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A massive tornado touched down near Enochs Monday night, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills.

In addition, torrential rain, straight line winds and hail caused warnings to be issued throughout the area.

Wills and his team were driving in the area, looking for people in need of help.

 “You can see some really cool tornado action from the videos,” Wills said.

Video from the sheriff’s office shows State Highway 214 under water in several places and small hail striking the vehicle’s windshield as the wedge-shaped tornado rotates above.

Wills said he had received no reports of damage or anyone hurt from the tornado, although straight-line winds caused part of a roof to be blown off an old structure near Needmore.

Around 9:30 p.m. the storm moved to Muleshoe, and torrential rain followed.

“We rescued several stranded motorists on State Highway 214 and FM 1760,” Wills said.

The highways were closed, and Wills had not heard any reports of them re-opening as of Tuesday morning. Lamb County FM 303 north of Sudan had also been closed due to flooding.

Though different hailstorms were reported throughout the night, Wills said he had not observed any large hail Monday night.

An 80 percent chance of rain was forecast for Tuesday night.

“If it does rain, we’re going to be in for a lot of risk from high water events,” Wills said. “Dry as it’s been, I’m not going to complain about any bit of this rain. Let it come.”

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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