- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on storms in Arizona and New Mexico (all times local):

3:24 p.m.

Pima County says Supervisor Sharon Bronson was one of the people rescued by firefighters after her car was submerged in water during a heavy rainstorm on Tuesday.

Bronson was in her county-issued car heading east on Fort Lowell Road when she turned onto Balboa Street to avoid flooding. But her car was swept by flood water into a wash. It ended up pinned against a bridge, leaving Bronson trapped. Firefighters had to break the back window to get her out.

Bronson said she was grateful to her rescuers and that her experience was an example of how even driving on roads that aren’t barricaded can be risky.

3:01 p.m.

The Tucson Fire Department says it performed eight water rescues and helped about 45 stranded motorists during a two-hour period of intense rain on Tuesday.

Captain Barrett Baker says there were in total 75 calls for help for water-related incidents.

Baker says firefighters were moving from scene to scene during intense rains that led to the closure of several streets. The city’s street car was also out of service.

Baker says even a foot of water can move a car and that drivers should avoid any areas with water even if other cars have safely passed through.

12:19 p.m.

Parts of the Phoenix area became engulfed in a dust storm as bad weather continues to make its way north through Arizona.

The National Weather Service says a storm that’s related to a tropical storm in Mexico has moved northbound and is affecting a large portion of the state.

Apache Junction and Fountain Hills have seen the most rain with at least 1 ½ inches so far.

In Tucson, heavy rains have caused flooding, resulting in the closure of several underpasses and streets. The city’s street car, which travels through downtown and the university area, remains out of service due to floods.

10:13 a.m.

Tucson’s street car is shut down due to flooding around the downtown area.

The Sun Link Street Car stopped running its nearly four-mile route around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Heavy rains have also caused traffic backups on Interstate 10 in Tucson. Stone Avenue leading into downtown has also been closed because of flooding.

The National Weather Service says flood warnings will be in effect for hours as storms continue to hit Arizona.

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Parts of Arizona and New Mexico could be hit with more heavy rain as moisture associated with Tropical Storm Javier moves through the region.

The National Weather Service says Tucson and Phoenix could see possible flash flooding just days after the state saw damaging severe weather.

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

Phoenix will be under a flash-flood watch beginning Tuesday afternoon until about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

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