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News Update!!: Needles, CA and Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Boat collision along the Colorado River.

News Update!!: Needles, CA and Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Boat collision along the Colorado River.

Here is the latest information regarding the boat collision along the Colorado River between Pirate’s Cove Resort in Needles, California and Topock 66 Resort in Topock, Arizona that occurred on Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

** As of 9:24am PT on Thursday, October 18th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing our search efforts of the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1, 2018. Today and tomorrow, divers will be in the water conducting underwater searches, along with continuous top water and shoreline searches. There will be a strong law enforcement presence on the water today, and intermittent closures are in place for the diver’s safety in several areas of the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in the area and use extra caution when approaching these vessels.

 

** As of 6:00am PT on Thursday, October 18th, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, Dive Team will be conducting search operations on the Colorado River from Park Moabi to Lake Havasu on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and Friday, October 19th, 2018 in support of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office fatal boat collision investigation.

There may be closures on the river during the operation.

As stated earlier this week, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community of the ongoing search efforts being conducted in regards to the last missing boater Raegan Heitzig from the boat collision that occurred on Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

Future Dive Operations were scheduled for October 18-21, coordinated with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and have now been rescheduled to October 18-19 and will include intermittent river closures for the safety of the divers.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is in no way discouraging the community’s efforts to create volunteer search teams, however, any future large scale searches conducted by volunteers should be coordinated with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office so as to not hinder any previously scheduled plans made by the Division of Boating Safety.

Our searches have continued since the collision to include shoreline and top water searches, diving, Search and Rescue dogs, kayakers, drones, helicopters, and sonar.

Our agency feels very strongly that this search will not end until Raegan Heitzig is located, and our main goal remains wanting to bring closure to the family and the community.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Saturday, October 13th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community of the ongoing search efforts being conducted in regards to the last missing boater from the boat collision that occurred on September 1, 2018. Future Dive Operations were scheduled for October 18-21, coordinated with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and have now been rescheduled to October 18-19 and will include intermittent river closures for the safety of the divers. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is in no way discouraging the community’s efforts to create volunteer search teams, however, any future large scale searches conducted by volunteers should be coordinated with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office so as to not hinder any previously scheduled plans made by the Division of Boating Safety. Our searches have continued since the collision to include shoreline and top water searches, diving, Search and Rescue dogs, kayakers, drones, helicopters, and sonar. Our agency feels very strongly that this search will not end until Raegan is located, and our main goal remains wanting to bring closure to the family and the community.

** As of 3:40pm PT on Friday, September 14th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1st. Our search efforts will not be completed until the last missing boater is accounted for. Please use caution this weekend as law enforcement vessels will be on the water focusing on top water and shoreline searches and as well as utilizing side scan sonar.

** As of 11:00am PT on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018: **

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Specialist Anita Mortensen, “The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to search until the last missing boater is accounted for. The divers have been called off for the time being, and our searchers are focusing on top water and shoreline searches. Side scan sonar is being used by our agency and if something underwater is questionable, our agency’s divers will investigate. Updates in this case are being posted to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and will be posted when an update is necessary. For now, a daily update is not necessary as we are continuing the search every day just like we have been. When something new is discovered, it will be posted.”

https://www.facebook.com/MohaveCountySheriffsOffice/

** As of 9:41am PT on Monday, September 10th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing search efforts for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1st in Topock. Searchers are focusing on top water and shore line searches down river near Lake Havasu. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in your area and use caution while searches are being conducted.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). After 6 days of continuous searching, it has been determined that we have exhausted our search efforts near the site of the collision and we will be moving our base of operations from Topock 66 Marina to the Lake Havasu City Water Safety Center. This move will not impact our search efforts, and we will continue to focus on top water and shore line searches, while utilizing our Division of Boating Safety and Volunteer Posse staff. This move will broaden our search area a great deal and move our focus further down river. We want to thank all of the agencies that have assisted us with our search so far, and we appreciate the support and encouragement from the community during this tragic event.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

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The Incident Commander with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office tells ZachNews that the command center at the Topock 66 Marina in Topock, Arizona is being relocates south near Lake Havasu City, Arizona well search efforts continue for the last boater.

