SANTA FE – A wind-blown “snow squall” storm triggered emergency cell phone alerts, severely damaged homes, power cuts, downed trees and toppled small planes from Santa Fe, Taos and Los Alamos to other parts of northern New Mexico Wednesday.
In Taos County, emergency shelter was set up at the Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center for families whose homes were damaged by the storm and the county commission passed a state resolution. emergency, county information officer Anissa Arrambide said in a telephone interview.
âWe go door to door to make sure they have a place to stay,â Arrambide said.
At 10 am on Wednesday, “we had 10 badly damaged houses” which were reported to the emergency dispatch. “There could have been more, we are still going into details,” she said. There were no reports of injuries.
Local media reported that at least 13 homes suffered structural damage, while power was cut in some areas and Taos High School closed on Wednesday morning due to persistent high winds. A roof has been ripped off from a house on Millicent Rogers Road in the El Prado area, according to media reports.
“We are asking people to check their neighbors and make sure everything is okay,” county manager Brent Jaramillo said in the same phone interview.
âWe ask the volunteer firefighters in Taos to check their list of the elderly or disabled,â Jaramillo said.
Twelve utility poles were knocked down in the storm that hit Taos around 6 a.m., Arrambide said. “It’s everywhere,” she said of the outages. âIn the northern regions, there is no electricity.
The Kit Carson Electric Cooperative crews struggling to restore power were hampered by the still strong afternoon winds. âThey can’t get in their buckets,â Arrambide said.
Several inches of snow were reported in the Taos area.
Elsewhere, residents of Santa Fe were alerted around 7 a.m. with several weather alerts warning of a “snow squall” as high winds picked up overnight.
Electricity was cut throughout the city of Los Alamos representing 6,000 households or about 12,000 inhabitants. Electricity was still out for around 2,000 customers at noon on Wednesday and is expected to be fully restored later today, Los Alamos town information officials said.
Several small planes were overturned and parked vehicles were damaged at the Santa Fe Regional Airport and a large tree was cut down in front of St. Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe said. city.
There was no widespread damage at the airport, the spokesperson said.
Clean-up crews were busy cutting trees and clearing roads in Los Alamos.
“We didn’t have a lot of damage, just a lot of downed trees,” city spokeswoman Julie Williams-Hill said. âAbout a dozen or more (trees) that actually damaged the power lines. “
Power lines were also damaged at the Pajarito Mountain ski resort, she said.
The Albuquerque National Weather Service issued an urgent wind advisory Wednesday morning calling for wind gusts of up to 45 mph and potentially up to 75 mph in the high mountains until 5 p.m. Wednesday for the metro area. Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the lower Rio Grande and EspaÃ±ola Valleys.
âGusts of wind will blow around unsecured objects. Tree branches can be felled. Expect strong cross winds on roads in the area, âsays the advisory.