Up to three-quarter of an inch might fall through Tuesday with wind gusts to 45 miles per hour

High winds and heavy rain are expected tonight in the Taft area as a strong storm pushes through the area.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain and wind gusts to 45 miles per hour are possible here, but much heavier rain is predicted for ares just to the south and thousands of people are being evacuated just a couple of weeks after major brush fires devastated much of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties,

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies have been going door to door in residential areas near the Thompson Fire, where authorities fear mudslides could come down off the hillsides left bare by the fire.

Evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, are in place from as wide swath from Santa Barbara through the burn areas in northern Los Angeles.

For Taft, winds are rain are expected to increase again late tonight and continue through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning before tapering off to showers into Tuesday.

Winds tonight will be up to 30 mils per hour sustained with gusts to 45 miles per hour.

A high wind watch went into effect at noon and will continue until Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

In addition to the gusty winds, Taft can expect some significant rainfall overnight and the potential for heavy showers and even thunderstorms Tuesday.

Tonights forecast calls for showery and windy weather, with heavier rain coming in after 10 p.m.

Tuesday will have showers before 10 a.m, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between through 4 p.m, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms into the evening.

Tuesday's high will be near 59. Weather will continue to be breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.