The last boater still missing is being identified as Raegan Heitzig from Ventura, California.

Earlier in the week, the bodies of 51 Years Old Christine (Christi) Lewis from Visalia, California; 24 Years Old Kirra Drury from Ventura, California and 50 Years Old Brian Grabowski from Tulare, California were found following a boat collision that occurred last Saturday.

Deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station along with search crews are determined to find the last boater, not wanting to give up and plan to keep going.

** As of 9:34am PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

According to the  San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement and Aviation Deputies continue the search of the Colorado River today for the missing boater. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

** As of 10:25am PT on Thursday, September 6th, 2018: **

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing our search efforts of the last missing boater. Today began with our morning briefing, and crews went into the water shortly after. Today’s efforts include divers, top water and shoreline searches, drones, helicopters, and side scan sonar. Multiple different agencies are involved in the search and working together for a resolution.

There will be a strong law enforcement presence on the water today, and closures are in place for the diver’s safety. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in the area and use caution.

** As of 8:49am PT on Thursday, September 6th, 2018: **

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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, search efforts are continuing on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 along the Colorado River on the water and in the air supporting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in the search for the last missing boater in the boat collision last Saturday.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, crews have so far located the bodies of 3 of the 4 missing people who went following last Saturday’s boat collision.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the third missing boater was located in the Colorado River at approximately 12:35pm MST Tuesday and was identified as 24 year old Kirra Drury from Ventura, California.

Earlier, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the second missing boater was located in the Colorado River at approximately 9:00am MST Tuesday and was identified as 50 year old Brian Grabowski from Tulare, California.

On Monday, September 3rd, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the first missing boater was found at approximately 7:30am MST, and was identified as 51 year old Christine Lewis from Visalia, California.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, there is 1 boater still missing as of Wednesday evening.

ZachNews has learned that the last boater still missing is being identified by family and friends as Raegan Heitzig from Ventura, California.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, we will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the boat collision.

** As of 3:36pm PT on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). The third missing boater was located in the Colorado River on Tuesday (9/4) at approximately 12:35 PM and was identified as Kirra Drury, 24 from Ventura, California. At this time, 1 boater is still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

** As of 10:35am PT on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). One of the missing boaters was located in the Colorado River on Tuesday (9/4) at approximately 9:00 AM and was identified as Brian Grabowski, 50 from Tulare, California. At this time, the other 2 boaters are still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

** As of 7:36pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

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According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4:00pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018, a detective from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Dive Team was assisting with the dive operations on the Colorado River when he suffered minor injuries from a dive related illness. The detective has been helping the past two days in dive operations trying to find the missing boaters that were involved in an unfortunate boating collision on Saturday night.

This detective has been very tenacious with his involvement by participating in over ten dives the last two days trying to do his best to help the family members get some sort of closure. He is an experienced diver and has served on the department’s dive team for over 15 years with our dive team.

The detective was taken by ground ambulance to Havasu Airport, escorted by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, and our Aviation Division’s air rescue helicopter flew him to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to be treated. He is expected to have a full recovery and was only admitted as a precautionary measure.

Due to darkness, fatigue, and safety concerns dive operations have stopped for the day. The multi-agency joint dive operations will resume tomorrow morning for the missing boaters.

Today’s operation had over 30 law enforcement divers conducting underwater searches. These conditions are very rigorous and straining due to heavy current, dive depth, and heat conditions. Divers are in full gear with over 100-degree temperatures outside. Over the last two days, divers have covered over 5-miles of the waterway from the Park Moabi Channel to Topock Gorge.

** As of 5:23pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, the Dive operations have concluded for the day.

They will resume on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 morning at which time the Colorado River will be closed to all boat traffic from Topock Gorge to the Sand Bar.

