Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
455 AM MDT WED SEP 17 2014

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CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
455 AM MDT WED SEP 17 2014

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS.

* THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

* TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE OVER SOUTHERN NEW
  MEXICO TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WIDESPREAD RAIN
  AND THUNDERSTORMS AT TIMES OVER MUCH OF CHAVES COUNTY.
  ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OVER AREAS THAT HAVE RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT
  RAINFALL WITHIN THE PAST WEEK OR SO WILL RESULT IN AN EXTENDED
  FLASH FLOODING THREAT.

* THE FLASH FLOODING THREAT WILL BE ESPECIALLY HIGH IN THE
  HEADWATERS OF THE RIO HONDO AND OTHER SMALL CREEKS AND
  TRIBUTARIES THAT FEED THE PECOS RIVER. ABRUPT FLOWS OF WATER...AND
  DEBRIS COULD DEVELOP AFTER HEAVY DOWNPOURS IMPACT THE AREA.
  RESIDENTS AND TRAVELERS THROUGH THE WATCH AREA SHOULD REMAIN
  ALERT AS FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH
FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

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SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
455 AM MDT WED SEP 17 2014

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...INCLUDING THE
  FOLLOWING AREAS...EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY...LOWER RIO GRANDE
  VALLEY...SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY...SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...
  SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY...SOUTHWEST
  MOUNTAINS AND UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY.

* THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

* DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE OVER SOUTHERN
  NEW MEXICO TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN
  WIDESPREAD RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES...WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS.
  ADDITIONAL RAINFALL FALLING UPON AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY
  RECEIVED HEAVY RAIN DURING THE PAST DAY OR SO WILL INCREASE THE
  ALREADY SERIOUS FLASH FLOOD THREAT. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN WILL
  BE THE UPPER GILA REGION AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND
  HIGHLANDS WHERE INTENSE DOWNPOURS COULD PRODUCE RAINFALL RATES
  OVER 2 INCHES PER HOUR. THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT WILL ONLY
  INCREASE TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY AND THIS EXTENDED THREAT PERIOD
  COULD RESULT IN POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOOD
  SITUATIONS.

* THE FLASH FLOODING THREAT WILL BE ESPECIALLY HIGH DOWNSTREAM OF
  RECENT BURN SCARS. ABRUPT FLOWS OF WATER...ASH...AND DEBRIS
  COULD DEVELOP AFTER HEAVY DOWNPOURS IMPACT THE AREA. RESIDENTS
  AND TRAVELERS THROUGH THE WATCH AREA SHOULD REMAIN ALERT AS
  FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH
FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

$$






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