ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The National Weather Service has issued flood and flash flood warnings throughout central and northeast New Mexico.
Flash flood warnings have been issued for Mora, San Miguel and Bernalillo counties until 4:30 p.m. and west central Torrance County until 5:30 p.m.
Around 2:15 p.m., Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm that produced about 3 inches of rain in Escabosa in southeast New Mexico has ended. However, other heavy rainstorms are developing. Around 2:30 p.m., heavy rain was detected on the Doppler Radar about 10 miles north of Las Vegas. It is reported that up to 1.5 inches fell within 45 minutes.
A flood warning for central Socorro County has been issued until 8 p.m. The National Weather Service also says heavy rain and thunderstorms may develop Sunday afternoon over the Santa Clara Canyon.
And as of noon Sunday, the Rio Salado, Rio Puerco and Rio Grande were running high due to runoff water from arroyos, creeks and streams.
A flash flood warning was also issued for Otero county in south central New Mexico until 6:15 p.m. Flooding has been reported around Silver Lake and over portions of Highway 244.
Residents are being asked to stay away from the arroyos, creeks and streams which have been running fast and high. The National Weather Service also warns people to not drive over flooded areas, adding that it only takes a few inches of swift water to carry vehicles away.
Burn scars are a main concern during storms because of the increased potential for flash floods.
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