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Severe Weather Strikes the Permian Basin

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Published on Jul 22, 2009

Heavy rains continue to fall across parts of the Permian Basin this morning. The heaviest rain thus far, has fallen over Eddy and Lea Counties in Southeast New Mexico. Reports from Carlsbad and Artesia indicate 4-5" of rain has fallen, forcing the closure of some roads.

Heavy rains have also hit the Northern Permian Basin hard. The hardest hit area has been Gaines County. Areas from Seminole to Denver City have reported several inches of rain since sunrise. While water has been reported over many roads, officials have not closed Hwy 385. Even though the heaviest precipitation has moved east of Gaines County, light to moderate rain should persist through early afternoon. This slow recovery means dangerous driving conditions can be expected through much of the day.

The Central Permian Basin has had its share of the rain this morning. A Flood Advisory is in effect through 1:15pm for Ector and Midland Counties. Low water crossings will likely flood. However, the rain totals in Ector and Midland Counties aren't expected to be as high as locations in the Northern Permian Basin or Southeast New Mexico.
Big Spring and Eastern Permian Basin have not seen much of the rain this morning, but the line of storms that impacted Andrews and Gaines Counties will continue to move East. Heavy rains will impact much of the eastern Permian Basin by late morning.

More thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico this afternoon and evening. Some of the stronger storms will have the potential to produce hail and high winds in addition to the heavy rainfall. Another complex of thunderstorms is expected to impact Southeast New Mexico and the Permian Basin overnight and Thursday morning. The current forecast data suggests that locations along and north of interstate 20 will see the greatest potential for heavy rains and flash flooding.

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