Hurricane Rosa to bring flooding rains to southwest US

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains.

In the south, surf generated by the cyclone off Mexico is expected to build overnight, followed by rain on Monday as Rosa's moisture expands northward from Baja California. Arizona will be showered with the storm's remnants starting late Monday and lasting through Wednesday in some parts of the state.

"Phoenix may not see as much, but if it goes right over and sits over us for a little bit, we could rack up some really healthy amounts", Mark O'Malley, National Weather Service spokesman, told KTAR News 92.3 FM Friday. A flash flood watch is already in place for a large portion of the Colorado Rockies, with the National Weather Service saying widespread rain is possible in the northwestern and southwestern San Juan Mountains, the Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide.

No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.

It's then expected to move quickly northwest as it weakens.

The center of the Category 3 storm was 625 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. PDT update.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the NHC said.

"What we're anxious about is all the flooding that we potentially could have", Queen Creek Fire Department Capt. Kris Gale told the station. "They're good for about 2 feet of water".

This image shows the projected path of Hurricane Rosa on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

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