‘Gustnados’ create stir

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A gustnado was spotted shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday near the Curry and Roosevelt County line. A gustnado is a small, weak, short-lived tornado that occurs along the leading edge of a thunderstorm. Courtesy photo by Randy Holland. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor At least three side-winding tornado-look-a-likes moved across the plains of eastern […]

Local agencies train for crises

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Emergency personnel from throughout Curry County met Wednesday to plan for a disaster they hope will never happen. In their scenario, a tornado appeared over the skies of southwest Clovis, touching down and destroying half of Plains Regional Medical Center and half of Sandia Elementary. Curry County Emergency […]

Tornados pepper Texas towns

By Darrell Todd Maurina Up to five tornadoes touched down Tuesday evening in the rural area between Friona and Bovina, but no major structural damage was reported. “We had several reports of small tornado touchdowns in Parmer County, one four miles southwest of Friona, and several to the west of Friona and north of Bovina,” […]

Local board plans for catastrophe

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico hasn’t had a tornado fatality since 1974, but severe wind and tornado damage have hit Clovis as recently as the late 1990s. Wednesday morning at Clovis’ city hall, 27 representatives of local law enforcement, government, school, fire, military, communications, utilities, and transportation agencies met to discuss how they would […]

Tornado safety tips

CNJ Staff The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]