There will be no through access to the area.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

ZachNews has learned that Christine Lewis was the stepdaughter of retired Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office released that following statement on their Facebook page regarding the terrible boat accident on the Colorado River this past weekend which said, “We are deeply saddened to hear about the horrible crash on the Colorado River. We know that there will be families right here in Tulare County grieving the loss of their loved ones for days, months and years to come and our hearts absolutely go out to them. We do know one of the victims, 51-year-old Chrisi Lewis, a Tulare County resident, did not survive the crash. Lewis is the daughter of one of our farm managers and the step-daughter of former Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman. Sheriff Boudreaux spoke with the family this morning and is in constant contact with them. We are also keeping in close contact with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, who are heading up rescue and recovery efforts. And we’re ready to provide whatever assistance they might need. Please keep the families of all of those affected by this tragedy in your prayers.”

Earlier this morning, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said they corrected the name of the victim from “Christi Lewis” to Christine Lewis, but the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in their statement that her name is “Christi Lewis.”

** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

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** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). One of the missing boaters was located in the Colorado River on Monday (9/3) at approximately 7:30 AM and was identified as Christine Lewis, 51 from Visalia, California. At this time, the other 3 boaters are still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office corrected the nane of the victim found after they released publicly the identified “Christi Lewis” this morning.

** As of 7:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, dive operations are starting. The Colorado River will be closed to all boat traffic in the area of the no wake zone near the Topock 66 Marina.

Personnel from multiple agencies supporting Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

** As of 6:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

The search for the 4 missing people in the boat collision Saturday night along the Colorado River will resume Monday morning.

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the Colorado River is closed down in the area of the search.

Boaters should use caution and prepare for any closures Monday in the area of the search along the Colorado River; south of Pirate’s Cove Resort and near Topock 66 Marina.

Authorities have not identified any of the people involved, but said that none of the people were from the area.

The cause of the boat collision is under investigation.

** As of 8:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

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Divers and search team members have packed up and will be returning at 5:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd 2018.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, divers from Los Angeles, California are on their way to help in the search for the still missing 4 people.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office tell ZachNews that no names have been officially released.

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Both boat involved in the boat collision have been recovered.

** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, second boat has been recovered from the Colorado River in the boat collision.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, first boat has been recovered from the Colorado River in the boat collision.

** As of 3:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference with the latest information regarding the boat collision.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said at approximately 8:00pm, 2 boats collision occurred along the Colorado River just north of Interstate 40, between the Pirate’s Cove Resort (located in Needles, California) and Topock 66 Marina (located in Topock, Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said a total of 16 people were involved in the boat collision, among the 16 people: 9 people were injured including 7 people who were taken to surrounding area hospitals for treatment, 2 people requiring airlift to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada and 2 people were uninjured.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said that the people in the boat collision weren’t locals, they were from outside the area.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the search to find 4 remaining victims, 3 women and a man, will continue until “all of those who are missing or uncounted for are found.”

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the Colorado River is closed down in the area of the search.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said there were 10 people in a Hallet boat and 6 people in a Sleek boat when the boats collided.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office along with agencies including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department dive team and helicopter, San Bernardino County Fire Department and United States Fish and Wildlife are assisting in the search on the water and on the shore.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said none of the boaters was wearing a life vest at the time of the boat collision.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the cause is still under investigation.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said his thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in the boat collision.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, a public briefing and press conference will be held at the Topock 66 Marina at 3:00pm MST where Sheriff Doug Schuster will make a statement and answer any questions, along with Sergeant Kyler Cox from the Division of Boating Safety. All news agencies are welcome to attend.

ZachNews is heading over to the press conference and will be broadcasting live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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** As of 8:30am PT: **

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to assist the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office on the Colorado River near the Topock Marina.

All vessel traffic is asked to remain clear of the area as the river will be intermittently closed to all traffic.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8:03pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received several 911 calls in reference to a boating crash on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove Resort in Needles, California and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu, California.

