Weekend storms damage property

Severe storms accompanied by high winds and lightning rocked the Clovis area Sunday night into Monday morning.

A large tree in Mary Faircloth's backyard was pulled up by the roots around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

"It is a great big tree," Faircloth explained. "It hit two sheds and smashed them."

The tree has been cleaned up, but the family is still waiting to get to the sheds to see what, if anything, was damaged.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported wind gusts of 47 mph at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and 1/4 inch of rain.

According to Steve Kersh, chief meteorologist for KVII-TV in Amarillo, the strong winds were associated with a complex of thunderstorms that originated near Clines Corners on Sunday afternoon and made its way through Lubbock Monday morning.

More rain maybe on the way.

"There are more chances of rain this week," Kersh said. "The storms should start setting up Wednesday and will continue into the weekend before going away on Sunday."

"These tend to be heavy rainfall producers," he continued.

Kersh said that while these types of storms rarely produce tornadoes, they can under the right circumstances.

Portales received significantly more rain from Sunday's storm.

Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger reported rainfall amounts from 1/2 inch to 1 and 1/2 inches.

"It was raining so hard that you couldn't see a car-length in front of you," said Wattenberger about his drive around the county when he was checking for damages. "Usually we get (thunderstorms) earlier, but we're getting them kind of late this year. It's been a little bit of wait."

Wattenberger said no damages were reported.

Floyd rancher Danny Griffith said he'd just be happy to see any precipitation at all later this week because he felt he was cheated from Sunday's thunderstorms.

"We got 0.23 inches," said Griffith about what his rain gage measured. "We got just high wind, sand and lightning, but that was pretty much all of it. Normally in June when it rains like that, we start to get 2 to 3 inches of rain. We're hoping for it."

CMI staff writer Christina Calloway contributed to this report.

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