TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Severe weather is expected in Tucson through Saturday night. Follow KGUN9's live updates below:
The flash flood watch across southern Arizona, which was set to expire Saturday night, has been extended into Sunday.
The Flash Flood Watch has been extended into Sunday evening because we do expect more rain to fall across the region on Saturday and Sunday. With the ground already being saturated, flooding will occur much quicker than usual... pic.twitter.com/n0kJXyayDR— Cuyler Diggs (@CDiggsKGUNWX) July 23, 2021
All city fields in Tucson are closed today due to saturated fields. With more rain expected, they'll likely stay closed through the weekend.
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.
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.
The MVD office in Green Valley is closed today due to a power outage.
Here's KGUN 9 Meteorologist April Madison with Tucson's latest forecast:
Tucson Electric Power says last night's storm damaged 50 poles, leaving about 3,000 customers without power.
Last night's storm damaged nearly 50 poles, leaving about 3,000 customers without power this morning. Crews worked overnight to restore service to as many customers as possible and repair efforts continue this morning. Follow our outage map for updates: https://t.co/HkAcMVwQnB pic.twitter.com/aWK3ys4RJ6— TEP (@TEPenergy) July 23, 2021
Tucson Fire Department now says it rescued 11 people, 2 cats, and 2 dogs last night.
Tucson Fire Department crews rescued 11 people, 2 dogs, and 2 cats from swift water emergencies overnight last night. Great job to our crews and our partners at Northwest Fire and Golder Ranch Fire!— Tucson Fire Department (@TucsonFireDept) July 23, 2021
TFD responded to multiple swift water incidents last night. Crews rescued 1 occupant from this truck in a wash near Escalante and Sarnoff. Turn around, don’t drown#TFD pic.twitter.com/sZFa0hsWM7— Tucson Fire Department (@TucsonFireDept) July 23, 2021
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.
🌩️Active weather will continue FRI-SAT with periods of heavy rain likely. Soils are already saturated from previous rainfall which will make flash flooding more likely.— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) July 23, 2021
🚗Motorists should plan ahead for slick roads, longer commutes, & closed roads. #TurnAroundDontDrown #azwx pic.twitter.com/9K0Mq8YplR
Tucson Electric Power outage map is reporting several power outages across town this morning.
Morning showers will be light to moderate, mainly from Tucson west and northwest. From mid morning through early afternoon, the bulk of showers will stay south and west of Tucson. We'll see partical clearing this afternoon, which could lead to another active night. pic.twitter.com/nvZezrYHvE— April Madison (@AprilMadisonWX) July 23, 2021
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT: Meteorologist April Madison KGUN gives an update on what's happening across southern Arizona.
Northwest Fire says two people were pulled from the Rillito River during a swift water rescue.
Water Rescue: Two individuals pulled from the Rillito River.— Northwest Fire (@NorthwestFire) July 23, 2021
Crews have responded to several swift water incidents and reports of stranded vehicles. Please use caution if you encounter flooded roadways as you head out the door this morning. pic.twitter.com/aoUXlYN8MS