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Rosa’s rain moves out, but another storm could be on the way

Pedestrians walk through a flooded street as they try to unclog storm drains during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Tropical Depression Rosa has left Arizona, but rain isn’t necessarily done with the Phoenix area just yet.

“Rosa … it’s gone, fizzled out,” ABC15 meteorologist Iris Hermosillo said Wednesday on KTAR 92.3 FM Arizona’s Morning News, but “now we’re actually tracking a new storm system that’s coming in from our west.

“That is what is going to keep our unsettled weather around.”

Rosa left behind 2.36 inches of rain on Tuesday, a local record for a day in October. Dry riverbeds filled with water, streets flooded, schools were closed and several Valley cities were placed under flash flood watches.

The deluge also was the eighth-wettest day ever for the Valley.

“I had to keep adding … that’s for sure, because it just kept coming down,” Hermosillo said.

“Every few minutes our rain amounts kept going up and up and up.”

A flash flood watch remained in place for central Arizona into the evening rush hour. Scattered showers were expected through the day.

There will be a break from the rain which has been falling since Sunday.

Thursday should be “mostly sunny and dry, Friday abundant sunshine,” Hermosillo said.

She added a few more 90-degree days were possible. As for 100-degree days, “For now, it’s looking like we’re done.”


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