Several callers advised that multiple people were in the water, there were multiple injuries, and several people were missing.

Units from the Mohave County Sheriffs Office Division of Boating Safety responded by water and land to the area.

Upon their arrival it was determined that a Hallet boat occupied by 10 people, was northbound, and a Sleek Craft boat, occupied by 6 people, was southbound on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina when they collided head on.

During the collision, all subjects from both boats were ejected into the water, and both boats sank.

Several people were pulled from the water by passing boaters.

Deputies and an onboard AMR paramedic located a critically injured female that was in a good Samaritan’s boat.

They were able to stabilize her, and transport her to shore.

She was then flown from the scene to a hospital in Las Vegas in Critical condition.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 9 other people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

At this time, 4 occupants from the Hallet boat are still missing. Helicopters from Care Flight, Arizona DPS Air Rescue, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were deployed in the area shortly after the initial call, and were unable to locate any of the missing subjects.

** As of 12:19am PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

The San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “Search operations have been suspended and will resume tomorrow morning. #MohaveCountySheriff is lead agency for investigation.”

** As of 10:23pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018: **

The Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “Total patient count is 12: 1 with life threatening injuries flown to @UMCSN (University Medical Center of Southern Nevada), 6 moderate/non-life threatening, 6 minor injuries. 2 parties remain unaccounted for and presumed submerged.”

** As of 8:56pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies with the Marine Enforcement Unit are assisting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office with a boat collision on the Colorado River near Topock Gorge and Park Moabi Channel near Needles, California.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is the lead department handling the boat collision.

As of 8:56pm PT on Saturday, September 1st 2018, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “#SBCoFD onscn BOAT COLLISION on Colorado River n/o Topock. Two vessels head on. 1 sunk, 1 heavy damage. 2 parties missing, presumed submerged. 2 patients – delayed. Numerous boats in area. Mult agencies assisting.”

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding scattered thunderstorms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

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** As of 2:50pm PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered thunderstorms that were near Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona has lost most strength died off and has moved out of the area.

** As of 12:40pm PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered thunderstorms were spotted east of Needles, California, Mohave Valley, Arizona, and near Lake Havasu City, Arizona has lost most strength, mostly producing light rain in most areas, but there are still spotty moderate to heavy rain falling northeast of Golden Shores, Arizona and in the Kingman, Arizona area.

The storms appear to be moving northwest.

** As of 11:13am PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Pictures from ZachNews shows the scattered thunderstorms moving north to northwest across the area.

The main portion of the scattered thunderstorms, moderate to heavy rainfall and possible lightning, appears to be staying to the east of the Needles, California area and appears to be heading moving towards communities near the mountains, which includes Oatman, Arizona.

Light rain is falling in the Needles, California area.

** As of 10:30am PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted east of Needles, California, Mohave Valley, Arizona, and near Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving northwest.

Use caution if driving along in the area of the scattered thunderstorms, and beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms.

If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding more scattered thunderstorms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018.

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** As of 7:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms near Golden Shores, Arizona have died off and appear to become light rain producing.

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page what a difference an hour makes! Most storms have really died off across the region in the last hour. Still monitoring a few areas, but the likelihood of a repeat of last evening is not good.

** As of 7:10pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms east of Golden Shores, Arizona and south of Yucca, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms appears to be losing strength but still shows to have moderate to heavy rain falling and possible lightning.

** As of 7:07pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page some beautiful 1-minute imagery from the GOES-16 satellite showing storms across the southwest this evening!

** As of 6:53pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that they’re monitoring storms through the evening for much of the #LasVegas Valley. Storm activity is expected to increase near Caliente, Needles and Yucca. Heavy rain & flooding is the main concern. Some storms may produce small hail.

** As of 6:26pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of #MohaveCounty including Yucca, Arizona as well as parts of Interstate 40 between mile markers 16 and 36.

