Tropical Storm Rosa to cross the Baja California Peninsula

Tropical Storm Rosa to cross the Baja California Peninsula

Tropical Storm Rosa to cross the Baja California Peninsula

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a flash-flood watch for much of Utah as what remains of the storm moves across the state.

Rosa's deluge "may produce life-threatening flash flooding", the hurricane center said.

On Monday, Herbert mobilized about 200 National Guard soldiers to prepare for potential flooding south of Salt Lake City.

The soldiers planned to build flood berms and erect barriers and sand bags, officials said.

Record-setting rainfall that has flooded streets and given metro Phoenix a hefty soaking is dissipating.

Widespread showers continue to develop ahead of Tropical Storm Rosa.

Some isolated areas might experience more.

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Rogers warned that even a short outburst of rain could still cause flooding in some areas.

Rosa's edges are dropping light rain early Tuesday morning in the Phoenix area, and "brief pockets of heavy rain" are expected there eventually, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Colorado and northwestern New Mexico could also be affected.

Tropical Storm Sergio was growing in the Pacific and could become a hurricane Monday, though it posed no immediate threat to land.

The storm was about 120 miles (190 km) south-southwest of San Felipe, Mexico. Firefighters slogged through waist-deep water to get to people stuck in their cars.

In Scottsdale, about 10 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix, Instagram user John McClean posted a video of water rushing across a road over a curb toward a pond.

Desert Horizon Elementary turned away its parents and students because of reports of flooding inside the school. Several school systems in Mexico's Baja Peninsula were closed Monday as the storm approached the region.

Maricopa County Community Colleges are also closed due to weather.

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It will remain a tropical rainstorm through midweek as it moves through the southwestern U.S.

Localized totals in northern Arizona could exceed 6 inches. They can turn otherwise calm dry washes, burn scars and urban areas with poor drainage deadly.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, troopers on Tuesday morning responded to more than twice the number of rush-hour commute crashes.

By Tuesday afternoon, Rosa will head toward the deserts of Arizona. Southern Arizona, where flooding from Rosa began Sunday night, can expect 1 to 3 inches.

From Arizona to Utah, some residents filled sandbags in anticipation of heavy rainfall forecasts and potential flooding.

"Rosa brought more rain in just the past two days (Monday and Tuesday) then what we saw for the monsoon season this year", said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

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