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1st Southern California storm of the season brings showers

October 4, 2018
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Early morning commuters drive south down Interstate 5 as storm clouds move in over Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The first Pacific storm of the season has brought showers and occasional downpours to Southern California but skipped some areas entirely. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Pacific storm of the season has brought showers and occasional downpours to Southern California but skipped some areas entirely.

The National Weather Service says a shower Thursday morning dropped more than a half-inch (12.7 centimeters) of rain on downtown Santa Barbara but it missed the vast burn scar of the Thomas Fire, which spewed a deadly debris flow through Montecito during a Jan. 9 deluge.

Santa Barbara County emergency managers say rainfall over Montecito and nearby Carpinteria have been below thresholds for debris flows.

Forecasters say shower activity has been settling down as a more stable air mass moves in.

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