The high winds experienced in the Roswell area Wednesday morning have resulted in fallen trees, blocked roads and some closed city operations.
A large tree that fell on North Richardson Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets led the city to close the area to traffic, according to a statement released by city spokesman Todd Wildermuth. Businesses and residents of the block were informed of the situation, the statement said, and people were asked to avoid the area.
The city landfill and South Park Cemetery have been closed for the day, according to the city statement. The landfill closes any time strong winds are in the area, but the cemetery was closed as a public safety precaution in case the wind caused trees or branches to fall.
In addition, Wildermuth indicated that the Pecos Trails Transit buses are running slower to maintain safety in the wind. Routes affected by blowing dirt could be closed during the day, and bus patrons were advised to call the bus depot, 575-624-6766, to determine if routes were still running.
Across the city, trees and large branches were falling, including at New Mexico Military Institute and at a mobile home park at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Hobbs Street, and there were initial reports by emergency crews of damage to structures and inoperative traffic lights.
According to the National Weather Service, dangerous conditions due to high winds were expected to persist in southeastern New Mexico until about 5 p.m. and in the northern part of the state until about 9 p.m.