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Sep 22, 2010 12:49 PM

Flash flood watch out until early Wed. evening

PHOENIX (AP) The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch until 6 p.m. for portions of east-central Arizona and south-central Arizona including southern Gila County and the Tonto National Forest Foothills.

Forecasters say the combination of abundant tropical moisture and an approaching trough will allow for the development of showers and thunderstorms across the region Wednesday afternoon.

Storms have the potential to produce strong gusty winds, however the primary threat will be locally heavy rainfall that can lead to flooding in washes and streams and low lying areas.

Total rainfall amounts Wednesday afternoon are expected to range up to 1 1/2 inches across portions of the south-central deserts including Maricopa County and northwest and north-central Pinal County.

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