Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Hurricane Rosa to bring flooding rains to southwest US

Hurricane Rosa to bring flooding rains to southwest US

Areas covered by watches due to what the weather service's Las Vegas office calls "abundant tropical moisture from Hurricane Rosa" include southern Nevada, southeastern California, southwestern and central Utah and the western two-thirds of Arizona.

The weather service also says that Rosa is generating a large swell that will produce waves in the 3' to 5' range, with sets to 7', in northern-most San Diego County, and larger waves in southern Orange County.

The remnants of Hurricane Rosa could bring breezy weekend winds and the chance for heavy rainfall at the beginning of the week, the National Weather Service forecast Friday.

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Rosa, with maximum sustained winds decreasing to nearly 120 miles per hour (195 kph), was now a Category 3 storm, coming down a notch on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The storm was moving northwest at 6 miles per hour and had 120 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

Rosa strengthened to category 4 Friday about 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) south of San Diego.

Rosa is expected to make landfall Monday as a tropical storm, then continue moving northeast, soaking the southwestern United States. The National Hurricane Center said the main hazard is heavy rainfall in Mexico and the American Southwest.

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The forecast for the Prescott area includes more than an inch of rain both Monday and Tuesday, with thunderstorms predicted for both days.

The Grand Canyon's North Rim is expected to get up to 6 inches.

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