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An SUV plows through water after a storm dropped rain at 48th Street near Baseline Road. (Viewer-submitted photo by Steve Aron) An SUV plows through water after a storm dropped rain at 48th Street near Baseline Road. (Viewer-submitted photo by Steve Aron)
Interstate 17 & Greenway is flooded. (Source: Beto Sianez) Interstate 17 & Greenway is flooded. (Source: Beto Sianez)
Dutch tourists stranded by flooding in Cochise County. (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office) Dutch tourists stranded by flooding in Cochise County. (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office)
Flooding at Ray and Rural on Monday. (Source: Kelly Holdinghausen Hicks) Flooding at Ray and Rural on Monday. (Source: Kelly Holdinghausen Hicks)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Valley of the Sun received a bit of a break Tuesday morning in the stormy weather that invaded the area a day earlier.

But more rain and thunderstorms were on the way. They are expected to continue on and off through Tuesday evening.

A flash-flood watch was in effect for north-central Arizona from 11 a.m. through the Tuesday evening.

A flood warning for urban areas and small streams is in effect for central Maricopa County until 9:30 p.m.  A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.

Heavy thunderstorms produced nearly 2 inches of rainfall over the Grand Avenue corridor from Wittmann, Circle City and into Wickenburg.

Moisture left over from an old tropical storm off the coast of Baja, CA, soaked the Valley Monday, turning Phoenix-area streets into rivers and many backyards into lakes.

Phoenix has received 0.86 inches of rain in September, compared with a normal total of 0.23 inches, said CBS 5 Meteorologist Katie Baker. Since Jan. 1, Phoenix has seen 5.6 inches of rain, slightly above the normal total of 5.51 inches, Baker said.

That storm is gone, but the remnants will continue to fuel more "anytime" storms not necessarily dependant upon the daytime heating, so storms are just as likely to form during the overnight and early morning hours, Baker said.

The pattern will gradually shift to a drier, warmer setup later in the week, with afternoon highs closer to normal, Baker said. That means 100 degrees by the end of the week and during the weekend.

The Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix received 2.43 inches of rain Monday, while Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport measured a half-inch. 

Other rainfall totals around the state Monday:

  • Buckeye - 0.70 inches
  • Casa Grande - 0.78 inches
  • Flagstaff - 0.97 inches
  • Luke Air Force Base - 0.14 inches
  • Scottsdale - 0.46 inches
  • Sedona - 0 .86 inches
  • Yuma - 0.48 inches

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is supporting a shelter Tuesday afternoon that the Navajo Nation opened Monday night in Chinle because of flooding caused by heavy rain.

Six feet of standing water inundated some parts of Thunderbird Paseo Park. Elsewhere, stranded motorists were a common sight.

AAA Arizona said it has received more than 1,700 calls already for roadside assistance Monday, mostly for tire failure and vehicle tows.

Phoenix police officers handled 164 traffic hazard calls compared to 24 the previous Monday, said Sgt. Trent Crump. At least eight of the calls were from stranded motorists.

Crump said there was roughly a 28 percent increase in call volume into Crime Stop and 911. Those calls included alarms, vehicle accidents, road closures, flooding issues and check welfares. That amounted to almost 700 more calls than this same time last Monday, Crump said.

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Interstate 17 in the North Valley received a tremendous amount of rain. Portions of Deer Valley, Bell and Greenway roads are closed under the freeway due to flooding, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. The exits at Greenway Road were closed but have since reopened.  

Other areas of the state have also seen flooding, including:  

  • State Route 71 was closed in both directions about one mile south of US 93.
  • State Route 386 was closed in both directions between SR 86 and Kitt Peak Observatory.
  • Salome Road was closed near Interstate 10, about 80 miles east of the California border.
  • Eastbound State Route 88 was closed at milepost 200, northeast of Apache Junction.

The cloud cover and rain showers kept temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s early Monday morning. Temperatures warmed up into the mid-80s by noon and low 90s by the afternoon.  The average high for Sept. 9 is 102, so temperatures will be at least 10 degrees below normal.

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Monsoon moisture is continuing to move up from the south, causing localized flash flooding in areas. Along with the thunderstorms, winds will be gusty. 

Sunday afternoon, three Dutch tourists were rescued in flooding on Highway 186 east of Willcox. Their vehicle was stranded on high ground between two washes that were running heavily with water, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said. The tourists were taken to Willcox, where they got lodging for the night.

About 30 people were displaced by fllooding at the Navajo Nation. The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is supporting a shelter that the Navajo Nation opened Monday night in Chinle because of the heavy rain.

By Wednesday, the flow of moisture from the south will start to lesson. Temperatures will warm up into the mid-90s. The Valley could see still a few thunderstorms, but most of the activity will be isolated and in the higher terrain.

Temperatures will continue to rise Thursday and into the weekend. Highs will stay in the low triple digits through Sunday.

AAA Arizona urged motorists to be aware of the kinds of damage flooding can cause. Tires are affected by the rain in a number of ways:

  • Rain will wash debris into the roads that people drive over and pop tires.
  • Rain tears up roadways and creates potholes that can damage tires.
  • Rain slicks up the surface of the roadway and makes people skid into curbs and other obstacles that pop tires and damage wheels.

In addition, AAA said many motorists are calling in for a tow because:

  • People can get stuck in flooded roadways or skid off the road more easily.
  • Poor visibility can lead to more collisions along with extended braking distances.
  • The radical change in temperature over a day or a few hours (70 degrees currently vs. 90s or 100s) can stress engine parts and performance and lead to failure.

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