UPDATE: 3:00 P.M. - TXDOT PRESS RELEASE
The much-needed rains are a blessing, but drivers need to remember that wet roads make it a bit more difficult to stop and/or control a vehicle.
While no roads in the 12-county Odessa District are closed, there are reports of flooded roads.
Motorists are asked to not enter any standing water. It is very difficult to judge water depth as well as the speed the water may be moving at. There may also be things submerged in the water that can damage a vehicle or road damage that can't be seen. The advice of experts is simple: Turn around, don't drown.
UPDATE: 1:05 P.M. - PRESS RELEASE FROM CITY OF MIDLAND:
The City of Midland would like to stress to all citizens to be cautious when driving today.
Please make an effort to avoid these streets if possible:
UPDATE: 12:33 P.M. - Midland Police dispatch tell us Midland Drive off Hwy 80 is currently closed off due to rushing water over the road. MPD is also reporting flooding at the overpass of I-20 and Hwy 307. Please avoid these areas if possible.
UPDATE: 11:49 A.M. - Several Flash Flood warnings remain in effect.
UPDATE: 10 A.M. - Flash flood warnings have been issued for Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Pecos and Terrell County. The warning for Glasscock, Howard and Martin County is in effect until 12 p.m. today. The warning for Pecos and Terrell County is in effect until 12:15 p.m. CDT.
UPDATE: 9:06 A.M. - A Flash Flood watch has been issued for the majority of the NewsWest 9 viewing area. The following counties are under the watch: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Loving, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Pecos, Reagan, Scurry, Sterling, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler County.
The watch is in effect through Friday morning.
UPDATE: 8:15 A.M. - Midland College is reporting on their Facebook page that the flood gates at "I" and Wadley are now closed. Garfield Street entrances remain open.
UPDATE: 8:13 A.M. - There are reports of a rollover at Highway 158 and Highway 349. Avoid the area if you can.
UPDATE: 7:42 A.M. - Meteorologist Emily Borchard is reporting that we have already broken the daily rainfall record at Midland International. Today's rainfall record is 1.47", we're already at 1.52" with more on the way.
UPDATE: 7:32 A.M. - Several other counties are under a flash flood warning this morning. Here's a list of the current warned counties.
UPDATE: 7:30 A.M. - A Flash Flood warning is in effect for Midland and Ector County until 10:15 a.m. this morning. National Weather Service Meteorologists detected flash flooding from thunderstorms over the warned area. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches have already been reported in the Midland and Odessa area and radar indicates more storms capable of producing additional half inch to one inch of rainfall are approaching.
UPDATE: 7:15 A.M. - Heavy rainfall is moving across the Permian Basin this morning. Here's what's going on so far this morning: