Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

HIGH WIND SPEEDS CAUSE OUTAGES, DAMAGES

EASTERN NM (KSMX) – High wind speeds in the region yesterday is believed to be a large factor in the derailment of a train in between Logan and San Jon on Highway 469. State Senator Pat Woods of Broadview, represents the district where the 26 cars of a Union Pacific train were derailed. Senator Woods says this is a reminder that New Mexico winds can be extremely dangerous and that high wind warnings should be taken seriously. Fortunately, the cars, which plummeted 40 to 50 feet below, were empty of cargo and did not carry any hazardous material. State police investigated the incident, and no injuries were reported. Wind damage didn’t stop there, however, as a number of signs, roofs and fences were damaged in both Clovis and Portales. Classes at Clovis Community College were cancelled, with a number of local businesses closed down due to power outages. Portales City officials noted that phones were down most of the afternoon, and were later restored. Xcel Energy has been working to restore power to much of the area. According to Wes Reeves with Xcel, in total 121,000 customers across Texas and New Mexico system were impacted by the high winds. Of that number, 103,000 experienced sustained outages. As of 10 p.m. yesterday, there were still 53,000 customers in the region without power. 25 additional crews, which is anywhere from 100 to 125 workers, have been called out to assist with the repairs. Wind gusts reached 70 mph in Clovis.

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