MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Crews clearing mud and restoring utilities in Montecito, California, have another day of dry weather before the next chance of rain, but forecasters say the approaching system is weakening.
The National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, and overall the area from Santa Barbara County southward should expect a tenth of an inch (2.5 millimeters) or less.
At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito. Most of the community remains evacuated.
Weather has been good since then and Wednesday’s forecast calls for highs in the 60s to mid-70s.
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