HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) - Residents of southeast New Mexico cleaned up damage caused by an extreme thunderstorm Wednesday night.
Walls of hail, dirt and wind moved through the area, leaving a path of destruction. A funnel cloud also was reported on Albuquerque's West Side along with a tall dust devil or gustnado north of Bernalillo.
Wind gusts reached about 60 mph causing brownouts in parts of Hobbs, Artesia and Capulín, but that was just the beginning.
Viewers sent in pictures of massive dust clouds that covered the sky and streets of Artesia.
At one point a carport of a local business in Hobbs was torn from the store front and landed on a person's house and damaged another person's roof.
"It literally ripped the steel and the foundation out, and one of the concrete pieces that was ripped out of the ground fell on the front of the houses," said Hobbs Officer Mike Stone.
The National Weather Service told KRQE News 13 the intense wind gusts also snapped power lines and tore tree limbs in other parts of Hobbs.
Stone said this is one of the more intense storms he's seen.
"I've lived here for almost 15 years and it really appeared that it was more than 60 mph," said Stone.
As if winds weren't bad enough, in the northeast Capulín experienced heavy rain and golf-ball-size hail. Hail covered the roads making it look like snow.
Police say despite all the damage everyone is safe and no on was harmed.
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