Heavy showers and thunderstorms brought flooding rains to portions of the Rio Grande Valley Friday night, threatening area residents and forcing evacuations.
An upper-level disturbance over Texas is responsible for the slow-moving and heavy thunderstorm activity.
Eagle Pass, Texas, and the neighboring Piedras Negras, Mexico, saw a total of 17.05 inches of rain over in a 36 hour period of time, ending at 9 a.m. June 15th.
The massive amount of rain quickly raised the water level of the Rio Grande River Valley from around 3 feet at the Eagle Pass Water Level Gauge, to a raging torrent over 17 feet high, all in less than 24 hours time.
Flash flooding occurred due to the rain for many low-lying areas in the region, especially the Seco Mines neighborhood. Evacuation centers were opened across the region to accommodate displaced area residents.
The next stop for the flood waters will be down river, near Laredo. The waters, however, are not expected to peak around 20 feet there. While this will be moderate flood stage, it is still expected to be too low to impact a large number of residences there. A few showers and thunderstorms across the region may aggravate flooding for the region.
Over the next couple of days, waters are expected to recede thanks to dry weather for the region. The upper-level disturbance overhead today is expected to move northeast, replaced by high pressure.
The rains across the region will at least help to cut into the drought across the region. Much of Texas, especially the Rio Grande River Valley, is in an extreme to exceptional drought.
Thank you for your patience during our recent Comments outage. Comments have returned, including comments on previous stories & blogs before the outage. As before, Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
Germany will endure its longest stretch of cold weather so far this season.
Bitter cold and snow lashed Italy and the Balkan Peninsula during the first half of January, and more inclement weather is expected this week.
Storms will return to the northwestern United States and deliver drenching rain and wintry travel hazards this week.
A long-duration ice storm in the Great Plains and Midwest claimed the life of at least six people.
The Australian Open coincides with the hottest time of the year in Melbourne, Australia, and this year is no exception.
After causing significant icing in the central United States, a storm will move across the Northeast into Tuesday night.
Over 30 people are dead after a Turkish cargo plane crashed in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, on Monday morning, local time.
The same storm system responsible for the ice storm in the central United States will trigger severe and flooding thunderstorms in parts of Texas and Oklahoma to end this weekend.