WATCH: Severe Lightning & Flash Flooding Slap Tucson

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Tucson, Arizona:

Heavy rains due to the Arizona monsoon, spark flash flooding across the area. Tucson quickly received over an inch of rain, resulting in noticeable changes in height and flow to the Santa Cruz River. The river rushed north carrying debris in its strong rapids.

Tucson Electric Power stated:

“20,000 customers experienced power outages due to the storm.” This video shows a slow motion lightning strike.

Tucson Fire Department:

Emergency crews responded after 911 calls were received with reports of a SUV being swept away. A 28 year-old male and a 24 year-old female escaped from the vehicle as it filled with water. Emergency crews found the occupants soon after. Both refused further care.

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More Rain for Drought Ridden Southern California? You May Be Pleasantly Surprised

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After getting nailed with tropical moisture from the remnants of what was once a category 4 hurricane – Dolores – early this month, Southern California is once again under a Flash Flood Watch. Monsoonal moisture will be pushed west as the high pressure center over the Four Corners gets a slight nudge west from a dipping jet stream over the central and eastern U.S. This feature will push slow moving storms over the region with rain totals of 1 – 2″ expected. The worst of the flooding is anticipated over Riverside and San Bernardino Counties later on today into the overnight. Recent burn scars will also be susceptible to the worst of the flash flooding.

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Most areas around Southern California have already doubled their normal July rainfall amounts and are expecting to end the month on a soggy note.

As for the drought; we have seen little improvement over the last few weeks, even with the record-breaking moisture. So why is the drought not getting any better? Well, if we look over the last several years of this drought, we are actually still well behind in much-needed moisture.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony

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