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Shocking No One, Another Powerful Storm Is Visiting SoCal And Could Bring Heavy Rain And Thunder

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Are you surprised to learn that storm clouds will cover the sun this week and water will fall from the Southern California sky? Don't be. This is our lives now. We get rain -- and plenty of it (*knocks on soggy wood*).

In keeping with our new way of life, a "strong atmospheric river" is heading into the region starting Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is likely to bring heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms through Wednesday, with flooding and debris flows possible, forecasters said. Light showers are expected to continue Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all burn areas in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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Parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties could get 3 inches of rain in a 48-hour period, while in Los Angeles County, 1 ½ to 2 inches is expected in Malibu, Woodland Hills, Pasadena and Santa Clarita.

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation orders for residents in the burn areas of the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa fires. Everyone in the Debris Flow Risk Area has been ordered to evacuate by 4 p.m. Tuesday. A flash flood watch goes into effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

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