Tropical Rosa approaches Mexico's Baja California peninsula: NHC

Surfers tackle massive waves along the coast as Southern California prepares for rainy weather this week

The storm was moving west at 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

The soldiers planned to build flood berms and erect barriers and sand bags, officials said. Tropical Storm Sergio, which is following behind Rosa, could continue to create rip currents and unsafe surf as well, even after Rosa passes.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix said that city had its eighth-wettest day ever with 2.36 inches of rain.

Rains continued in parts of Phoenix on Tuesday night, flooding a portion of State Route 51 northbound near Cactus Road and neighborhood streets in an area west of that freeway and north of Glendale Avenue.

Heavy rain is expected Monday and Tuesday across Arizona, Southern California, southern and eastern Nevada, and Utah.

Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was centered about 105 miles west-southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico. "Those planning to be outdoors next week should keep an eye on the weather forecast and make contingency plans", the NWS said. Crews pulled at least six people, including a child, from vehicles and carried them one at a time to a firetruck.

The rescues broadcast on TV Tuesday morning showed firefighters slogging through almost waist-deep water and carrying people one at a time to a firetruck.

Flash flooding and heavy rainfall called for several water rescues as Valley fire crews rescued people trapped in their vehicles from floodwaters.

Some streets and schools were closed in the metro Phoenix area after more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) fell. Several school systems in Mexico's Baja Peninsula were closed Monday as the storm approached the region.

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Meteorologist Matthew Strauser filmed a video of the tropical storm, formerly a hurricane before it weakened over the weekend, as it hit his location.

The National Weather Service says Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has received more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) of ran so far Tuesday.

"It won't take much to add to the flooding potential", Rogers said.

There could be periods of sunshine, but he doesn't expect the area to dry out.

Rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa slowed the Phoenix area's morning commute traffic as authorities prepared for potential flooding across the desert Southwest.

Forecasters said 1-2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) of rain were expected in central and southern Arizona, with up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) possible in higher elevations.

And given Arizona's terrain, heavy rainfall poses an unusual set of problems.

As it moves northeast, Rosa will also dump 2 to 4 inches of rain on much of Arizona, with up to 6 inches in the mountains. Isolated areas might see even more precipitation.

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