Tornado watch for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico

Tornado watch for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico
David Thomas
Weather Talk

POSTED: Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 3:26pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 4:37pm

A tornado watch has been issued for west Texas. This watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

The following counties are being affected.

Andrews, Brewster, Cochran, Crane, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler, Yoakum.

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected across the Trans Pecos southeast New Mexico Plains and the Permian Basin this afternoon and evening.

Some of these storms will be capable of 60 to 75 mph gusts, large hail, heavy rain with flooding or flash flooding and frequent lightning.

An isolated tornado is also possible especially across the northern portions of the Permian Basin.

And the weather coverage continues for New Mexico and the Panhandle region.

Ruidoso had a Tornado warning in Lincoln County which expired at 3:15p.m.

There is plenty of moisture in the area, but the severe storms are concentrated around eastern New Mexico and North and Western Texas.

Before I continue, I want to clarify, that El Paso, TX, is considered far west Texas, therefore, this city is not included in the severe thunderstorm watch.

We will see one more night of unsettled weather in these areas.

The scattered showers and thunderstorms in the area this afternoon will shift eastward, but a complex of storms is expected to plunge southeast out of NM and CO, bringing more storms tonight.

Tonight's activity will bring the risks of heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hail as it moves through late tonight.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 10 am Monday. Much quieter and drier weather will follow by Monday afternoon behind an early day cold front.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 10:00 pm Sunday evening
for eastern New Mexico.

Counties included are:

Chaves, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Lincoln, Mora, Quay, Roosevelt, San Miguel,Torrance, Union.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a

* Severe thunderstorm warning for east central Lincoln County in central New Mexico and central Chaves County in southeast New Mexico until 400 p.m.

* At 3:00 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing half dollar size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.
This storm was located near Arabela or about 37 miles northeast of Ruidoso and moving southeast at 30 mph.

precautionary/preparedness actions:

Severe storms produce damaging winds and large hail. This means move indoors and
avoid windows.

A tornado watch is also in effect, this means tornadoes can develop suddenly
from severe thunderstorms.

Keep up to date with the NWS as this severe storm passes through.

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