Storm dumps over 2 inches on Tucson’s west side, 2 swift water rescues | Local news

A storm dumped more than two inches of rain on metropolitan Tucson’s west side Monday afternoon.

And the rest of the weekdays call for a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain by the afternoon, said Aaron Hardin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tucson.

On July 17, Northwest Fire and Tucson Fire performed two swift water rescues on the northwest side.

No one was inured in the rescues, said Capt. Brian Keeley of Northwest Fire District.

A man and a woman were rescued from an SUV on North Silverbell Road, south of West El Camino del Cerro.

Another rescue occurred in the 2600 block of North Lloyd Bush Drive, which is north of West Ironwood Hill Drive and west of North Shannon Road. 

Northwest firefighters were aided by Tucson Fire Department crews in rescuing one person from a truck, said Keeley. 

Keeley said he did not know the circumstances of why the motorists were in the washes.

“I don’t know if the water caught them off guard. The downpour has the Santa Cruz River running from bank to bank and it is about two-thirds deep at I-10 and Camino del Cerro,” said Keeley shortly after 4 p.m.

The storm began about 2 pm. and hit Tucson’s west side metropolitan area with heavy downpour, said Hardin.

According to some rain gauge recordings:

  • 2.44 inches of rain fell near South Mission and West Silverlake roads.
  • 2.73 inches west of Interstate 10 and south of West Grant Road.
  • 0.59 of an inch in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Willow Canyon.
  • 0.55 of an inch at Catalina State Park along North Oracel Road.

The storm, which came from the north, sat over western Tucson and dumped heavy rain through 4:30 p.m., said Hardin. There was a slight chance of storms continuing through Monday evening.

The high Monday was 91 degrees and the low was 73 degrees.

On Tuesday, the forecast calls for a high of 93 degrees and a low of 76 degrees, and on…

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