Arizona could feel the remnants of Tropical Storm Newton a little harder than previously expected, with a flash flood watch put into place for late Wednesday in Phoenix and outlying areas east.
Newton drenched parts of western Mexico on Monday and headed north toward the Baja California peninsula, where it could strike as a hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to continue north into Arizona as a tropical depression later in the week.
Globe, Safford, Tucson, Sierra Vista and Nogales were included in the flash flood warning,
The Weather Channel predicted the depression would hit southern Arizona late Wednesday. The Phoenix metropolitan area could avoid the rain that could impact Tucson, but it was still well in the path of the storm as it breaks up.
Forecasters said indications were that Newton will maintain depression strength as it crosses into south-central or southeastern Arizona.
According to the weather service’s Tucson office, rainfall from the system likely will range between .5 inch and 2 inches through Thursday afternoon, with some locally heavier amounts exceeding 3 inches.
Moisture is expected to linger into next weekend with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Newton was centered about 320 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas on Monday morning and it was moving to the north-northwest at 15 mph, the center reported. Maximum sustained winds had increased to 60 mph and the center said it was likely to reach hurricane force before hitting land near the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of the peninsula on Tuesday morning.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Cabo San Lucas.
The storm system caused flooding and some landslides in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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