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ARIZONA WEATHERS TROPICAL STORM

Wet but not too wild, Tropical Storm Nora blew through the desert Southwest without the damage that was feared.

"We can breathe a sigh of relief," said Ralph Ogden, sheriff in Yuma County, which was at ground zero Thursday as the former hurricane crossed into the United States after hopping Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

Downgraded Thursday evening to a tropical depression after winds fell below 39 mph, the storm then turned eastward toward the mountains of north-central Arizona.

There it dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on the small rural community of Bagdad, about 50 miles west of Prescott, while speeding further inland early today. Floodwaters reached a depth of 6 inches in Aguila, west of Phoenix, the National Weather Service said.

Nora was still at tropical storm strength when its center passed over Yuma, where 2.3 inches of rain fell Thursday. The strongest wind gust was 54 mph.

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