Flooding Threat Shifts East, Texas and New Mexico Brace for Heavy Rain
Heavy rains, from the remnants of the once powerful Hurricane Odile, continue to pound parts of the Desert Southwest. And now the chance of heavy rain and resulting flash flooding has shifted east, as moisture from the former tropical system is picked up and pushed further into the Lone Star State.
As a Thursday afternoon, rain was continuing to fall across parts of northwest Texas. With slow forward progress, rainfall totals will be on the rise for places like Lubbock, Childress and Abilene. Flash flooding will remain a concern through the overnight hours for the western one-third of Texas.
In a one-two-punch, heavy rain from a disturbance on the Texas Gulf Coast moved through central parts of the state late last night. Storms dumped more than half a foot of rain in parts of Austin Metro Area, even though the official observation was only 0.69 inches at the airport.
All of the rain caused numerous closed roads and cut power to thousands. As of Thursday afternoon Austin Power said only 200 people remained without power.
We now have about 200 customers w/out power at about 40 locations. Crews will continue to work until all power is restored. #ATXoutage
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) September 18, 2014
Flood watches are in effect for parts of Texas and the southern section of New Mexico. Watches in New Mexico and parts of west Texas go until late Friday. While watches in southeast Texas will be allowed to expire just before midnight, Thursday.
Some of the locations that have already seen an influx of rain could be dealing with additional accumulations of 1 to 2 inches through Friday. Locally heavier amounts, of 3 to 4 inches, are possible as well.
If you see water over a road, it’s never advisable to drive across. Six inches of water can float a vehicle and send it down stream.
Rain totals in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have been pretty impressive. Here’s a state-by-state list of the top totals, so far:
• near Austin: 7.10″
• near Oak Hill: 6.41″
• near Georgetown: 6.15″
• near Dripping Springs: 6.05″
• near Spring Branch: 5.06″
• near Rodeo: 4.50″
• Hillsboro: 2.23″
• Pancho Villa: 2.10″
• Cutter: 2.10″
• near Deming: 2.02″
• near Douglas: 3.30″
• near Hereford: 3.10″
• near Benson: 2.75″
• near Sierra Vista: 2.32″
• near Tombstone: 2.13″
Meteorologist Alan Raymond