Intense wind hits Albuquerque over the weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Strong winds pummeled the Albuquerque Metro area Sunday, giving residents a rough weather start for the month of May.

“It’s blustery,” said Mary Garcia.

“It was windy, very windy, cold. There’s a wind chill factor,” said Daniel Lesch.

Sunday may have been May 1st, but it felt more like February.

“It’s pretty cold, yeah, it’s almost intolerable,” said Alesandra Candelaria.

Wind and rain slammed Albuquerque, with gusts up to 50 miles an hour hitting the metro area.

Garcia said, “We get wind storms, this one has lasted longer than most.”

They were strongest overnight. In the Heights, a 7-Eleven sign was sent tumbling to the ground around 6 a.m. Over at the Chevron near Lomas and Eubank, part of an awning was ripped right off. Over at UNM Hospital, part of a shade canopy was ripped away at the Bill and Barbara Richardson pavilion, prompting crews to tie it to a truck and block off one of the entrances.

It wasn’t the ideal day for the Run for the Zoo downtown, either. But some runners didn’t seem to mind.

Lesch said, “I actually prefer the weather today during a run cause it stays cool and I can keep my pace up a lot better.”

Other people who braved the elements tried to put things in perspective.

Candelaria said, “It’s cold, it’s windy but it’s gonna be really hot soon, so I’m not gonna complain then, either.”

Still, people are setting their sights on sunnier days ahead.

“I’d rather be fishing or taking a hike,” said Moises Lovato.

“The garden is ready to be planted and it’s a little hard to wait for the end of May, so as soon as this is over we’ll probably get those plants in,” said Garcia.

There were reports of some minor power outages in the Metro, mainly in the morning Sunday. But PNM said they were ready, so they were able to restore power to most people pretty quickly.

While it was a miserable day, the KRQE Weather Team says there is light at the end of the tunnel. There will be a slight improvement, with warmer temperatures, for Monday, although a few showers are possible.

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