More than 14 million people are in the grip of floods on Sunday


About 3 to 5 inches of heavy rain had already fallen on the Texas-Oklahoma border. More rain was expected in the watch area, which also includes Austin and Waco, with forecasts for anywhere from 4 to 8 inches through Monday. Can exceed 8 inches in some areas and excessive runoff can result in flash floods in rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth/Dallas warned, “We don’t know which areas will get 8+ inches of extreme rainfall, but if it happens near you, there will be significant flooding.”

The flood watch had an effect for millions of people on Sunday.

“Everyone in the watch area should plan for additional commute times, especially on Monday mornings,” the weather service said.

A level 3 in 4 “moderate risk” of extreme rainfall has been issued by the Weather Prediction Center, primarily across northern Texas, where 3 inches of rain per hour were expected during Sunday’s heaviest storm.

“The majority of this rain will be beneficial and welcome due to the effects of the ongoing drought, but the potential for flash flood events still exists in urban areas and places with poor drainage,” the Center said.

More than 90% of Texas is experiencing drought conditions, with about 62% under extreme or exceptional drought conditions, the highest two categories.

Additional flood clocks may be added in surrounding locations after Sunday.

It rained in parts of Arizona and New Mexico on Sunday after flooding in parts of the Southwest on Saturday.

This image shows the forecast for rain accumulation from Sunday to Wednesday.This image shows the forecast for rain accumulation from Sunday to Wednesday.
In Utah, many hikers were “swept off their feet” by a flash flood in Zion National Park on Friday. Search and rescue team members were still working to find a missing passenger near the Virgin River, the park said on Saturday.
In New Mexico, flooding Saturday in Carlsbad Caverns National Park forced about 160 people to shelter for several hours, the city of Carlsbad said in a statement. facebook post,

The park was closed on Sunday, the National Park Service said.

“Maintenance teams will begin assessing and clearing debris from the roadway,” the National Park Service said.


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