** As of 6:20pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a like yesterday, we’re monitoring developing storms across the region. The hot zones at the moment are in Lincoln and Mohave Counties, as well as areas of SW Utah. Next major impacts could be from Yucca, AZ towards Topock and Needles. Stay tuned!

** As of 6:10pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted south of Kingman, Arizona, and east of Yucca, Arizona.

Use caution if driving along Route 66 and Interstate 40 for the scattered thunderstorms are nearby.

The scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving west.

Beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms. If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018.

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** As of 6:20am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms have cleared the Needles, California and Lake Havasu City, Arizona areas.

Be on watch throughout the day and evening just in case of any more scattered thunderstorms.

** As of 1:55am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows more scattered thunderstorms south and southeast of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

 

** As of 1:41am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a cluster of showers and storms are approaching the 29 Palms, Yucca Vally, and Joshua Tree. These are expected to arrive between 2 am and 230 am. Expect brief heavy rain and wind gusts between 35-45 mph.

 

** As of 1:00am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Blowing dust blow into Needles, California as flashes of lightning lighted up the clouds surrounding the community.

 

** As of 12:50am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted south of Needles, California.

These scattered thunderstorms are seen far south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Parker, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that strong winds are likely to push west across San Bernardino County over the next 1-2 hours. Will likely impact SR-62, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley with gusts to at least 45 MPH.

Beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms. If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms popping up.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms popping up.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding storms popping up in the Colorado River Tri-State area on Friday, July 13th, 2018.

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** As of 6:00pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms have cleared the Needles, California area.

** As of 3:31pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

According to San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95, between Nevada State Line and Interstate 40, Needles, California, is closed due to earlier flooding and now a train derailment. Unknown duration for recovery and investigation.

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** As of 3:25pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for central San Bernardino County, California. One inch of rain has already fallen, and flash flooding is expected to begin shortly in areas such as Ludow, California and Amboy, California along Interstate 40.

** As of 2:18pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of San Bernardino County, California. Thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area with up to one inch already fallen. Flash flooding should commence shortly. Impacted areas include parts of U.S. Route 95 and Interstate 40.

** As of 2:25pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning west of Needles, California.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving east and is over Route 66 and U.S. Route 95.

Beware of flooded roadways in area area of the thunderstorms, especially for Route 66 and U.S. Route 95.

If flooded and roadway is closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Currently, light rain is falling and breezy, winds coming from the west.

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding storms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Thursday, July 12th, 2018.

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** As of 10:20pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows all of the thunderstorms that were in the Colorado River Tri-State area have all lost strength, dissipated and moved out of the area.

** As of 815pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that they are getting reports of water across the road on Oatman-Topock Highway. Follow the example: when you encounter flooded roadways, TURN AROUND, DONT DROWN!

** As of 5:04pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that flash flooding has been reported in Golden Valley near Route 66. Water will continue to flow downstream toward Topock in the next few hours. Be alert if driving this evening, especially near Route 66 and Oatman-Topock Hwy.

** As of 4:59pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of San Bernardino County. Storms producing heavy rain and lightning along Hwy 62 on both sides of Vital Junction.

** As of 3:06pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for central San Bernardino County, California including parts of Route 66 between Fenner, California and Goffs, California. Expect flash flooding to begin shortly.

** As of 3:04pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of San Bernardino County, California and Mohave County, Arizona including places such as Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Parker Dam, Arizona, and Desert Hills, Arizona. If you’re on Lake Havasu now, be prepared for heavy rain and lightning!

** As of 2:35pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for central Clark County, Nevada and central Mohave County, Arizona. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

 

** As of 1:54pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that 1.5 to 2.0 inches of rainfall in the Kingman / Golden Valley Area. Flash Flooding likely. Please do not drive through flooded waters. Sacramento Wash webcam in Golden Valley showing water beginning to flow quickly.

** As of 1:40pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows more thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning south of Needles, California, southeast of Goffs, California, east of Golden Shores, Arizona, east of Mohave Valley, Arizona, east of Bullhead City, Arizona and over Oatman, Arizona.

