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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa NM
1159 AM MDT Thu Jun 6 2019


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 6/04/2019 TORNADO EVENT NEAR ALAMOGORDO...


.Overview...
Strong thunderstorms developed within a moderate shear environment
across portions of Otero county NM during the afternoon hours of
June 4, 2019. One such storm, located just west of Alamogordo, was
associated with what appeared to be a substantial 60+ knot rear
inflow jet that descended upon the town of Alamogordo with 60+ mph
winds producing straight line wind damage throughout portions of
the city, including significant tree damage at the local zoo.

A local spin-up, or what would be classified as a gustnado, occurred
at the leading edge of the outflow boundary just north of
Alamogordo in the vicinity of Ruby Lane at roughly 04:50 PM MDT.
At the same time a significant updraft and associated CB was noted
just north of this location. The circulation associated with the
spin-up was quickly absorbed within the updraft vicinity,
resulting in a short lived landspout type tornado.

.2 South of La Luz, NM Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  700 feet
Path Width /maximum/:   200 feet
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             06/04/2019
Start Time:             04:54 PM MDT
Start Location:         2 S La Luz / Otero County / NM
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9431 / -105.9487

End Date:               06/04/2019
End Time:               04:57 PM MDT
End Location:           2 S La Luz / Otero County / NM
End Lat/Lon:            32.9443 / -105.9469

Survey Summary:
The tornado remained confined to a relatively small area of
approximately5 acres along and just south of Ruby lane. This
tornado was short lived, producing damage along its path for only
about 3 minutes. In total 1 mobile home was completely destroyed
with 3 other residences receiving moderate damage due mainly to
flying debris. Several out buildings including sheds and barns
were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged. One out
building was shifted off its foundation and moved approximately
9 feet to the north. A metal silo used for storage was lifted off
its foundation and travelled airborne for approximately 400
feet before striking one of the residential structures. One minor
injury was reported to the resident of the destroyed mobile home.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

NOTE:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

$$

Laney


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