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Thunderstorm winds inflict damage near Dexter

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A thunderstorm Thursday night produced winds so fierce they ripped a roof off of a barn at a dairy in Dexter.

Justin Powell, fire chief for Dexter Fire & Rescue, said Friday no one was injured as a result of the heavy winds and nickel-sized hail. However, he said the Rocky Hill Dairy on Ojibawa Road east of U.S. 285 sustained damage when a metal roof was torn from a milking barn and propelled to the other end of the farm.

Powell said the department came across the damage at about 7 p.m. and that some shelters for cows also sustained damage.

An employee with Rocky Hill Dairy said Friday that she had not been to the dairy that morning but confirmed there had been damage to the roof of the milking barn.

Powell said the winds and hail also shattered the windows of a house in Dexter west of U.S. Highway 285, but did not provide a specific address.

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Dave Craft, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said initial reports of wind damage near Dexter came in Thursday at 6:47 p.m. Reports of nickel-size hail were first reported around 7 p.m. He added that wind speeds were not measured because equipment was not placed in Dexter to measure them.

Mark Anderson, manager of Finance and Administration with Central Valley Electric Cooperative, said a lightning strike Thursday night had briefly blown a fuse that knocked out power to about 11 customers. All power had been restored by 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

He added that at least one electric pole was broken by the winds, but that it has since been repaired.

Clay Anderson, also a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the winds are not thought to have been from a tornado.

“At this point at least, we don’t have any information indicating that it was a tornado southwest of Dexter Thursday night,” he said. Instead, the winds are believed to be from a downburst, when powerful winds extend from a thunderstorm and rapidly spread out when they reach the ground.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.