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LIVE UPDATES: Thunderstorms expected through Saturday, flood warning issued

Flooding in Tucson on July 23, 2021.
Posted at 5:46 AM, Jul 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-23 19:30:04-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Severe weather is expected in Tucson through Saturday night. Follow KGUN9's live updates below:

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2:47 p.m.

The flash flood watch across southern Arizona, which was set to expire Saturday night, has been extended into Sunday.

12:01 p.m.

All city fields in Tucson are closed today due to saturated fields. With more rain expected, they'll likely stay closed through the weekend.

11:57 a.m.

The Pima County Regional Flood Control District is already reporting some unofficial rainfall totals over the past 24 hours from its rain gauges throughout the Tucson area, including some spots that are reporting more than 2 inches.

Here are a few of the totals as of this morning:

  • 2.44 inches at Ina Road and 1st Avenue
  • 2.28 inches at Skyline Drive at Pontatoc Road
  • 2.13 inches at the Mt. Lemmon Observatory
  • 2.01 inches at Thornydale Road and Overton Road
  • 2.01 inches at Golf Links Road and Craycroft Road
  • 1.65 inches at Agua Caliente Wash at Tanque Verde Road
  • 1.46 inches near Speedway and Craycroft
  • 1.34 inches at Camino De Manana and Tangerine Road
  • 1.02 inches at Reid Park
  • 1.02 inches at the Pima Air and Space Museum
  • 0.98 inches near 20th Street and I-10 in the Santa Cruz Basin
  • 0.71 inches at Catalina State Park
  • 0.63 inches at the Santa Cruz River and Valencia Road

Click here for a customizable, interactive map from the Pima County Regional Flood Control District, with many more unofficial rainfall totals across Tucson.

9:29 a.m.

Due to severe flooding, most of the hiking areas in the Santa Catalina Mountains are closed Friday. The U.S. Forest Service for the Coronado National Forest listed all of the day's closures in a Facebook post.

8:46 a.m.

The MVD office in Green Valley is closed today due to a power outage.

8:04 a.m.

Here's KGUN 9 Meteorologist April Madison with Tucson's latest forecast:

7:40 a.m.

Tucson Electric Power says last night's storm damaged 50 poles, leaving about 3,000 customers without power.

7:30 a.m.

Tucson Fire Department now says it rescued 11 people, 2 cats, and 2 dogs last night.

7:00 a.m.

6:58 a.m.

Live look at the Rillito River running

6:53 a.m.

Thunderstorms in Tucson could impact bus routes for the Vail School District Friday.

According to a Facebook post, areas impacted include south of Interstate 10 and through the Rincon Valley.

6:29 a.m.

6:00 a.m.

5:56 a.m.

Tucson Electric Power outage map is reporting several power outages across town this morning.

5:15 a.m.

4:45 a.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT: Meteorologist April Madison KGUN gives an update on what's happening across southern Arizona.

4:00 a.m.

Northwest Fire says two people were pulled from the Rillito River during a swift water rescue.