Cellphones belted high-pitched alerts as the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for most of the Albuquerque metro area Saturday night.
The warning is active until 10:45 p.m.
The notice was sent out to cellphones just before 8 p.m. because the storm has potential to be life-threatening, according to a meteorologist with the NWS in Albuquerque.
“An alert is an advisory for nuisance flooding than might come up over roadways or flood small streams,” said meteorologist Todd Shoemake, “but a warning is for a storm that is a little more life-threatening.”
He said the storm rumbling over the Albuquerque area had already dumped more than 2 inches on neighborhoods in the northeast part of the city.
It is more important now than ever to stay out of arroyos and diversion channels across the city, Shoemake said, because they “can become raging torrents in a matter of minutes.”
The storm was also producing a lot of lightning and penny-sized hail.
The New Mexico United game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. was delayed due to lightning.