More than 10 million Americans under flood alert on Saturday

Much of Arizona and New Mexico have been under flood watch since Saturday night, putting more than 10 million Americans on alert.

Several flash flood warnings were issued on Saturday, where incessant rains posed a threat to life. These warnings are generally in western Arizona and El Paso, Texas.

Another 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible in parts of Arizona and New Mexico – mostly by Saturday, although some additional rain will fall on Sunday as well.

PHOTO: A driveway at a home in the Paintbrush Corridor suffers erosion after continuous flooding in Flagstaff, Ariz., August 19, 2022.

A driveway at a home in the Paintbrush Corridor suffers erosion after continuous flooding in Flagstaff, Ariz., August 19, 2022.

Antronic Tavitian/The Republic via USA Today Network

Rain is the only way to stave off extreme drought – but it can quickly become dangerous when you get too much rain. In the case of parts of Texas, extreme drought could lead to extreme rain in the coming days.

Much of Texas is expected to see a rainy day this week, with the bulk of this rain falling from Sunday through Wednesday. In the coming week, anywhere from 1 to 10 inches is possible in parts of Texas.

While it’s unlikely that Dallas will get 10 inches of rain, it’s interesting to note that the city has received only 3.5 inches this summer and only 13 inches this year – making it a 10-inch year-over-year comparison. has been reduced. an average of.

Given the exceptional drought in Texas, more than 25% of the state is under observation for exceptional drought, the most severe drought possible.

Dry ground will act like concrete and will flood if it rains early. However, if the rain takes its time and allows the surface of the perches to gradually become porous again, it will be very beneficial without life-threatening flooding.

The National Hurricane Center gave a 50% chance that a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico will become a designated tropical storm on Saturday. If named, it would be Daniels, the fourth named storm of the season, the first since Colin in early July.

The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico south of Texas on Saturday evening and cause deadly flooding in Mexico.

North of Corpus Christi in southern Texas 1 to 4 inches of precipitation is expected. This can cause problems with flash, urban and small stream flooding.

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