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Hurricane Rosa Surf And Weather

Hurricane Rosa won't be a hurricane by the time it reaches the Southwest, but the storm will bring heavy rain to Arizona, Southern California and Nevada early next week.

Rosa is weakening Saturday morning with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Additional weakening is expected over the weekend and Rosa will likely become a tropical storm by Sunday or Monday. The storm was located 625 miles south-southwest of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and moving north at 9 mph as of 5 a.m.
The storm will continue in this direction Saturday, before turning northeast on Monday. It is likely Rosa will make landfall in Baja California on Monday.

After making landfall, Rosa will continue to weaken as a true tropical cyclone. However, Rosa or its remnants will track into the southwest U.S. late Monday and Tuesday.

The main threat from Rosa in the U.S. will be very heavy rainfall. In the southwest U.S., abundant tropical moisture from Rosa will cause very heavy rainfall, with possibly total rainfall from 1 to 6 inches, locally. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding and dangerous debris flows. Landslides in mountainous terrain are also possible.

/A new flash flood watch has been posted that will go into effect for parts of Arizona, Nevada and California beginning on Monday.

Large waves are possible off the coast of Southern California through Monday, with waves reaching as high as 10 feet on south-facing beaches. High surf advisories have been issued for parts of Southern California.

A trough moving into California will help pull what's left of Rosa northward, where it will interact with the tropical moisture to bring a wide area of heavy rain to parts of the Southwest through the early days of next week. Heavy tropical rain showers with isolated thunderstorms will develop in parts of the Southwest on Monday and Tuesday, especially in Arizona and southern Nevada.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are likely, which could lead to possible “extensive flash flooding,” according to the National Weather Service. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches locally are possible early next week, especially in parts of Arizona and southern Nevada, including Phoenix, Flagstaff and parts of the Las Vegas metro area. For this region of the country, this would be a significant rainfall event.

Los Angeles and San Diego could see some of the first rain of the season, with up to a half-inch of rain possible locally.

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