Severe Weather impacts New Mexico

Created: 05/23/2014 7:26 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It was yet another active day in New Mexico with numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms became severe, producing up to quarter-size hail and 60 mile per hour wind gusts. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of eastern New Mexico until midnight tonight due to favorable conditions for more severe storms. A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for Lea and Eddy counties until Sunday evening due to locally heavy rainfall expected to produce rapid runoff.

There was even a tornado-warned storm that hit southern Eddy County at 6 this evening. There hasn’t been confirmation of a tornado touching down at this time.

The culprit to all these storms developing in New Mexico is a slow moving upper-level storm that has been spinning in southern California and Arizona since Wednesday. It is expected to creep into New Mexico later this weekend, meaning more storms all the way through Memorial Day.

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