Severe thunderstorms developed over parts of eastern New Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Storms quickly became severe, producing large hail, damaging wind gusts, and a few tornadoes.
The National Weather Service reports one tornado made contact with the ground at 12:15 p.m. just south of I-40 near Clines Corners and lifted back up at 12:16 p.m. It also uprooted some trees. Another tornado was reported near Clines Corners while one touched down near Nogal in Lincoln County while the fourth touched down near Ancho, also in Lincoln County.
ENMU Alert: ENMU-Portales. Tornado in the vicinity. Shelter in place. Avoid windows.
— ENMU (@enmu) May 9, 2017
Eastern New Mexico University in Portales sent a shelter-in-place alert for the campus Tuesday evening, saying there is a “tornado in the vicinity.” The alert did not give details about the reported tornado, but it advised students, faculty and staff to avoid windows.
A tornado watch is in effect until 10pm MDT for portions of eastern New Mexico and western Texas.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 9, 2017