TUCSON, Ariz. — The Latest on storms (all times local):
Light to moderate rain continues to fall in southeastern Arizona where a flash flood watches remain in effect through Wednesday evening as remnants from Tropical Storm Newton move into the Southwest from Mexico.
The National Weather Service’s Tucson office says rainfall totaling between 2 and 3 inches in eastern Santa Cruz County and southwestern Cochise County in the past 24 hours is expected to cause flooding.
Meanwhile, the weather service’s office in Albuquerque says the storm’s biggest impact in New Mexico will be in the next 24 hours.
Southwestern and west-central New Mexico are expected to get widespread showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday night, resulting in 2 to 4 inches of rain with higher amounts possible in some areas.
City workers in Tucson are monitoring over 140 dips in low-lying roads for possible street flooding as remnants of Tropical Storm Newton move into northward from Mexico.
Flash flood watches are in effect Wednesday in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, and the National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for parts of southeastern Arizona, including Bisbee and mountains near Sierra Vista and Tucson.
The weather service’s Tucson office says lower desert regions could get 1 to 2 inches of rain while mountain areas get 3 to 5 inches.
The state Department of Public Safety says roads are wet across southern Arizona and is urging drivers to slow down and turn on lights.
Rain is falling on parts of southern Arizona in advance of a tropical storm moving toward the Southwest after pummeling parts of Mexico.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warning Wednesday morning for the Nogales area of southeastern Arizona, and news video showed water flowing in a Nogales wash that flows into Arizona from Mexico.
Tucson streets were wet from rainfall during the beginning of the Wednesday morning commute while parts of the Phoenix area had sprinkles.
A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service for much of southern Arizona no longer includes Phoenix.
The watch statement says normally dry washes and low-water crossings may become flooded.
Much of southwestern New Mexico is also under flash flood watches.
Sandbags are in high demand as residents in many parts of Arizona prepare for possible flash floods from tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Newton.
Watch areas includes Phoenix, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Nogales, Safford and Globe.
According to the National Weather Service in Tucson, heavy rains likely will hit Santa Cruz County, eastern Pima County and western Cochise County.
Sierra Vista police has warned citizens that several inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 30 mph could hit the city Wednesday.
Weather Service forecasters say flash flooding in normally dry washes and low-lying areas will be possible from numerous showers and thunderstorms.
Tucson and Nogales were providing sandbags for residents ahead of the anticipated rainfall.
Officials in Tucson say people were grabbing sandbags faster than they could be filled.