TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - Torrance County Sheriff Heath White said that around 3:45 p.m. a car traveling eastbound on I-40 about three miles east of Moriarty at mile marker 199 was struck by lightning.
Seven people were inside the car at the time of the strike. No one was injured.
"It sounded like an explosion, like a bomb went off right on our car," said Lisa Madero, the driver of the vehicle.
Madero was driving five kids and her mother to Roswell when the lightning struck. She said she saw bright lights that moved the entire car then looked in the rear-view mirror and saw another strike. Her car shut off and had to be towed.
She said she's still in shock.
"Right now I still feel like I have electricity in me," she said. "The hairs on my arms are still standing from the whole situation."
Multiple lightning strikes and flooded roads were reported around Moriarty and Torrance County.
Officials warned drivers Wednesday that a large billboard along I-40 west of Moriarty is falling apart due to severe weather in the area.
Drivers were urged to avoid the roads or use extreme caution in their travels.
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