Area sees powerful storm Sunday

Freedom New Mexico

Severe thunderstorms over northern Quay County developed multiple tornadoes Sunday evening that damaged areas of Union County and Western Texas.

“This type of weather is typical for this time of year,” said Albuquerque National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Guyer.

Guyer said storms developed quickly at 5:45 p.m., north of Nara Visa and quickly moved northeast into Union County.

The national weather service recorded three tornado touchdowns, one southwest of Clayton which moved Northeast towards Felt, Okla.

The second tornado was reported north east of Sudan and moved towards Texline, Texas.

“In the storm near Sudan we received a report of two tornadoes developing in the same storm,” Guyer said. “Usually the storms in this area do not develop multiple tornadoes at the same time.”

The third tornado developed north of Amistad and stayed in open country.

A sharp dry line advanced west out of Texas Sunday evening which combined with an upper level disturbance moving across New Mexico which produced the wide spread severe weather, Guyer said.

The national Weather Service tracked the storms which continued into Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, where additional tornadoes developed.

Guyer said the storms which will develop this time of year in eastern New Mexico are usually not a powerful as the one seen on Sunday.