Remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa is spreading life threatening flash floods over the interior of the Southwest Tuesday after being downgraded from a category 4 hurricane.
Even though Rosa was once a Category 4 hurricane, its days of producing high winds are over. However, it will remain a very effective rain machine into the middle and latter part of this week.
It is expected to move to central Utah and elsewhere through Tuesday night.
Phoenix firefighters rescued at least six people including a small child from vehicles trapped in a flooded intersection caused by rain from the remnants of a tropical storm.
The rescues broadcast on TV Tuesday morning showed firefighters slogging through nearly waist-deep water and carrying people one at a time to a firetruck.
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Frightening images emerged Tuesday as riverbeds overflowed and sudden downpours trapped people in their cars like this motorist in Phoenix, Arizona
Tropical Storm Rosa caused flooding in Arizona, turning neighborhoods into muddy pools
Tuesday morning the down creek on west side of Gila Bend flooded with some occasional small debris
Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Tuesday night as the rain hammers the region
A nearby riverbed that is normally dry overflowed, spilling muddy water onto the street. About 10 vehicles including a bus were at a standstill in the water or trying to drive through it.
Some streets and schools were closed in the metro Phoenix area after more than 2 inches fell.
There was also flooding reported around Tucson.
Rosa swiftly weakened as it approached shore on Monday night, losing tropical storm status early Tuesday morning.
It will remain a tropical rainstorm through midweek as it moves through the southwestern U.S.
Rosa reportedly claimed at least one