The Coachella Valley was under a flash flood watch today as heavy rain lashed the western part of the valley, damaging four homes in Desert Hot Springs.
Thunderstorms caused water damage of “unknown extent” in the 66000 block of 3rd Street in Desert Hot Springs around 11:20 a.m., according to Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
No one was injured Palm Springs got rain, thunder and lightning this morning, but there were no road closures and no flooding calls, Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
“It hit us pretty hard for a few minutes,” he said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Donovan Rice said there were no road closures he knew of in the valley.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch until 6 p.m., and listed the desert slopes and valley floors as the “main area of concern.”
Meteorologist Stephen Harrison said the rain was the result of a low-pressure system from the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
Harrison said there was a possibility of rain and thunderstorms in the area until early this afternoon.
The NWS recorded .05 inches of rain at Palm Springs International Airport in a six-hour period ending about noon.