Prepare for possible moderate to heavy rainfall as well as more thunder and lightning.

Beware of flooded roadways in and around the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area.

If flooded and roadway is closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** As of 1:29pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

Pictures by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows a thunderstorm approaching Needles, California.
Thunder can be heard from this thunderstorm.
Prepare for possible moderate to heavy rainfall as well as more thunder and lightning.
Beware of flooded roadways in and around the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area.
If flooded and roadway is closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

 

** As of 1:23pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning for Kingman, Arizona and surrounding areas. Thunderstorms in the area are producing heavy rain that is likely to cause flash flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways.

** As of 1:05pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows more thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning south of Needles, California and east of Golden Shores, Arizona.

** As of 12:23pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

Pictures by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows water flowing across Lillyhill Drive and Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Beware of flooded roadways in and around the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area.

If flooded and roadway is closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** As of 11:50am PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

Rain is falling in Needles, California.

Thunder heard over Needles, California as water flow down streets.

** As of 12:23pm PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning for Needles and surrounding areas until 2:30 pm. Use caution in this area.

 

** As of 11:20am PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018: **

 

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning south of Needles, California and southeast of Yucca, Arizona.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving north.

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Storms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Storms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding storms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018.

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** As of 3:21am PT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 (Final Update): **

According to Caltrans District 8, northbound U.S. Route 95 at Interstate 40, west of Needles, California, is open.

** As of 10:37pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

According to Caltrans District 8, northbound U.S. Route 95 at Interstate 40, west of Needles, California, is closed because of flooding.

At this moment, the duration of the closure  is unknown.

Motorists are told to visit: http://QuickMap.dot.ca.gov for traffic updates.

** As of 10:10pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows all of the thunderstorms that were in the Mohave Valley, Arizona; Golden Shores, Arizona; and Needles, California area have all lost strength, dissipated and moved out of the area. Some light rain fall remains southeast of Yucca, Arizona.

** As of 8:35pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

According to the Yucca Fire District, Alamo is now open from I-40 to La Cieniga. North of that is a mess. La Cieniga itself sustained very little damage from Cow Creek. Santa Fe Ranch is open from I-40 to Butch Cassidy. Butch Cassidy to Alamo is passable with care. Crystal Springs clear from Butch Cassidy to Jesse James. Roy Rodgers needs work from South of Cicio to Bronco. Carmen has washed that have run heavily but is passable with caution. Apache has washed that have run at McKenzie Wash and Flat Too Wash. Frontage Road is clear and passable with little washout. As always, please use caution when traveling after a storm. Washes may run after the rain has cleared. Please remember to Turn Around Don’t Drown.

The Yucca Fire District thanked Jim Federico for your help with Road checks tonight.

** As of 7:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, at about 2:15pm MST Wednesday afternoon, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue received a call of multiple vehicles that had become stranded in washes along Alamo Road between mile post 3 to mile post 5. The occupants of the vehicles were able to self-rescue while rescuers were responding to the area. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue would like to encourage people to use extreme caution around running water – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

** As of 5:50pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

According to the City of Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road is open again. Please proceed with caution. The gates at Ocotillo and Split Rock remain closed. The gates at Tamarisk, Joe Davis, Bagdad and Bullion Mountain Road are also closed until tomorrow morning. Mesquite Springs Road between Sunnyslope and El Paseo and Larrea Avenue are flooded as well.

** As of 5:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

According to the City of Twentynine Palms, rain has caused some major flooding in the City. Adobe Road between Civic Center Drive and Gorgonio is down to one lane northbound and both lanes are closed heading southbound. The gates at Ocotillo and SplitRock are closed due to the overflow of water in the Wash. Please use caution when driving.

** As of 4:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that if you’re boating on Lake Havasu, be prepared for a potential wind shift! South winds may become northeast at 25MPH as that storm to the north moves away.

