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New storm not expected to drop much rain on Montecito

January 18, 2018

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving, cold and gusty storm system heading toward Southern California is not expected to bring much rain to the flood-ravaged Santa Barbara County community of Montecito.

The National Weather Service says Montecito is predicted to get only a tenth of an inch (2.5 millimeters) or less, but it’s possible there could be a rogue thunderstorm Friday evening.

In the disaster area, damage assessments continue along with the search for three missing people.

The incident management team reports Thursday the number of destroyed homes has reached 128, and 307 single-family residences were damaged. The death toll remains 20.

Debris-swamped U.S. 101 in the Montecito area is not expected to reopen until next week.

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