ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Once again serious storms forming over New Mexico's mountains are drifting southward spreading rain, wind, hail and a threat of flooding.
The National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon issued numerous warnings for severe thunderstorms and flash flooding for storms from Catron County and the Black Range in the southwest to Torrance County and other locations in the northeast.
Forecast winds of 50-60 mph and above and hail the diameter of quarters were common in the warnings.
Shortly before 4 p.m. the New Mexico Department of Transportation reported heavy rain and hail created difficult driving conditions on about 30 miles of Interstate 40 from Clines Corners to near Santa Rosa.
At 3:45 p.m. radar was tracking a severe storm moving south in the Black Range and headed for the burn scar of the 137,000-acre Silver Fire. The storm is expected to increase in intensity, and if it stays on track the town of Kingston, which barely escape the flames two weeks ago, Hillsboro, San Lozenzo and Iron Creek Campground are at risk for flash flooding.
On Monday evening winds estimated at hurricane-force rolled and wrecked camper trailers parked on the beach at Elephant Butte Lake State Park near Truth or Consequences.
Additional warnings are likely during the afternoon and into the evening general favoring central and southern areas, according to the weather service.
KRQE News 13 viewer Angel Ortiz of Las Vegas submitted a photo showing half-dollar-size hail that fell with a passing storm early Tuesday afternoon. The ground looked as if it had snowed, he said.
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