Trees fall to high winds

Staff report

Dustin Handley spent part of Monday afternoon removing debris from a tree knocked down at his Colonial Parkway home by a powerful windstorm Sunday packing gusts as high as 61 mph.

Handley said he was hanging out inside Sunday afternoon when he heard the tree fall.

Clovis experienced sustained winds of 28 to 37 mph Sunday, with gusts peaking at 61 mph in the early afternoon, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero Gabriel Rios, 28, begins cutting through a fallen tree on Plains Street Monday afternoon after gusts pushed the tree over earlier in the morning.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Gabriel Rios, 28, begins cutting through a fallen tree on Plains Street Monday afternoon after gusts pushed the tree over earlier in the morning.

Monday brought lower wind speeds with sustained winds reaching 35 mph throughout the day and gusts peaking at 56 mph.

Frazier said high winds will persist through today, picking up in the late morning and reaching 25 to 35 mph range in the afternoon.

Winds are expected to diminish after sunset.

“Winds will subside Wednesday and return to a normal 10 to 15 mph as a backdoor cold front moves in,” Frazier said.