Bloomfield hit by what's being called a 'gustnado'

Posted at: 09/19/2013 9:01 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When the Soliz family came home yesterday they didn't think they'd find broken windows and golf ball-sized hail.

"Everything was just washed away torn apart trees everywhere," said Lauren Soliz.

But after they saw the video on KOB Eyewitness News 4 they had a better idea of what rolled into the neighborhood. 

“I’ve been here ten years and this is the worst I’ve seen it," she said.

The storm didn't just damage their home, trees were destroyed, and hail dented their car and cracked their neighbor’s windshield.

But was this a tornado? KOB sent pictures of the damage to the National Weather Service.

"What I saw and what we think we saw was a hybrid thing; a ‘gustnado’ that morphed into an EF 0 tornado," Shawn Bennett of the National Weather Service said.

An EF 0 tornado is the lowest classification of a tornado. It produces winds between 60 and 75 miles per hour.

It’s not a huge storm, but definitely a talker.

"It’s trite compared to what's happening in other places, but a little too much for here," Bennett said.

The weather service said they had reports of two other funnel clouds in New Mexico; one in Fort Staton and another in Magdalena.