ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico braced Wednesday for possible flooding and mudslides as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile moved into the state.
The National Weather Service said severe weather could dump as much as 8 inches of rain in the southern part of the state before the storm system weakens Friday.
Large storm clusters hung over New Mexico on Wednesday, generally moving from the southwest toward the northeast. So far, Socorro and Catron counties have seen around 3 inches of rain in two days, officials said.
Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for up to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions. Heavy rain is expected throughout the week with most severe weather coming Thursday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of Arizona and New Mexico could receive 6 to 9 inches of rain and possible flash flooding.
"Problems are going to happen when we have these embedded thunderstorms," said meteorologist Todd Shoemake said.
Shoemake said those isolated storms, which are part of the larger system, can dump rain very quickly on already saturated soil and trigger floods around the state.