** As of 4:15pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree, CA along Highway 62. TURN AROUND, DONT DROWN!

** As of 4:12pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning including Twentynine Palms CA, Yucca Valley CA, Joshua Tree CA until 7:15 PM PDT

** As of 3:59pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning continues for Needles CA until 6:00 PM PDT.

** As of 3:20pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that they are getting reports now of road closure east of Laughlin on Oatman Highway. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

** As of 3:09pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall, thunder and possible lightning around the Needles, California area, including the a large thunderstorm west of the community.

That thunderstorm was moving north to northwest, but is spreading out south and north, and may change directions again as they grows.

Windy conditions in Needles, California from the northwest, but no rain yet and is possible.

** As of 2:40pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall, thunder and possible lightning west and south of Needles, California and north in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Rain and gusty winds may moving into the Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona areas.

People in the area of the thunderstorms should be prepare for any weather related problems that could happen.

** As of 2:13pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

These pictures by ZachNews shows the thunderstorms west of Needles, California and north of Mohave Valley, Arizona.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that monitoring some storm activity in and around the Kingman, Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada area.

** As of 1:52pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning southwest of Needles, California and east of Goffs, California.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving north or northwest.

Please use caution if driving in this area as the thunderstorms will be over Route 66, U.S. Route 95, and Interstate 40.

** As of 1:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for central Mohave County, Arizona, including places such as Bullhead City, Arizona; GoldenValley, Arizona; and Highway 68.

** As of 1:20pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorm with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning near Oatman, Arizona and along Highway 68 just east of Bullhead City, Arizona.

Thunderstorm appear to be moving north or northwest.

** As of 12:53pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **


This is a picture from ZachNews of the approaching storm near Yucca, Arizona and Topock, Arizona, clouds seen from Needles, California.

** As of 12:42pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning for Yucca, AZ and Topock, AZ including Alamo Rd due to heavy rainfall from nearby t-storms. Remember when roadways are flooded, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

** As of 12:28pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorm with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning approaching Interstate 40 and Route 66 near Yucca, Arizona.

Thunderstorm appear to be moving north or northwest.

** As of 12:17pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that heavy downpours and rainfall brought 0.43″ in just over 15 minutes to the Hualapais as it heads toward Kingman, Arizona.

** As of 12:05pm PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of San Bernardino County, California including areas such as Baker, California; MountainPass, California; Amboy, California and Interstate 15 between mile markers 97 and 185 as well as Interstate 40 between mile markers 32 and 126.

** As of 11:53am PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning southeast of Golden Shores, Arizona and Needles, California; east of Yucca, Arizona; and near Kingman, Arizona.

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 also shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning in the Mojave National Preserve, near Goffs, California; Essex, California; and Fenners, California.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving west or northwest.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Mohave County, Arizona until 11:00pm MST, this includes Kingman, Arizona and Yucca, Arizona.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of San Bernardino County, Arizona until 11:00pm MST, this includes Goffs, California; Essex, California; and Fenners, California.

Please use caution driving in this area and get indoors if lightning is happening.

** As of 11:07am PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorms with heavy rain fall and lightning northeast and east of Goffs, California.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving west.

This is a picture from ZachNews of the thunderstorms, which you can see the clouds to the east of Needles Highway and the Colorado River.

Please use caution driving in this area along Route 66 and get indoors if lightning is happening.

** As of 8:30am PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the thunderstorm near Lake Havasu City, Arizona and the small storm system along U.S. Highway 95 just south of Needles, California has loss strength and is now mostly light and moderate to rain.

** As of 8:00am PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the thunderstorm continuing to move northwest along the Colorado River near Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

A small storm system has popped up along U.S. Highway 95 just south of Needles, California.

** As of 7:31am PT on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows a thunderstorm approaching the Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Havasu Lake, California areas.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving northwest.

Moderate to heavy rain is falling as well as possible lightning.

Reminder, if thunderstorms arrive in or near the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be broadcasting live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **