Tornado warnings have been issued for parts of Santa Fe and Torrance counties, according to the Journal’s media partner KOAT 7.
The storm warning area is from eastern Santa Fe and Torrance counties and extends east, encompassing the eastern third of New Mexico, from Clayton to Hobbs, and brings the threat of damaging winds (60 mph) and hail.
Hail one-inch in diameter has already been reported in Chilili, said Annette Mokry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
The tornado warning went into effect at 2:30 p.m. and will last through 10 p.m. tonight.
Shortly after 5 p.m. a tornado was confirmed to have touched down near Encino, according to the NWS’s Twitter page.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Torrance and Santa Fe Counties until 3:15 p.m. Watch live coverage in the link below.
— KOAT.com (@koat7news) May 26, 2023
Confirmed tornado on the ground near Encino! Stay out of the path of this dangerous storm! #nmwx pic.twitter.com/qTgBMd0fIz
— NWS Albuquerque (@NWSAlbuquerque) May 26, 2023