Expect to say hello to the remains of Dolly, Weather Service saysby Ryn Gargulinski on Jul. 25, 2008, under Local, Special
Saturated ground boosts flooding threat
Tucsonans will be saying, “Hello, Dolly,” this weekend when remnants of the hurricane pass over the area starting Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Soggy, wet weather will be the norm, the service said.
The weekend is expected to have more clouds than sun, with rain predicted in all areas around Pima County, said meteorologist Bill Turner.
Flooding also is expected, Turner said. A flash flood watch goes into effect 11 p.m. Friday and lasts through Sunday afternoon, he said.
“A lot of the ground is already saturated,” he said, which adds to the flooding threat.
Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain could fall in the city, he said, with heavier rain in the mountains.
“It’s going to rain very easily when those things are passing through,” he said.
“The primary threat is rain,” Turner said, “not severe weather.”
The heaviest period of rain is expected Saturday afternoon and will last through Saturday night, the service said.
“It’s going to be a wet weekend,” Turner said.
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