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Hard-hit Montecito to get little rain from new system

This aerial file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows mudflow and damage to homes in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Many fear future storms could bring more damaging debris flows, though the National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation in the next rainfall event, expected Thursday night into Friday.
This aerial file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows mudflow and damage to homes in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Many fear future storms could bring more damaging debris flows, though the National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation in the next rainfall event, expected Thursday night into Friday.
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Crews clearing mud and restoring utilities in Montecito, California, have another day of dry weather before the next chance of rain, but forecasters say the approaching system is weakening.

The National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, and overall the area from Santa Barbara County southward should expect a tenth of an inch or less.

At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito. Most of the community remains evacuated.

More than 1,400 personnel were still on scene Wednesday as crews continued search and recovery efforts in the mudflow areas, searching buildings and debris for trapped victims. Three people are still reported missing.

The U.S. 101 freeway has already been closed for a week and is not expected to reopen until Jan. 22.

Weather has been good since then and Wednesday's forecast calls for highs in the 60s to mid-70s.

Mandatory evacuations

The unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria:

Evacuation warnings

An evacuation shelter has been set up at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.