Thunderstorm dumps rain in Carson Valley
August 9, 2014
A half-inch of rain fell in Genoa over the course of 30 minutes. The storm started at about 5:45 p.m. and ended by 6:15 p.m.
Lightning struck across Carson Valley, hitting a power pole at Fish Springs Road and Brentwood and started a handful of single-tree fires across the county. Rain helped to douse some of them.
Minden Tahoe Airport reported about a third of an inch of rain.
The hydrologic threat level has increased to 2.
At 6:05 p.m. The National Weather Service reported tracking a cluster of storms from Minden to Cold Springs Valley drifting north at 5 mph.
Lightning, heavy rain with amounts of rain of up to a half inch in 30 minutes and gusty winds of up to 40 mph.
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The storm is expected to affect the area until 7:30 p.m.
Two short power outages accompanied the storm, one around 5:10 p.m. and another at 5:50 p.m. when the lightning hit the Fish Springs pole.
National Weather Service radar shows additional storms heading north through the Valley.
Sandbags are available at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department. There is no report of flooding from Pine Nut Creek.
During the hardest part of the rainstorm over the Pine Nuts, volunteer firefighters manned the stations at Ruhenstroth and Fish Springs.