- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Forecasters with the National Weather Service say things are off to an unusual start this month in New Mexico.

There have been multiple rounds of severe weather in the eastern part of the state since the beginning of August. In fact, 61 severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued, which is more than were issued in the last five years combined for the same two-week period.

Forecasters say some parts of eastern New Mexico have experienced anywhere from three to five times the normal rainfall so far this month.

In southern New Mexico, the Las Cruces area is still mopping up after a wet weekend caused flooding, stranded drivers and kept emergency crews busy into Monday. Dona Ana County authorities say more than 400 sandbags were handed out.

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