Monster storm bears down on California: The danger zones, the forecast, the warnings

February 04, 2024

That event forced the mass evacuation of Montecito, flooded Santa Barbara and left U.S. 101 covered with mud, forcing its closure. It caused more than $80 million in damage to Santa Barbara County, Brown said. (National Weather Service )The National Weather Service said there was a "high risk for flash flooding," a designation used only a few times a year anywhere nationwide, meteorologist Ariel Cohen said at the briefing. Take those precautions to save your life from the upcoming floodwaters that will affect the Santa Barbara area." There hasn't been a hurricane force wind warning issued off the California coast for at least decades, the weather service said.