Winds cause power outage
February 14, 2014
A tree limb blown into powerlines by strong winds caused a power outage in Carson Valley on Friday morning.
The outage knocked out power to the traffic light at Buckeye and Highway 395, requiring deputies to direct traffic until it was restored.
NV Energy Spokesman Karl Walquist said about 65 customers were affected by the outage in Minden and Gardnerville, including the Carson Valley Inn.
The outage occurred at about 8 a.m. and was over for all but about 10 customers by 8:37 a.m. Remaining customers were restored by 9:30 a.m.
Walquist said the outage was caused by a tree limb brushing up against the power line in the wind. That tripped a breaker at the substation and damaged a piece of equipment that had to be replaced.
An anemometer just south of Genoa Lane recorded wind gusts of 38-40 mph around when the power outage occurred.
Wind is in the forecast through early Sunday morning, with high winds anticipated for Saturday afternoon and evening. Blowing branches and debris could cause further power interruptions.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that's expected to last until early Sunday morning, with winds forecast to be 25-40 mph, gusting to 65 mph. Higher gusts of 80 mph are expected in wind prone areas along Highway 395 and Interstate 580.
Forecasters say the wind will cause damage to trees, power lines and property.
Motorists in high-profile vehicles should stay alert for crosswinds or sudden gusts.
There's a chance of rain late Saturday and early Sunday, with about a fifth of inch anticipated.
Snow is likely at Lake Tahoe, according to the National Weather Service.