The El Paso and Southern New Mexico area are expected to see continuous rainfall for the next few days as the Borderland heads into the weekend, officials said.
There is a possibility that the El Paso area could see severe rains and winds Wednesday and Thursday, said Dave Hefner, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa.
Rain is expected to stay in the El Paso area until Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
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“The next several days it is going to be wet with a chance of thunderstorms,” Hefner said. “At least for today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday), there is a chance for severe rains and winds. So, the area will remain wet for a few days. It is not looking like it will completely dry out until Sunday.”
Hefner said that the El Paso area will see the rains decrease a little on Saturday, with scattered rainfall expected throughout the city. The storms should be gone by Sunday.
Southern and Central New Mexico are seeing heavy rains, with flash flood warnings issued in several areas.
There was standing water along Doniphan Drive near the Artcraft Road overpass in West El Paso during Wednesday morning rains.
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The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for Doña Ana County and Luna County, Hefner said.
Severe thunderstorm warnings also have been issued for Deming, Lordsburg and Silver City. Those areas could see large hail, damaging winds and a very slight chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
“We continue to urge people to monitor the weather because it could have a very large impact on El Paso and New Mexico today, tomorrow and heading into the weekend,” Hefner said.
According to the El Paso Public Alert and Incident Notification System, there had been at least 10 traffic-related incidents between 5:45 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Traffic flows by standing water along Doniphan Drive from Wednesday morning rains.
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