Massive storm dumps nearly 2 feet of hail in New Mexico

Massive storm dumps nearly 2 feet of hail in New Mexico
Photo courtesy: Santa Rosa Fire Department

SANTA ROSA, N.M. -- A massive thunderstorm turned a summer day into a winter wonderland in Santa Rosa, New Mexico on Wednesday by dropping more than a foot of hail around town.

The hail, some of which was golf-ball and paint-ball sized, according to a report from the Guadalupe County Communicator, damaged some roofs and skylights as it fell non-stop for 20 minutes.

"I have lived here all my life and I have never seen this," Guadalupe County Manager George Dodge told The Communicator as he drove around the city surveying the damage.

The Communicator reports some of the neon was destroyed at landmark Route 66 diners through the city, and several buildings were flooded when the hail melted after damaging the roof.

There were no reported injuries, according to the paper.

Here is another photo of the damage:

And you can find many more on the Facebook page of the Guadalupe County Communicator.

It's not the first time massive hail storms have struck the Southwest. Check out this storm that left hail waist deep in Laredo, Texas in April, 2012: