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High winds blow down trees, signs


December 16, 2018

Jamie Cushman

Thursday's winds knocked down a tree near the intersection of 21st and Sycamore streets.

Winds exceeded some highway speed limits across the region on Thursday, with gusts as high as 65 mph recorded at Cannon Air Force Base.

"Eastern New Mexico is typically a windy spot across the country but these winds are just shy of hurricane force," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Guyer.

Guyer said the wind was consistently in the 50- to 60-mph range for a good portion of the day on Thursday in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Clovis resident Landon Lunsford said he went out shopping around 11 a.m. and when he returned home 15 minutes later, a tree from the house next door had fallen on the fence separating the two properties.

"Well I pulled up and wasn't paying attention really. I thought 'This looks weird, we don't have a bush there,'" Lunsford said.

Lunsford said this was the worst wind damage his family has seen during its three years living in the home by the corner of 21st and Sycamore. He said he was thankful nobody was injured and the tree didn't land on the house.

Staff at the Long John Silver's/A&W on Mabry Drive in Clovis said the restaurant's sign fell down at some point in the morning due to the wind.

Cook Ruben Sandoval said the business also lost its sign in 2015 during winter storm Goliath.

The Dollar Tree store on Prince Street in Clovis was without the first "E" on its sign thanks to the wind, something Assistant Manager Oscar Rubio said has also happened before.

In Logan, one of the high school's two scoreboards was knocked down, destroying the scoreboard and damaging the track it landed on.

Logan Principal Tommy Thompson said the school will look to have it replaced by next football season.

"It was kind of shocking," Thompson said.


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