Southwest drenched by heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Javier
PHOENIX — Streets looked like rivers and water swallowed cars as a major storm moved through Tucson and then north on Tuesday.
The storm caused heavy flooding and the closure of several streets. Tucson’s street car, which travels around downtown and the university area, was out of service all morning because of floods. There didn’t appear to be any fatalities as a result of the weather.
In Phoenix, a dust storm engulfed parts of the metro area while the eastern suburbs got a brunt of the rain, accumulating at least 1 1⁄2 inches by midday.
Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico was expected to hit much of the American Southwest and bring the possibility of more flash floods.
Forecasters say the new storms may remain through Thursday and could affect Arizona, New Mexico and the southern parts of Utah and Colorado.
Phoenix also could receive flash flooding just days after the state experienced damaging severe weather, the National Weather Service said.
Meteorologist Geral Estupinan said rain would hit the area off and on all day, but that the storm was headed north. He said the storms affecting the area are associated with Javier but are not directly related.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye recently signed an emergency declaration in response to last week’s flash flooding that damaged homes, washed out roadways and killed livestock last week in Shiprock and Chinle. The Navajo Nation encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Mexican authorities evacuated people from low-lying areas around the resort city of Cabo San Lucas as the tropical storm blew past the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula before weakening to a tropical depression on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, towns in central and eastern Mexico continued to clean up from the remnants of Hurricane Earl, which triggered landslides that killed 48 people in Veracruz and Puebla states over the weekend.