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Crazy Mudslides in Southern California

January 12, 2018

Heavy rain, unleashed flash floods, and debris flowed violently through the southern part of California on Tuesday, just weeks after several large wildfires torched the area. Many of the mudslide deaths occurred in Montecito, an area that’s home to celebrities such as Rob Lowe, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. The mudslides that have ravaged Southern California this week have killed at least 17 people and at least 43 others have been reported missing. A total of 0.54 inches of rain was reported at Montecito in just five minutes. The rate of rainfall in Southern California on Tuesday was “18 times more than required to produce debris flow,” according to an analysis by ABC News meteorologists. Montecito was placed under a new evacuation order at 6 p.m. local time Thursday. Almost the entire community — about 10,000 people — is now under mandatory evacuation orders, which could last “one to two weeks,” according to the Santa Barbara County Fire chief.

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