ALBUQUERQUE (KQRE) - A severe thunderstorm warning has expired for the metro, Rio Rancho and Los Lunas, after a quick storm pounded through Albuquerque and left thousands of people without power.
A thunderstorm watch has also been canceled although a line of storms continues to move north through New Mexico. The National Weather Service says the storms could continue until 8:15 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the National Weather Service Doppler Radar detected storms with possibly damaging winds at 60 mph. The storms were located from central Albuquerque to Jarales. Heavy rains were reported in the South Valley and Northeast Heights.
Wind gusts at 40 mph were reported in Belen and power lines went down in Los Lunas. Initially, power outages affected thousands of customers.
As of 7:30 p.m. 1,813 customers were without power in the East Mountains and 1,194 were without power in Los Lunas.
As of 7:45 p.m., PNM posted on Facebook that 343 customers in Bosque Farms were without power.
During the storm, the National Weather service cautioned residents to stay indoors and avoid windows.
A severe thunderstorm watch issued for 13 counties for the majority of the day was canceled around 7:20 p.m.
Nickel- and quarter-sized hail was expected in some areas.
An arroyo and small stream flood advisory was also issued until 8:15 p.m. for central and northern New Mexico.
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