Tropical Rainstorm Nora could fuel another round of monsoonal showers and thunderstorms in our area around mid-week.

That’s the word from the National Weather Service El Paso and every television meteorologist and weather forecaster in town. “Could” is the operative word and things might change over the next couple of days, but if the pattern holds, we could see another rainfall event that leads to possible flooding. So, if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding it’s best to prepare for the worst and stock up on sandbags now if needed.

El Paso's monsoon typically means an increase in thunderstorm activity, and while we don't usually get much rain in the desert, often times when we do get it, we get a lot of it at once.

That has been the case a handful of times already this summer when super-intense, record-breaking thunderstorms rolled through the city wreaking havoc on homeowners’ properties, city streets, and every low-lying area it could find.

The most recent deluge in mid-August turned deadly taking the life of a 65–year-old woman and her 2–year-old granddaughter after their living room wall collapsed and trapped the pair under flood waters.

The National Weather Service El Paso is predicting moisture from Nora will “move into the Borderland starting midweek. Currently, the highest rainfall totals look to be west of the Rio Grande River.”

Specifically, western New Mexico, says Newschannel 9’s Robert Bettes.

“On Wednesday, look for additional cloud cover and humidity thanks to additional moisture from Nora,” Bettes posted on Facebook. “We can expect showers and t-showers on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, the threat of heavy rainfall increases, somewhat for El Paso but substantially for western New Mexico.”

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On the upside, if we can through Thursday relatively unscathed the 3-day Labor Day weekend will be sunny with highs in the low 90s.

City of El Paso Free Sandbag Distribution Sites

Stormwater Operations Center - 4801 Fred Wilson Ave.
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Artcraft Booster Station - 7830 Paseo Del Norte (across from West Town Marketplace)
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Blackie Chesher Park - 9292 Escobar Drive
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