2nd Jul, 2014

More storms in Eastern New Mexico and Texas

TX NM Rain

Wednesday storms flooding parts of eastern New Mexico and the western Texas Panhandle brought rain and a little lightning to Amarillo, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

“It sort of started to fizzle out pretty much starting with the rising sun,” NWS meteorologist Andrew Moulton said. The scattered showers and thunderstorms were gone by 3 p.m.

Moulton said most of the rain fell west of Amarillo, in areas including Hereford, Bootleg and the New Mexico state line.

Meteorologists recorded more than an inch of rain 15 miles northwest of Amarillo, while they measured .03 of an inch in the city.

By 7 p.m. Wednesday, Borger recorded .2 of an inch, Childress had .27 of an inch, Dalhart had .09, Dumas had .02, Hereford had .97 and Guymon had .07 of an inch.

Widespread flooding was reported in Clovis, N.M., with some intersections under several inches of water and emergency responders calling travel treacherous.

Curry County was placed under a flood warning, and Albuquerque, N.M., meteorological technician Troy Marshall said areas between Fort Sumner and Clovis reported up to 4.3 inches of rain.

Residents in Parmer County also experienced significant rainfall Wednesday. Lubbock meteorologist Brad Charboneau said gauges near Bovina measured more than 5 inches of rain, and there was 1 to 4 inches “over pretty much the whole county.”

Charboneau said curb-to-curb flooding was reported in Friona, as well as minor flooding of Highway 60 in Bovina, adding most of the heaviest rainfall in that area had stopped by 8 a.m, and the system had broken down some as it moved into eastern Bailey County.

“(We’ve had) a lot of reports of people hydroplaning,” Charboneau said. “We haven’t heard reports of any major accidents.”

Severe weather chances for the Texas Panhandle continue through the week, with a slight chance of rain in the northwest counties on Friday, Independence Day. Mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 90 are expected, Moulton said.

After Friday, Goehring said, the area will enter a drying phase.

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