Severe storms, tornadoes cause major damage in southeast New Mexico town

New Mexico

One southeastern New Mexico town took the brunt of Tuesday night’s storms. A tornado touched down in Dexter, damaging homes and sending people to the hospital. 

It was a surreal night for many in Dexter. Earlier when it was light out, you could see a line of damage where the tornado plowed through. 

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office says the tornado touched down just before 6:00 p.m. No fatalities have been reported, and so far at least five have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Officials have already done one sweep to make sure everyone is accounted for and plan to do another. They say about 10 homes have been damaged or destroyed. 

As of Wednesday morning, the whole town remains without power with several downed power lines. KRQE News 13 talked to one woman who was inside her home when the tornado tore the roof off. 

“I went into the kitchen and that’s when I saw a lot of dust and we didn’t have our back door or our porch because that’s what’s back there,” Francisca A. Granado said. 

“I don’t believe we’ve ever had a tornado hit the middle of Dexter and so it’s really surreal for all of us actually…and the amount of damage that it caused in the short amount of time that it was here,” Chaves County Deputy Chief Charles Yslas said. 

There was a gas leak in town, but that has since been repaired. Officials are setting up a command post overnight and into Wednesday. 

Highway 2 received a lot of damage so it is closed until further notice.

The Red Cross is on scene helping displaced families, and school has been canceled in Dexter on Wednesday. 

The threat from that line of storms has largely passed at this hour with the storm activity moving into Texas. 

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