Tucson Rain Breaks 118-Year-Old Record

Friday’s rain breaks 118-year-old record in Tucson:

(UPDATED 1 p.m.) Friday’s rain in Tucson broke the daily rainfall total set more than 100 years ago.

The National Weather Service said .82 of an inch of rain was recorded at the Tucson airport. That broke the rainfall total for the date, which was .71 set in 1898.

Some areas of  Tucson saw more than 2 inches of rain today. The deluge flood streets, stranded motorists and temporarily shut down street car operations.

The Sun Link street car has resumed service, according to a tweet.

Here are some rain totals from Pima County Regional Flood Control District (six hour totals at noon):

2.17 inches — Alamo Wash and Glenn Street.

1.46 inches — Sabino Canyon Road and the Tanque Verde Wash

1.26 inches — Tanque Verde Road and the Tanque Verde Wash

1.54 inches — Valencia Road at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

A storm moving to the northeast has swamped parts of the metro area in the last several hours.

The NWS has issued a flash flood warning for the Tucson metro area.

Tucson Fire crews have been called to several swift water rescues to assist stranded motorists. No injuries have been reported.

Authorities were reporting numerous stranded motorists along Country Club Road. Several intersections, including at Grant Road, were being shut down because of rushing water and stalled vehicles. By 1 p.m., the water on many flooded streets was receding.

Authorities are asking motorists not drive through flooded washes.

Twitter posts show flooded streets at Sixth Avenue/Sixth Street, Stone Avenue and Drachman Street; Grant Road and First Avenue.

The Marana Police Department said the underpass at Orange Grove and Interstate 10 is closed because of standing water. Several vehicles had to be towed from the deep water.

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