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Coast Village Road is closed at Olive Mill Road and Montecito looks like a ghost town under mandatory evacuation orders.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The most powerful rainstorm of the year in California is expected to deliver a direct hit to areas burned in the Thomas fire, bringing with it fears of new destructive mudslides. Authorities have ordered about 21,000 residents in Santa Barbara County to flee.

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Here is our developing coverage:

Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction


Evacuations ordered in L.A. County ahead of powerful storm

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