Cleanup begins after 14 tornadoes strike NM

ENCINISO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Weather Service has confirmed 14 tornadoes touched down in New Mexico in just three days.

One in Lincoln County tore through two homes and damaged many more.

Wild weather passing through New Mexico this weekend uprooted trees, flattened homes and knocked down basketball goals.

The small Village of Encinoso, located about 10 miles north of Capitan, was one of the places hit hardest.

“The bombardment of this huge hail and the windows crashing,” Yvonne Quinoes said.

Two homes were destroyed and five others were seriously damaged.

Minnie Silva’s family has lived in the community since the early 1900’s.

“When I was a little girl there were tornadoes that came around, but they always they never touched,” Silva said. “They always maybe knock a tree down, but they’d always just go on and this one didn’t.”

Sunday’s twister demolished Silva’s parents’ home.

They passed away just last year.

“I have a knot in my stomach and it hasn’t gone away.” Silva said.

Eddie Sedillo also grew up in Enciniso. He and his wife took shelter in their bathroom when the storm hit.

“I thought that was going to be it. We were scared,” Sedillo said.

No one was injured, but much of the village is destroyed.

Residents are managing to make the best out of a terrible situation.

Emergency crews were on site all day Monday helping homeowners clean up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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