Forecasters warn of potential flooding in Southern California and Arizona desert due to heavy rainfall

The National Weather Service has alerted residents of California and Arizona to be prepared for potential flooding caused by heavy rainfall. A Flood Watch has been issued for these regions, urging people to stay cautious and take necessary precautions.

The following areas are affected: Aguila Valley, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Central La Paz, Central Phoenix, Deer Valley, Dripping Springs, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, Gila Bend, Gila River Valley, Globe/Miami, Kofa, Mazatzal Mountains, New River Mesa, North Phoenix/Glendale, Northwest Pinal County, Northwest Valley, Parker Valley, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Rio Verde/Salt River, San Carlos, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Sonoran Desert Natl Monument, South Mountain/Ahwatukee, Southeast Gila County, Southeast Valley/Queen Creek, Southeast Yuma County, Superior, Tonopah Desert, Tonto Basin, and West Pinal County.

The alert also includes southeast California, specifically Palo Verde Valley, Apple and Lucerne Valleys, Coachella Valley, Orange County Coastal Areas, Orange County Inland Areas, Riverside County Mountains, San Bernardino County Mountains, San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys-The Inland Empire, San Diego County Coastal Areas, San Diego County Deserts, San Diego County Mountains, San Diego County Valleys, San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning, and Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills.

The Flood Watch will be in effect starting from 6 AM MST / 5 AM PST on Friday until late Friday night.

Widespread rainfall, along with a few isolated thunderstorms, could lead to excessive runoff. This, in turn, may cause flooding in rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying areas.

Areas with poor drainage and urban settings are at a higher risk of experiencing flooding. The forecast predicts moderate rainfall, with an average total ranging from 0.75″ to 1.50″ throughout the watch area.

In the higher terrain of Maricopa and Gila Counties, there is a possibility of receiving localized higher amounts of rainfall ranging from 1.50 to 2.00 inches.

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