The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early today. It is expected to reach the state this afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.
A flash flood watch has been issued for most areas west of the Rio Grande Valley and the mountains of Lincoln County. Such warnings mean flooding is possible but not imminent.
Areas below forests burned in recent fires are most prone to major flooding. Drivers should avoid washes and arroyos when storms are nearby.
7:08am — Rains Strand Phoenix-Area Motorists
PHOENIX (AP) — A driver who tried to navigate a flooded Scottsdale wash area is stranded and firefighters are working to pull the driver and his passenger from a van.
The early morning rescue comes after heavy overnight storms in the Phoenix area left roadways slick and flooded in spots, making for a tough commute this morning.
Three lanes of eastbound Interstate 10 in west Phoenix are blocked due to mud flowing onto the highway and localized street flooding is widespread.
The National Weather Service says from ¾ to a 1¼ of rain fell in the region early today.
The weather service says the strong low pressure system that brought the rainfall to the state should move out by later today. That should dry out the state.