Arizona

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Javier to hit Southwest

  • Several young women get drenched as they race through the rain at the University of Arizona Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

    Several young women get drenched as they race through the rain at the University of Arizona Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tucson firefighters with Ladder 9 attend to a stranded motorist as heavy rains flood the intersection of North Country Club Road and East Seneca Street, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

    Tucson firefighters with Ladder 9 attend to a stranded motorist as heavy rains flood the intersection of North Country Club Road and East Seneca Street, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Tucson Police  vehicle drives by a partially submerged car that tried to cross a wash near Fort Lowell and Oracle as heavy rains flooded the area Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest.  (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

    A Tucson Police vehicle drives by a partially submerged car that tried to cross a wash near Fort Lowell and Oracle as heavy rains flooded the area Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico is expected to hit much of the American Southwest and bring the possibility of more flash floods

Forecasters say the new storms may remain through Thursday and could affect Arizona, New Mexico and the southern parts of Utah and Colorado.

On Tuesday, the storm front hit southern Arizona, causing flooding and warnings from officials to stay off roads. Tucson's street car, for example, shut down because of flooding around the downtown area. Heavy rains have also caused traffic backups on Interstate 10 in Tucson.

Phoenix also could see possible flash flooding just days after the state saw damaging severe weather, the National Weather Service said.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye recently signed an emergency declaration in response to last week's flash flooding that damaged homes, washed out roadways and killed livestock last week in Shiprock and Chinle. The Navajo Nation encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Mexican authorities evacuated people from low-lying areas around the resort city of Cabo San Lucas as Tropical Storm Javier blew past the tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula before weakening to a tropical depression Tuesday.