Dallas/Fort Worth residents woke up this morning to the soothing sound of rain falling on their roofs and the less pleasant thought of white-knuckle commutes as they faced clogged highways and moody Monday morning drivers.

Forecasts called for rain throughout much of the day as a system that began in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Octave, along with a system from the Eastern Pacific, moved from South Texas in a northeasterly direction, leaving heavy rains and flooding in its wake. Some reports indicated as much as 12 inches of rain in some locations, and forecasters said areas across the Southern Plains could receive 4 inches or more before the storm heads into the Midwest.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radar maps indicated heavy rains into Central Texas from Sunday night through Monday morning with reports of flooding.


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Forecast also noted the chance for flooding in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as the storm moves through the area today.

The Houston area was receiving mid-morning showers Monday, but radar shows the system missing much of South Texas, tracking to the north with significant rainfall in the Laredo area.

The Midland/Odessa and Permian Basin area was showing from a “trace” to two-tenths of an inch, and Eastern New Mexico, the Hobbs area, was showing just a trace of rainfall.

Logan Hawkes, Southwest Farm Press correspondent in South Texas, says rainfall in the Corpus  Christi area has been negligible, but other areas of South and Central Texas have received significant rainfall over the weekend with more likely to come.