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Southwest Bracing for Heavy Rains and Flash Floods

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The southwest is bracing for heavy rains and possible flash flooding brought on by a weather system that had intensified to a hurricane and has since weakened to a tropical storm — but it still packs enough punch to drench parts of California, Nevada and Arizona.

The new storms come on the heels of violent storms that swept through the Midwest Saturday, striking the Detroit area particularly hard and leaving about 200,000 people without power by Sunday. One person was electrocuted by a power line downed by high winds from that storm in Detroit, and an actress was killed in suburban Chicago when a tree fell on her during storms there.

Flash flooding was already reported in parts of California Sunday, and heavy rains are possible in the Central Rockies, federal forecasters said. Flash flood advisories were issued in southern Nevada and western Arizona, and a flood watch was issued in parts of southern Utah and much of eastern Nevada as well as southeastern Arizona.

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