Storm causes severe damage at Elephant Butte Lake
POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 4:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 5:06pm
ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. — A devastating storm producing hurricane force winds tore through Elephant Butte Lake Monday night destroying a dozen trailers along the lake.
The National Weather Service said through their observations and eyewitness accounts, the storm was likely a downburst that produced winds up to 90 miles per hour and hit the area around 8 p.m.
"I've never been through something like that before," said Joseph Carey who was in his RV at the time of the storm.
Carey said the winds were so strong his 50 feet motorhome was rocking back and forth and seemed like it was going to tip over.
He said at one point the wind was so strong it almost sucked him out of his RV when he opened the door.
A trailer parked in front of where he set up was picked up in the air and rolled about 100 feet, according to Carey.
"It flipped over the trailer next to us, flipped over the other ones and it just picked up everything like nothing," said Carey of the wind speeds.
In the morning they found a 50-foot trailer had rolled over onto their jet ski but didn't cause major damage.
Several smaller vehicles were also affected.
"All my windows got shattered inside," said Jesse Allen. "It looks like someone threw a bucket of sand in here."
The Elephant Butte Park Rangers reported no injuries during the storm that lasted anywhere between 15-20 minutes.
Severe weather is expected in the area for Tuesday night.