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Rains Finally Fall in Parched West Texas

By BETSY BLANEY
|  Friday, May 23, 2014  |  Updated 12:25 PM CDT
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Rains Finally Fall in Parched West Texas

The most drought-ravaged part of Texas has received much-needed rain.

Forecasters say Lubbock and Amarillo have had more precipitation in a past day or so than the previous total for the whole year.

None of the rainfall forecast to continue in the Panhandle and South Plains through Monday will bust the area's drought -- in its fourth year in West Texas.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock on Friday recorded 1.56 inches of precipitation. The city had seen just .95 inches of precipitation since the first of the year.

Amarillo's rain on Thursday led to some flooding on Interstate 40 but no injuries reported. Amarillo has recorded nearly 1.50 inches of precipitation since the rain began Thursday. That compared to just .21 inches of precipitation for Amarillo since Jan. 1.
 

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