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Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More scattered thunderstorms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More scattered thunderstorms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities.

More scattered thunderstorms have been spotted approaching Colorado River communities, including Topock, Arizona, Kingman, Arizona, and possibly Needles, California.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

The scattered thunderstorms may stay away from Needles, California and move more towards the Kingman, Arizona area.

More scattered thunderstorm have also been spotted to the south of Blythe, California, also moving north and may possibly enter the Colorado River and Route 66 communities later today.

If you’re in the area along the Colorado River and Route 66 communities, including Topock, Arizona, Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

According to the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management, sand bag resources are available to the public upon request at the City of Kingman Fire Department, Northern Arizona Fire Department, Golden Valley Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department and the Desert Hills Fire Department.

Please call your community Fire Department to make arrangements regarding supply availability and quantities.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More thunderstorms approaching Colorado River communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More thunderstorms approaching Colorado River communities.

More thunderstorms have been spotted approaching Colorado River communities, including Needles, California and Topock, Arizona.

 

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

More thunderstorms are possible for communities along the Colorado River overnight.

If you’re in the area along the Colorado River communities, including Needles, California and Topock, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

According to the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management, sand bag resources are available to the public upon request at the City of Kingman Fire Department, Northern Arizona Fire Department, Golden Valley Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department and the Desert Hills Fire Department.

Please call your community Fire Department to make arrangements regarding supply availability and quantities.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Thunderstorms moving across Mojave Desert communities.

Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Thunderstorms moving across Mojave Desert communities.

Thunderstorms have been spotted moving across Mojave Desert, including Amboy, California, Nipton, California, Goffs, California, Essex, California, and near Needles, California.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

More thunderstorms are still coming to communities along the Colorado River later tonight.

If you’re in the area of the Amboy, California, Nipton, California, Goffs, California, Essex, California, and near Needles, California, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 7:00pm PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 for northeastern San Bernardino County, California and southwestern Clark County, Nevada, including Baker, Cima, Primm, Mountain Pass, Sandy Valley, Nipton including roadways, Dumont Dunes including State Route 127.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ524&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ228&local_place1=20%20Miles%20W%20Searchlight%20NV&product1=Flash+Flood+Warning&lat=35.4693&lon=-115.2705#.WbNDzT5961s

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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Weather Update!!: Topock, AZ: Clean up underway after early morning thunderstorms caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout.

Weather Update!!: Topock, AZ: Clean up underway after early morning thunderstorms caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout.

The thunderstorms that moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River at around 3:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout in Topock, Arizona.

Staff at the Old Western Trader as well as from the Golden Shores General Store are drying off from the flooding inside that reportedly was 3 inches of water inside.

Road crews are seen working to dig a trench to drain the flooded water away from the business before the next round of thunderstorms arrive possibly later night.

Golden Shores Parkway is closed at the new roundabout until road crews are done clearing the water.

Thanks to Timothy Terral of Needles, California for helping ZachNews to get to this news story.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River at around 3:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed outside to report live on the passing thunderstorms at ZachNews on Facebook.

Heavy rain fell over Needles, California bringing a stream of water to flow down J Street near the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station towards Downtown Needles, California.

As the heavy rain continued to fall, thunder roared across the area and lightning flashed like an outside strobe light over the area awaking people up around the community.

A lightning strike caused the the power to flick off in Downtown Needles, California which was captured live on ZachNews.

All of the runoff rushed along streets that have been repaved and reconstructed bringing mud and small rocks at the intersections of West Broadway at J Street and West Broadway at K Street.

The runoff of mud and small rocks then washed into the North K Street Underpass where a car almost got stuck in the flooded water.

City of Needles Public Works Crews closed the North K Street Underpass, but a van was later spotted stuck in the mud and had to be helped out to be pushed out of the mud by passer byers including ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez.

As the thunderstorms moved across the Colorado River, more heavy rain fell over Needles, California as more thunder and lightning flashed over Mohave Valley, Arizona.

