THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - Heavy rain, lightning and hail... that's what the Coachella Valley experienced overnight into early Saturday morning. Thunderstorms have moved to the North and East, but "wrap-around" storms and showers are possible through Saturday afternoon.
A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for the Coachella Valley, including Palm Springs and Thermal, until 3:15 AM. NEVER drive through flooded roads. Turn around; don't drown.
Some rainfall totals from around the Coachella Valley as of 5:05AM:
Desert Hot Springs: 1.10"
Palm Springs - 0.91"
Thermal - 0.94"
Indio - 1.10"
Cathedral City - 0.66"
Early Friday morning, Tropical Storm Sergio crossed Baja California, sending widespread precipitation toward Arizona and New Mexico.
Some moisture and energy from the remnants of the storm have combined with a low-pressure system hovering near Southern California to create widespread storms and showers around the region.
Your First Alert Team has been tracking Sergio over the past week. At one point, it was a slow-moving hurricane spiraling in the Pacific Basin. It picked up speed as it neared the Baja coastline, but continued to weaken to a tropical storm.
Before the rain, residents said they were ready for cooler weather and increased rain.
"I love the rain, because it never rains out here, so when it does, you get to enjoy every second of it," said Serena Marquez, a Coachella Valley local.
"I think we need the rain. I think we're going to go outside and jump in it," said Adrian Aleman.
Experts are reminding people to drive safely if caught driving through the rain. According to AAA, the most dangerous time to drive in wet conditions is the first ten minutes of rainfall when rain and oil mix, creating slippery pavements.
"I try to drive a little slower," said Michael Lightle of Cathedral City.
By Saturday afternoon, showers become more scattered through the evening hours. Sunday looks to be dry, followed by a Santa Ana wind event. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for our local mountains.
Stay with your First Alert Team as we continue to track Sergio.
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