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Flash Flood Watch extended through the morning of July 27

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM
550 AM MDT FRI JUL 26 2013

...ABUNDANT MOISTURE AND SATURATED GROUND WILL LEAD TO POSSIBLE
FLASH FLOODING ACROSS THE AREA TODAY...

.FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS MUCH OF THE AREA HAS RECEIVED MODERATE
TO HEAVY RAINS. MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS THE REGION HAVE SATURATED
GROUND CONDITIONS. MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATER THIS
AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THE ATMOSPHERE STILL HAS ABUNDANT MOISTURE
AND WILL LEAD TO THUNDERSTORMS THAT CAN VERY QUICKLY PRODUCE ONE
TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN. THIS RAIN FALLING ON SATURATED GROUND
WOULD QUICKLY LEAD TO EXCESSIVE RUNOFF AND FLASH FLOODING.


UPPER GILA RIVER VALLEY-SOUTHERN GILA HIGHLANDS/BLACK RANGE-
SOUTHERN GILA FOOTHILLS/MIMBRES VALLEY-
SOUTHWEST DESERT/LOWER GILA RIVER VALLEY-LOWLANDS OF THE BOOTHEEL-
UPLANDS OF THE BOOTHEEL-SOUTHWEST DESERT/MIMBRES BASIN-
EASTERN BLACK RANGE FOOTHILLS-SIERRA COUNTY LAKES-
NORTHERN DONA ANA COUNTY-SOUTHERN DONA ANA COUNTY/MESILLA VALLEY-
CENTRAL TULAROSA BASIN-SOUTHERN TULAROSA BASIN-
WEST SLOPES SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS BELOW 7500 FEET-
SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 7500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS BELOW 7500 FEET-OTERO MESA-
WESTERN EL PASO COUNTY-EASTERN/CENTRAL EL PASO COUNTY-
NORTHERN HUDSPETH HIGHLANDS/HUECO MOUNTAINS-SALT BASIN-
SOUTHERN HUDSPETH HIGHLANDS-
RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF EASTERN EL PASO/WESTERN HUDSPETH COUNTIES-
RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF EASTERN HUDSPETH COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GILA HOT SPRINGS...BUCKHORN...
MULE CREEK...CLIFF...SILVER CITY...LAKE ROBERTS...KINGSTON...
FORT BAYARD...MIMBRES...FAYWOOD...HURLEY...GRANT COUNTY AIRPORT...
LORDSBURG...REDROCK...VIRDEN...ANIMAS...HACHITA...
ANTELOPE WELLS...CLOVERDALE...DEMING...COLUMBUS...HILLSBORO...
WINSTON...TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES...DERRY...SPACEPORT...GARFIELD...
HATCH...RADIUM SPRINGS...LAS CRUCES...VADO...SUNLAND PARK...
ALAMOGORDO...TULAROSA...WHITE SANDS MONUMENT...OROGRANDE...
WHITE SANDS RANGE HEADQUARTERS...CHAPARRAL...MESCALERO...
MOUNTAIN PARK...TIMBERON...CLOUDCROFT...SUNSPOT...APACHE SUMMIT...
MAYHILL...SACRAMENTO...PINON...CROW FLATS...DOWNTOWN...
WEST EL PASO...UPPER VALLEY...FORT BLISS...SOCORRO...
EAST AND NORTHEAST EL PASO...HUECO TANKS...LOMA LINDA...
DELL CITY...CORNUDAS...SALT FLAT...SIERRA BLANCA...FABENS...
TORNILLO...FORT HANCOCK
550 AM MDT FRI JUL 26 2013

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF NM AND TX...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
  NM...CENTRAL TULAROSA BASIN...EAST SLOPES SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS
  BELOW 7500 FEET...EASTERN BLACK RANGE FOOTHILLS...LOWLANDS OF
  THE BOOTHEEL...NORTHERN DONA ANA COUNTY...OTERO MESA...
  SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 7500 FEET...SIERRA COUNTY LAKES...
  SOUTHERN DONA ANA COUNTY/MESILLA VALLEY...SOUTHERN GILA
  FOOTHILLS/MIMBRES VALLEY...SOUTHERN GILA HIGHLANDS/BLACK
  RANGE...SOUTHERN TULAROSA BASIN...SOUTHWEST DESERT/LOWER GILA
  RIVER VALLEY...SOUTHWEST DESERT/MIMBRES BASIN...UPLANDS OF THE
  BOOTHEEL...UPPER GILA RIVER VALLEY AND WEST SLOPES SACRAMENTO
  MOUNTAINS BELOW 7500 FEET. IN TX...EASTERN/CENTRAL EL PASO
  COUNTY...NORTHERN HUDSPETH HIGHLANDS/HUECO MOUNTAINS...RIO
  GRANDE VALLEY OF EASTERN EL PASO/WESTERN HUDSPETH COUNTIES...
  RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF EASTERN HUDSPETH COUNTY...SALT BASIN...
  SOUTHERN HUDSPETH HIGHLANDS AND WESTERN EL PASO COUNTY.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS MUCH OF THE AREA HAS RECEIVED
  MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINS. MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS THE REGION HAVE
  SATURATED GROUND CONDITIONS. MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP
  LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THE ATMOSPHERE STILL HAS
  ABUNDANT MOISTURE AND WILL LEAD TO THUNDERSTORMS THAT CAN VERY
  QUICKLY PRODUCE ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN. THIS RAIN FALLING
  ON SATURATED GROUND WOULD QUICKLY LEAD TO EXCESSIVE RUNOFF AND
  FLASH FLOODING.

* IMPACTS MAY INCLUDE: FLOODING OF AREA ROADS...ESPECIALLY LOW
  WATER CROSSINGS AND UNDERPASSES. POSSIBLE FLOODING OF
  RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. ALSO THE WET SOIL WILL
  MAKE TREES MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO TOPPLING IN ANY STRONG WIND
  GUSTS.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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