Oprah, Rob Lowe among celebrities affected by deadly mudslides in California

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The heavy rains that spawned mudslides in Southern California on Tuesday ─ killing at least 17 people ─ left a path of destruction in a wealthy enclave that’s home to celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres.

Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos said. The town of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles sustained heavy damage after mudslides slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles.

Television mogul Winfrey’s home survived the rainstorm and ensuing mudslides. In a post on Instagram, she shared photos of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters hovering over her house.

"What a day! Praying for our community again in Santa Barbara. Woke up to this blazing gas fire. then swipe left to see how deep the mud is in my backyard," she wrote. "Helicopters rescuing my neighbors. Looking for missing persons. 13 lives lost. #Mudslides."

In a separate Instagram post, Winfrey was seen describing some of the damage to her property.

"Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. My property is fine," she wrote. "Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru. #mudslides"

Actor Rob Lowe, who also has a home in Montecito, wrote on Twitter he was "mourning the dead in our little town tonight" and previously posted he was under mandatory evacuation.

Wayne is ready for the rain. We are under mandatory evacuation orders again!

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"Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come. #Montecito," he wrote.

Praying for all our friends and neighbors. Very bad situation in Montecito.

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 9, 2018

Mourning the dead in our little town tonight. Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come. #Montecito

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 10, 2018

He also referenced Winfrey’s home nearby in another post, addressing recent speculation that she might run for president in 2020 after her much-talked-about speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

"Media talking about @OPRAH “maybe” running for President in 3 years. Meanwhile, AS WE SPEAK, her Montecito home’s a staging ground for helicopter rescues. Priorities? Anyone?" he wrote on Twitter.

Media talking about @OPRAH “maybe” running for President in 3 years. Meanwhile, AS WE SPEAK, her Montecito home’s a staging ground for helicopter rescues. Priorities? Anyone?

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 9, 2018

Talk show host DeGeneres shared a picture on Twitter of the flooding on the 101 freeway in Montecito, writing: "This is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support."

This is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support. pic.twitter.com/jRNCBrp4b5

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018

I’ve love being part of the Montecito community. I send love to all the families and the amazing rescue workers braving these mudslides.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018

NFL star Troy Aikman also took to Instagram to speak out.

"Montecito has been a special place for me and my family for many years but it’s a place that’s been hit hard in recent weeks," he wrote. "My prayers are with all of those impacted by the latest mudslides."

The deadly mudslides also affected the hometown of models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who said in separate posts on Twitter and Instagram they "really can’t believe it" and urged followers to "keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers."

My beautiful home town of Montecito…. Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. Completely under water. I really can't believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing. For our horses, dogs, cats-all animals- that gave us happiness, who are now searching for a dry place to lay their heads.. our elementary school… The freeway to drive to school and where @mini_jk_imbig and I would walk after school.. under water. My heart is broken…. I remember when something similar happened in La Conchita about 12 years ago, so close to us and how much it took to rebuild… I can't imagine how Montecito feels now. I am so sorry. As always- Please send websites for donations. I'm ready to help. Thank you to the rescue, fire fighters and security teams in SB for staying strong and your hard work to pull out anybody and anything in sight. My love is with you so deeply SB.

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My beautiful home town, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. That “river” is the 101 freeway. 😞 Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers, 💔 pic.twitter.com/Yj7C9sRR4n

— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) January 9, 2018

The mudslides are the result of a powerful rainstorm that hit the state’s southern region on Monday, sending mud and leftover debris down hillsides that were burned by the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas Fire, which is technically still burning, is the largest wildfire California has seen since detailed record-keeping began in the 1930s. It began on Dec. 4.

Officials said that at least 21,000 people have been evacuated as a result of the mudslides, The Associated Press reported. The evacuations were ordered because the mudslides threatened the communities beneath the foothills.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.