High winds cause power outages across Valley | RecordCourier.com

High winds cause power outages across Valley

A branch lies on Eighth Street in front of the historic Douglas County Courthouse. High winds are knocking branches down across the Valley.
Kurt Hildebrand |

High winds knocked out power to more than 4,600 Douglas County NV Energy customers on Thursday.

A wind gust of 93 mph was reported southwest of Gardnerville at 8:46 a.m. Thursday. A trained spotter said winds of 70 mph were blowing steadily through the morning.

The company’s website reported 92 separate outages affecting Douglas County at 4 p.m.

Customers at Lake Tahoe were hardest hit in Douglas County earlier in the day, with 2,980 reported without power in Stateline and Zephyr Cove, and another 513 out at Glenbrook.

By 4 p.m. 2,800 Gardnerville customers were without electricity on Thursday.

As of 12:30 p.m., Liberty Utilities reported that they were experiencing numerous outages in South Lake Tahoe related to high winds and, in some cases, trees falling into distribution power lines in both South Lake and North Lake Tahoe.

However, 8,800 Liberty customers in South Lake Tahoe were affected by an outage involving the Meyers Substation which is, in part, fed by NV Energy.

Trees were reported down all over Carson Valley, and the prospect of losing power poles to the wind resulted in the closure of Centerville Lane, Waterloo Lane and Autumn Hills Drive.

A high wind warning is in effect for Western Nevada through 4 a.m. today.

At 9:51 a.m. a wind gauge in central Carson Valley recorded a 66 mph gust. Minden-Tahoe Airport recorded a 54 mph wind gust at 10:15 a.m. A gauge on Kingsbury Grade recorded a 58 mph gust.

A downed power line set a storage shed on fire on Fifth Street in Genoa.

Students who lived on closed streets were taken back to school where parents were able to pick them up.