Flash floods expected to impact Southeast Arizona

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  09/06/2016.  The Sierra Vista Police Department would like to remind the public that there is a 100 percent chance of rain expected to hit the Sierra Vista area within the next two days, courtesy of hurricane Newton, which is currently traveling north through the Gulf of California.

Hurricane Newton will be sending moisture and 25- to 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts to Arizona today through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, increasing dust and flooring in the region and across the state. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and become more numerous tonight and into Wednesday, creating potential for fairly widespread, significant rainfall and flash flooding. Some areas may receive up to 5 inches of rain in a short period of time.

The heaviest rain is expected to arrive around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, trailing off by late morning, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect beginning at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon through Wednesday evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect from Wednesday from 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms should mostly end by Wednesday night, followed by generally dry conditions on Thursday and Friday. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms should prevail from Saturday into next Monday.

Please remember to be cautious when driving into areas where the road cannot be seen. If an area looks flooded, do not enter or drive into these areas. Even a few inches of moving water can cause unexpected consequences.