Storm brings rain, thunder, lightning to Ventura County

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Friday, October 28, 2016
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Morning rain was falling in Ventura County as a storm made its way across the Southland on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- A late-October storm brought rain, thunder and lightning to Ventura County Friday morning.

The lightning was spotted near Daily Drive and Las Posas Road in Camarillo early Friday morning. Up north, there were approximately 120 lightning strikes in Santa Barbara, which received around 1/4 inch of rain in just a 15-minute span around 3 a.m.

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An evacuation warning was issued for those living in the Sherpa Fire burn area in Santa Barbara County.

A flash flood watch has been issued for most of Southern California until noon on Friday - and this includes the recent burn areas, which may see debris flow due to lack of vegetation.

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As the storm moved down to Ventura County, its strength died down and the rain became sparse. The rain total for the area was expected at around 1/2 inch.

The city's Environmental Health Division issued a precautionary statement to residents, saying even a small amount of rainfall can result in runoff flowing into storm drains, channels, creeks and rivers that empty onto county beaches.

Officials said even 1/5 inch of rain can cause significant runoff, which may contain disease causing bacteria.

Most of the rain was expected to wrap up by Friday afternoon, with the exception of some scattered light showers.

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