Car swept away in Death Valley as monsoon thunderstorms soak the Southwest
Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Southwest washed out roads in California and turned streets into rivers in the Phoenix area over the weekend.
The monsoon season across the Southwest continues to bring periods of torrential rain that has wiped out roads across California’s Death Valley and Mojave National Preserve and turned streets into rivers in Las Vegas and Phoenix.
"It’s been very active across the Four Corners states, all of these Flash Flood Warnings, 616 to be exact to be issued just in the month of July alone," FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar said.
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The National Park Service posted a photo to Instagram showing a car swept off a highway near Stovepipe Wells in California.
"We urge people traveling in this area to use extreme caution, as storms are forecast to continue through Thursday," the National Park Service said in the Instagram post. "If you see flowing water or debris, remember: turn around, don’t drown!"
Flooding also washed away roads across California’s Mojave National Preserve.
Photos from the National Parks Service show Kelbaker Road in shambles near where it was previously interested with Mojave Road. Parks officials said all roads inside the park were closed as crews assessed the damage.
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Roads remain closed as of Tuesday afternoon.
Flash Flooding remains a threat from monsoon in Southwest
Thousands of people across the Southwest are under the risk of flash flooding on Tuesday.
Areas most at-risk of flash flooding include places from California to the Four Corners region, as well as stretching into parts of the Pacific Northwest and Wyoming.
Several inches of rain could fall across the Southwest over the next week.
The highest totals will be seen in Colorado, with some parts of the state could pick up 3-5 inches of new rain.
Heavy rain is also expected in Arizona, where places closer to the border with Mexico could see an additional 3-5 inches of rain over the course of the week.
Flooded roads have been a problem in Arizona, where over the weekend streets in Phoenix were under several inches of water after passing thunderstorms.
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Last week, a monsoon storm dumped heavy rain across the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday night, triggering flash flooding along the Las Vegas Strip and several famous casinos.
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