New Mexico storms bring flood waters to the South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Storms that developed over northern New Mexico brought heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds to portions of the South Plains early Wednesday morning.

At the storms' peak, gusty winds lofted patches of blowing dust, lightning knocked out power, and heavy rain that flooded intersections across the central South Plains.

Widespread rainfall amounts of .75 in to 2 inches were reported across Lubbock county. The heaviest rain fell across southwestern, and north-central portions of Lubbock. Prior to the torrential rain, a peak wind gust of 43 MPH was recorded at Reese Center, and 36 MPH at KCBD Studios.

While this rainfall was desperately needed, and largely beneficial, it came down too quickly for most drainage infrastructures to handle; leading to widespread street flooding.

Now that ground is moist, any more heavy rainfall over the next few days could easily lead to urban and small stream flooding problems.

The First Alert Forecast team will continue to bring you the latest on this unsettled weather pattern, over the next few days.

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