A Look At Yesterday's Storm, Today's Rain Chance
POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 12:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 10:46am
The Sept. 2009 monster hail storm turned out to be the costliest in El Paso history. According to the National Weather Service, damage was estimated at over $150 million. Below is a photo created by the NWS of the storm hail swath. For more information, check out their posting/review of the storm.
Yesterday turned out to be a storm to remember for the greater El Paso area. Numerous reports of hail damage came out of East El Paso, Horizon, and much of the Lower and Mission Valleys. Fierce storms rolled through the El Paso area after 3 PM on September 16th, prompting Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Flood Warnings from the National Weather Service office here in El Paso (Santa Teresa). Several images are posted here on the Newschannel 9 Weather Blog. Our media partners at the El Paso Times reported hundreds of claim calls came in to at least one auto and home insurance company from El Paso County. These storms were caused by an inbound cold front and a strong upper level Low Pressure system. The front is through and Easterly low level winds continue, with an upper level westerly wind thanks to the Low Pressure system. This twist of the wind at different levels of the atmosphere will aide in the development of a few strong thunderstorms once again. However the main threat will be heavy rains for the Borderland for the rest of today, tonight, and into Friday. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the area, meaning flooding is possible with some of the area storms. Remember to head all weather warnings and avoid flooded arroyos and creeks.