway 101 remains open, according to the county.