Remnants of Norbert brought record-breaking monsoonal rainfall to parts of the Southwest Sunday night and into Monday, creating havoc for early-morning commuters in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
With the surging rain, Phoenix broke their all-time calendar record for daily rainfall. Receiving 2.96 inches as of 7 a.m. local time, the area received nearly 3 inches in less than seven hours, breaking the previous record from 1933.
That's more than the average combined amounts of September, October and November, according to AccuWeather.com Chief Forecaster Elliot Abrams.
Portions of the I-10 were completely inundated as drivers attempted to cross flooded roadways. Law enforcement in La Paz, Arizona, reported multiple cars were stuck in the high water. Roadways around the Phoenix area were closed as waters proved too high for cars to safely pass through.
Good day for those car/boats from the 60s. RT @KelseighPimpson: @ArizonaDOT is it safe enough to drive? I drive a Mitsubishi eclipse.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 8, 2014
As workers attempt to clear impacted areas, there will be relief from the steady, intense rainfall but lingering storms could persist.
"A few downpours and heavy thunderstorms will cross the area this afternoon and early evening," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline.
"While the additional downpours and thunderstorms will exacerbate flooding in the area, breaks in the rain will allow the water in the flooded areas to gradually retreat," he said.
Those heading to University of Phoenix Stadium to catch the Cardinals take on the San Diego Chargers should remain informed on roadway closures and allow extra time for travel delays for the 7:20 p.m. MST kickoff.
19th Ave. flooded at I-10 from #monsoon rains. #azwx pic.twitter.com/wqxpil72dL— Michael Chow (@photochowder) September 8, 2014
Other regions across the Southwest continue to endure extreme weather conditions in Norbert's wake.
"The circulation around Norbert and an upper-level high over Texas has brought considerable tropical moisture north into the Southwest. With all the water available in the air the rain has been locally quite heavy, causing flash flooding," said AccuWeather West Coast Weather Expert Ken Clark.
Riverside, California, also suffered from intensive flooding that closed roads and left cars stranded on impassable roads. Law enforcement reported waters were high enough to cover tires.