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Freak storm wrecks Elephant Butte marina

New Mexico, USA
Repairs were under way Monday at an Elephant Butte Lake marina that was hit by a wind storm. No injuries were reported in the storm that hit about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The storm tore the wave breakers — a string of huge tires that protect the marina — loose from their anchors. Docks also separated from the anchors that hold them in place. "The marina received quite a bit of damage. We're just putting the marina back together." The storm lasted a few hours and wasn't accompanied by rain. "I HAVEN'T SEEN WINDS LIKE THIS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. It kind of came straight down the Rio Grande corridor; it wasn't a thunderstorm." At least one boat sank and others were damaged. Weather equipment at the marina recorded wind speeds up to 74 miles per hour before electricity was shut off at the site.

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