Wild winds rage up to 82 MPH in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From wild wind in the afternoon to cold air at night, people are feeling the shift in the weather.

It’s kept TLC Plumbing & Utility busy. Each year when people are ready to crank up their heat, TLC says it gets an increase of about 300 calls a day.

This year, TLC says the high volume of calls started rolling in over the weekend, later than what they would normally experience.

“Typically our upticks are around Balloon Fiesta time,” said HVAC Department Manager Oni Miller with TLC.

Most callers have one thing on their minds.

“People with swamp coolers that haven’t switched over, they’re worried about them freezing and getting their heaters up and running”,” Miller said.

Wind gusts on Thursday were powerful enough to knock over a light pole, bring down tree limbs and push cars.

In Albuquerque near Central and 14th, a massive tree limb fell, barely missing a house.

The wind was especially brutal in the canyon area along I-40.

“The wind is horrible up there, it’s a lot of dirt in the air,” Sarah Macbeth of Cedar Crest said. “A lot of tree branches breaking and falling.”

(Courtesy: Gus Coblentz)
St. Michaels Drive in Santa Fe. (Courtesy: Gus Coblentz)

In Santa Fe, a viewer says the winds managed to knock a light pole down on St. Michael’s Drive.

As nasty as the wind is, it means something: cold temperatures are finally upon us. But not everyone loves the idea. People KRQE News 13 spoke with Thursday had mixed feelings about the cold.

“I liked where we were last week in terms of temperature, not too hot, not too cold,” Matt Cherrin said.

“I just want the snow already,” Alma Duran said. “I want to snowboard.”

The first freeze of the season is expected Thursday night and it’s one of the latest first freezes on record.

The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department has also issued a health alert for blowing dust. The alert is in effect Thursday, November 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

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