The State of Arizona usually conjures up images of desert, heat, and perpetual sunshine. But that was not the case this week in the state, as the remnants of Hurricane Lorena dumped unusually heavy rain there.
Between one and two inches of rain fell in and around Phoenix on Monday. While these amounts wouldn’t necessarily cause problems in many places in the United States, the arid soil of the region does a poor job of absorbing water. Thus, widespread flooding was reported across the region.
A school bus with 120 children on board had to be rescued in the town of Surprise. Meanwhile, five vehicles had to be rescued from floodwaters in Apache Junction. An EF1 tornado was even confirmed in Wilcox.
Unfortunately for the rain-soaked region, more rain is expected over the next two days. A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of southern and western Arizona, southeastern California, and far-southern Nevada.