Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night.

Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported by about 10:30 p.m. He had received no other reports at the time.

Also, lightning caused scattered small power outages from eastern New Mexico into the central Texas Panhandle, Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said.

Reeves said he had received reports of numerous outages, mostly typical lightning-related problems such as fused lines or transformers. Ten to 12 people might be affected in one location, and such problems usually take 30 to 45 minutes to correct once workers arrive on site, he said.

Reeves did not have specific numbers of outages or estimates of how long it would take to restore power.

Jones said today’s forecast for the Clovis/Portales area was mostly cloudy and breezy, with scattered showers in the morning and isolated showers in the afternoon. The forecast predicted southwest winds at 20 mph in the morning, switching to northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 mph in the afternoon.

Portales was forecasted to have a high of 61 degrees, while Clovis’ forecast predicted a high of 57 degrees, Jones said.