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The Latest: Another hurricane in Pacific poses no threat

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The Latest on heavy rain in the U.S. Southwest from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Hurricane Sergio has grown to major hurricane status in the Pacific, though it poses no immediate threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm now has sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), making it a Category 3 storm.

It’s centered about 870 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and has been heading west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Forecasters say they expect it to keep moving out to sea.

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11:30 a.m.

Phoenix firefighters have rescued at least six people including a small child from vehicles trapped in a flooded intersection caused by rain from the remnants of a tropical storm.

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

A nearby riverbed that is normally dry overflowed, spilling muddy water onto the street. About 10 vehicles including a bus were at a standstill in the water or trying to drive through it.

Some streets and schools were closed in the metro Phoenix area after more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) fell.

There was also flooding reported around Tucson.

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11:05 a.m.

Heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of a tropical storm has forced several schools in metropolitan Phoenix to close.

Severe flooding shut down four Phoenix-area schools Tuesday. Several busy intersections also have closed.

The region is getting drenched from Rosa, a hurricane that turned into a tropical storm and is now a tropical depression.

The National Weather Service says Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has received more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) of ran so far Tuesday. It has warned of possible flooding in urban areas, including highways and underpasses.

Forecasters say that even if the rain dwindles later in the day, some roads and washes will likely keep flowing.

Flash flood watches are effect in parts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

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7:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Phoenix area after remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa dropped heavy rain, slowing the morning commute.

The weather service Tuesday said flash flooding was expected after up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain fell in metro Phoenix by midmorning, with more rain expected.

Trooper Kameron Lee of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said rain “played a factor” in numerous car accidents during the morning Phoenix commute, but there were no reports of serious crashes.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert mobilized about 200 National Guard soldiers Monday to prepare for potential flooding in areas where recent wildfires left burn scars that could increase runoff.

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7 a.m.

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.

Flash flood watches were in effect for parts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah due because of Rosa, which had been downgraded to a tropical depression.

The Maricopa County Flood Control District reported no immediate reports Tuesday morning of flash flooding in the county that includes most of metro Phoenix. But the National Weather Service warned that heavier rain was expected Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Trooper Kameron Lee of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said rain “played a factor” in numerous car accidents during the morning Phoenix commute, but there were no reports of serious crashes.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert mobilized about 200 National Guard soldiers Monday to prepare for potential flooding in areas where recent wildfires left burn scars that could increase runoff.

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9:15 p.m.

After soaking northwestern Mexico with heavy rains as it neared the Baja California Peninsula and reportedly claiming at least one victim, Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to drench the U.S. Southwest.

From Arizona to Utah, some residents filled sandbags in anticipation of heavy rainfall forecasts and potential flooding.

The center of Rosa, which was a hurricane until late Sunday, was expected to hit Baja California and Sonora by early Tuesday, bringing 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) of rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain to central and southern Arizona and 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Isolated areas might see even more precipitation.

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