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High winds cause damage at Bently agrowdynamics

by Merrie Leininger

High winds knocked down trees and power poles Monday and caused major damage at Bently Agrowdynamics.

The winds, with gusts up to 35 mph, accompanied about .18 inches of rain and sleet.

However, Agrowdynamics engineer Jim Usher said the damage caused at the Agrowdynamics main office on Stockyard Road was caused by what he described as “a small cyclone.”

Usher said he couldn’t estimate how much repairs will cost, but said many items were damaged.

A 30-by-60 foot sheet metal building was completely blown down and debris from that damaged other buildings.

Two large trees also fell over, as did a center pivot watering system.

“That’s really rare because they are designed to take high winds. The pipe system and the electrical system was damaged a little bit, but it is easily repairable,” Usher said.

– Power outages. Minor outages throughout the Valley were caused by high winds knocking power lines together or blowing debris into transformers.

One power line did arc in the wind Monday, which sparked and crackled impressively, but didn’t cause any fires and only caused a small outage, said East Fork Deputy Fire Chief Terry Taylor.

A wire at the corner of Toler Lane and Lampe Road was arcing and sparking for a sustained period of time, so the Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Department came out to stand by until Sierra Pacific Power Co. responded.

The wind also snapped power poles in the Sheridan Acres area and one on Stockyard Road north of Minden. However, Sierra Pacific spokesman Karl Walquist said the power was quickly restored in those areas by switching service to alternative sources.

The only major outage occurred around noon Monday and affected about 2,000 customers in the Muller Lane and Highway 395 area for about 25 minutes.

Taylor said despite the sleet, there were no car accidents in the Valley.

“The accidents all seem to be happening up on the hill (Lake Tahoe), so I don’t think we had any vehicle accidents down here at all yesterday,” Taylor said.

– Forecast. The hopscotching weather pattern will continue for the rest of the week, said National Weather Service metrologist Roger Lamoni.

“Another storm is coming in Tuesday night and will stay Wednesday. It looks like there will be a chance of snow in the valleys because it will be a lot cooler,” Lamoni said.

Thursday and Friday will be dry before another storm moves in for the weekend.

Lamoni said while the storm will bring highs only in the 40s, it will be weaker, and as a result the Valley will not see the high winds that hit Monday.