A tornado touched down in New Mexico town of Dexter on Tuesday night, injuring many and damaging several homes.
According to Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, the twister touched down around 6 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT) Tuesday. Though no fatalities were reported, five people were hospitalized with minor injuries. Around 10 homes were damaged by the tornado and officials were checking to ensure everyone was accounted for.
James Salas of the Dexter Fire Department said, “Right now, we’re just in the initial process of stabilizing structures and checking for any of the victims that we may have.”
The tornado also downed several power lines due to which the entire town was without power. A gas leak was also reported, however, it was repaired. Schools in the town were expected to remain shut Wednesday.
Speaking to CBS/Fox-affiliated television station KRQE, a woman, whose roof was ripped off by the tornado, said, “I went into the kitchen and that’s when I saw a lot of dust and we didn’t have our back door or our porch because that’s what’s back there.”
Chaves County Deputy Chief Charles Yslas said, “I don’t believe we’ve ever had a tornado hit the middle of Dexter and so it’s really surreal for all of us actually…and the amount of damage that it caused in the short amount of time that it was here.”
This is a developing story.