As morning rose, the thunderstorms continued to move north into Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City, Arizona, and widen out to the east towards Golden Valley, Arizona and Kingman, Arizona.

All of the runoff from the thunderstorms made flood basins flooded with muddy water, the Colorado River flowed muddy, and baseball fields became puddles of water and mud.

At this moment, the North K Street Underpass remains closed from Front Street to Walnut Street.

Please stay away from flooded roadways, drive safely as the roadways are wet and muddy,  and report any downed power lines or fires caused by the lightning.

**** More information is still being collected from the aftermath of the thunderstorms and will be posted here as soon as possible on ZachNews. Stay tuned everybody. ****

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Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Thunderstorms has been spotted approaching over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms has moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

A thunderstorm was currently over Needles, California with several more spotted thunderstorms to the south and southeast of Needles, California that appear to be moving north along the Colorado River.

If you’re in the area of the Needles, California and along the Colorado River, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Rain over Needles, California.

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Rain over Needles, California.

Rain is falling over communities moving towards Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to some heavy rain moving over the communities of Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

In case the storm get worst and you’re in the area of Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona, please be on watch and ready for the thunderstorms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 8:00pm PT/MST on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 for portions of northwest Arizona and southeast California, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave and Northwest Deserts. In southeast California, San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=4%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8402&lon=-114.6071#.WXdC1usrLcc

If the thunderstorms begin to get worst and approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: Fenner, CA: Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Weather Alert!!: Fenner, CA: Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40 near Fenner, California and Essex, California.

Some small thunderstorms were seen on the weather radar pooping up near U.S. 95 and Interstate 40 just west of Needles, California and lightning in the clouds could be seen distance in the mountains west of Needles, California.

In case the thunderstorms get worst and you’re in the area of Fenner, California, Essex, California, and Needles, California, please be on watch and ready for the thunderstorms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 5:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave and Northwest Deserts. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley, and Western Mojave Desert. In Nevada, Esmeralda and Central Nye County and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=4%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8402&lon=-114.6071#.WXbWXOsrLcc

If the thunderstorms begin to get worst and approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

With monsoon season 2017 in full swing, people living or visiting the Colorado River Tri-State area should be prepare for any monsoon storms that may surprise you.

Here are some information you, your family, and friends should know about to get ready for the next storm during Monsoon 2017.

**** Preparing For The Storms Tips: ****

  • Flooding Around Property:

Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm. Free sand is available for pickup at many fire stations throughout the Valley.

Some stations provide bags and shovels for use, but others require residents to bring their own shovels and bags.

You can call your local fire department or check its website to see what you will need to bring to get sandbags for your home.

  • Flooded Roadways: 

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway and if barricades are set up, never drive around the barricades. The barricades are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened.

It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Remember that saying, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including S.U.V.’s.

If you spotted somebody in a vehicle stuck in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • People Playing Around Floodwaters: 

Never allow anybody, especially children to play around floodwaters or washes during heavy rain storms.

As the great weatherman Dave Munsey from Fox 10 Phoenix always say for years at the end of his weather forecasts, “Watch your kids around water”.

They can be swept away and possibly drown in the fast moving floodwaters.

If you spotted somebody in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • Thunderstorms and Lightning:

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

  • High Winds:

Thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

  • Dust Storms:

If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible, turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors.

Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

  • Downed Utility Lines:

If utility lines are down across a roadway, consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous.

Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it.

High voltage can travel through the ground.

Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

If utility lines are down across a vehicle and the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives.

Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle.

If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet.

Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

** Remember to have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle in case of any weather related emergency and make sure to have a plan ready in case you need to evacuate because of a weather elated incident. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency and following all local weather and news outlets, including the National Weather Service and ZachNews for the latest information on the storms as well as foe the latest weather conditions for the rest of the week. Take Care, Be Safe, and Be Ready!! ** 

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Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

These pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez show lightning from a passing thunderstorm occurring west of Needles High School in Needles, California on Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Video by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the lightning will be posted soon on ZachNews.