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All Evacuation Orders Lifted for CZU Burn Scar Areas of Santa Cruz, San Mateo Counties

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Evacuation orders for people living in the CZU Fire burn scar areas of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties were lifted Monday morning.

The orders were issued at 8 a.m. Sunday as the season's first major storm moved through the Bay Area, fueled by an atmospheric river that brought high winds and torrential rain to the region.

Blustery, wet conditions resulted in localized flooding, downed powerlines, fallen trees and traffic accidents around the Bay Area.

As the "atmospheric river" rainstorm barrels toward the Bay Area, evacuations have been issued in higher-risk areas of Santa Cruz County. Marianne Favro reports.

The Cal Fire CZU Felton Emergency Command Center reported that it had logged 124 incidents in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties over the past 24 hours or so.

During a typical 24-hour period, it will field an average of 25 to 30 incidents, Cal Fire reported Monday.

"The National Weather Service has allowed the Flash Flood Watch and Wind Advisory for the area of the CZU Lightning Complex to expire, and the threat has passed," according to a news release from San Mateo County and Cal Fire officials.

People are still urged to travel the area with caution while the roads remain wet and crews work to clear downed trees and power lines.

The storm brought impressive rainfall totals across the Bay Area, with Ben Lomond Mountain clocking in at 9.63 inches, Mt. Tamalpais hitting 16.55 inches, the Oakland hills recording more than 7 inches in places and St. Helena getting hit with nearly 11 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Downtown San Francisco recorded its wettest October day ever, with more than 4 inches of rain.

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