This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.Another storm is headed to Southern California Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders and concerns about flooding, mudslides, and falling trees. Evacuation orders were in effect for areas in Santa Barbara County and Ventura County. In Montecito, sheriff’s deputies were going door to door, letting residents know they needed to leave. Signs and traffic cones blocked off roads, and front doors and mailboxes were marked with orange flags, indicating the evacuation. The rain is expected to move into the area Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday. Current models show the heaviest rain occurring in western Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according to the National Weather Service. National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the burn areas of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The watch will begin at 6 p.m. and remains in place until 11 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters are concerned about possible mudslides and debris flows during those hours of heavy rain. Residents in some burn areas of Santa Barbara County are being told to prepare to leave. Evacuation orders are set to begin at 4 p.m. for parts of the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa fire burn areas, the county’s emergency website stated. An evacuation center will be open at the Goleta Valley Community Center, located at 5679 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. For more information on road closures in Ventura County, visit VCPublicWorks or DOT.ca.gov.
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