Forecasters predict heavy rain to flood Southern California and Arizona desert

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for parts of California and Arizona, warning people of probable flooding caused by heavy rain.

Aguila Valley, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Central La Paz, Central Phoenix, Deer Valley, Dripping Springs, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, Gila Bend, Gila River Valley, Globe/Miami, Kofa, Mazatzal Mountains, New River Mesa, North Phoenix/Glendale, Northwest Pinal County, Northwest Valley, Parker Valley, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Rio Verde/S

Furthermore, southeast California, specifically the Palo Verde Valley, Apple and Lucerne Valleys, Coachella Valley, Orange County Coastal Areas, Orange County Inland Areas, Riverside County Mountains, San Bernardino County Mountains, San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys-The Inland Empire, San Diego County Coastal Areas, San Diego County Deserts, San Diego County Mountains, San Diego County Valleys, San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning, Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills

Forecasters predict heavy rain to flood Southern California and Arizona desert

The Flood Watch will be in place from 6 a.m. MST / 5 a.m. PST on Friday until late Friday night.

Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying areas may occur as a result of excessive runoff from extensive rainfall, including a few isolated thunderstorms.

Flooding is especially dangerous in cities and locations with poor drainage. Rainfall will be moderate, with total amounts ranging from 0.75″ to 1.50″ across the watch region.

Localized higher quantities of 1.50-2.00″ are likely in Maricopa and Gila Counties’ higher terrain.

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