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Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

Flash flooding and heavy rain to lash Southwest U.S. as Hurricane Rosa heads north after battering Mexico

  • The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula Monday
  • It will bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin
  •  Rosa still had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph early Sunday, and classed as a Category 1 Hurricane

Hurricane Rosa is heading north from Mexico, bringing widespread heavy rain, flash flooding to southwest US.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula Monday with flooding rains. 

It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Some isolated areas might be more.

Hurricane Rosa is heading north from Mexico, bringing widespread heavy rain, flash flooding to southwest US

Rosa still had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph early Sunday, and classed as a Category 1 Hurricane, and it was centered about 355 miles southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico. It was heading north at 12 mph. 

Rosa will also bring up to 10 inches of rain in parts of Mexico on Monday.

The rainfall in southern Nevada and Arizona and across the Southwest could spark dangerous flash flooding, or even landslides in the desert, experts warned ABC News. 

Forecasters are warning against anyone stepping out in the desert on foot during the tropical rainstorm as sandy, dusty canyons could very quickly become raging rivers or dust storms.

In Southern California, half an inch rainfalls – the first of the season – are expected which could cause minor debris flows and slick roadways. 

The rainfall is expected to hit Arizona late Sunday and early Monday, before the rain becomes more widespread into the middle of the week. 

Meanwhile, much of the central and eastern U.S. is expected to experience a warm October in the 80s, with New York expected to reach 80 degrees on Tuesday.

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