The sun sets below cloudy skies Monday after a wet day in Santa Barbara County.
The sun sets below cloudy skies Monday after a wet day in Santa Barbara County. Heavier rain from the early season storm was in the forecast for Tuesday. (Peter Hartmann / Noozhawk photo)

This week’s storm delivered almost an inch of rain to some areas of Santa Barbara County on Monday.

The county monitoring stations with the most rainfall recorded were: Refugio Pass with 1.14 inches; KTYD with 0.99 inches; and San Marcos Pass with 0.93 inches recorded as of 6 p.m.

Santa Maria had 0.09 inches, Lompoc had 0.35 inches, Buellton had 0.48 inches, and Santa Barbara had 0.31 inches.

Lake Cachuma was 31.7% full as of Monday morning, before the storm swept into the region.

Several vehicle collisions were reported Monday on wet roadways, including injury crashes on Highway 101 near the Gaviota Tunnel

The National Weather Service forecasts more rain Tuesday and Wednesday, including the chance of thunderstorms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The chance of rain diminishes by Wednesday morning, which has a 50% chance of showers before 10 a.m., according to the NWS.

“Unlike the municipal sewer system, water carried by a storm drain system is not treated,” according to Santa Barbara County’s Environmental Health Services. “To minimize potential health risks, it is recommended that people do not swim, play or surf in the ocean and creeks for at least three days following a rain event

“Beachgoers should also avoid areas near the outfall from drain pipes and creeks that enter the ocean following a rain event, as storm water runoff may carry high levels of bacteria and pollutants. Sport harvesters should wait at least 10 days after a significant rain to harvest shellfish,” Environmental Health Services said. 

“Contact with storm water while swimming or surfing may increase the risk for certain types of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting, and diarrhea.”

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at gmagnoli@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at gmagnoli@noozhawk.com.