Intense systems of thunderstorm soak Southwest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Wild summer thunderstorms slammed parts of the Southwest, stranding residents in the Navajo Nation in their homes in northern Arizona and leaving an already squalid mobile home community in Southern California deep in water.

A thunderstorm dropped more than the average annual rainfall on parts of California’s Coachella Valley in one night alone, settling for six to eight hours over Mecca and Thermal, two towns 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

In Thermal, the downpour flooded the Desert Mobile Home Park better known as Duroville, a community of mostly migrant workers with about 1,500 people, including 900 children, long the subject of legal fights as Riverside County officials attempt to relocate residents.

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