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Cyclone: Hurricane Raymond
Date it affected AZ: October 4-5, 1989
Affected Arizona as...: Tropical Storm (passed between Nogales and Douglas; dissipated over western New Mexico)
 
Hurricane Raymond, formerly a category 4 storm off the Mexican coast, tracked well west of the Mexican coast until the morning of October 3rd when a Gulf of Alaska storm system dropped into the Great Basin. This forced Raymond to make a 90 degree right turn and accelerate northeast across the central Baja, northern Sonora, and finally as a tropical depression into southeast Arizona before dissipating over New Mexico. Despite his rapid movement, Raymond managed to dump 1 to 4.50 inches of rain across southeast Arizona, mainly around Tucson and points east. Up to 2 feet of water was reported on some Tucson streets. Willcox was also hard hit with about 75 percent of the city streets submerged in up to 2 feet of water, and about $1.5 million dollars in damage . Several locations in southeast Arizona reported sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph, with tropical storm force wind gusts on several mountaintops.
 
Image of Hurricance Raymond track. Close up image of Hurricane Raymond track
   
Image of rainfall produced by Hurricance Raymond across Mexico and the southwest United States
Image courtesy of Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov)