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Historic flood potential of portions of southern Arizona

TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of southern Arizona, expiring late Thursday afternoon. This includes Metro Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Douglas, Oracle, Safford and surrounding communities. Remnants from Tropical Storm Odile are poised to enter southern Arizona over the next 72 hours, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Scattered showers & storms are expected this afternoon into the nighttime hours. The greatest flooding threat occurs late Wednesday afternoon into Thursday afternoon. Numerous showers and storms will be capable of very heavy rainfall. Widespread 2-4" amounts are possible, with isolated rainfall totals of 5"+ for a few locations. Some southern Arizona towns may see historic rainfall over the next 72 hours. A Flash Flood Watch means any storm will be capable of heavy rainfall, leading to washes filling up rapidly. If you live near flood-prone areas, pay close attention to any flood warnings & seek higher ground immediately. Those in mountain communities should be aware of possible rock and mud slides cutting off access. Stay with News 4 Tucson & KVOA.com for the latest Storm Alert updates. Click here to track the storms with our Interactive Weather Map.

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