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Thunderstorm and winds slam Midway

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A trailer lays flattened among some damaged outbuildings on a property in Midway Wednesday afternoon, following winds from a strong thunderstorm. The storm produced large hail and heavy winds that battered the area near Midway for a time, resulting in some power outages and damage.  (Alex Ross Photo)

Heavy winds pounded a section of Midway late Wednesday, leading to uprooted trees, power outages and some damage.

The winds came after a thunderstorm hit the Midway area just south of Roswell that included hail at about 4:30 p.m., according to Clay Anderson with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Anderson said that the National Weather Service did not have any information to release on the winds but that there were no signs of a tornado detected in the area.

Ron Fuller, an assistant fire chief with the Midway Fire Department, said Wednesday night that in the area of State Road 2 between Darby and Orchard Park roads, residents experienced uprooted trees and downed power poles. He said the strongest winds lasted about four or five minutes.

“So it wasn’t like a really long-lasting event but it was strong,” Fuller said.

He said that his department did not receive or respond to any calls about injuries or vehicle accidents related to the winds, and does not know of any road closures.

An area east of Midway on Cherokee Road though was without power, after seven or eight poles were sheered off by the brief but violent winds, Fuller said.

Residents in the affected area were not left unaffected by the spat of wind. Kenneth Riley said several outbuildings on his property were struck by the winds. A small camper he owned was reduced to a small pile of debris and a carport was lifted up by the winds and tossed over his trailer house before landing on the other side of it.

Riley said he does not know how much the damage will cost him, but estimated one vehicle on his property had about $1,000 in damage.

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