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Holiday to dawn bright and warm

by Merrie Leininger

The forecast is clear and warm for Thanksgiving after the wind storm Monday and before another front moves in this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, today’s weather will be warm with a high of 59 and a low of 30 degrees.

Metrologist Tom Cylke said the temperature will continue to rise into the low 60s Thursday and will be breezy, but winds will rise again Thursday night and by Friday winds could be gusting up to 30 mph.

Monday, winds were recorded to be up to 80 mph in Northern Nevada and up to 130 mph on the higher peaks, Cylke said.

“There was a lot of property damage; ripped up trees and roofs were damaged,” he said.

Cylke said top gusts in the Valley were recorded at the airport at 2:50 p.m. with 61 mph. He said he last storm with winds that topped 61 mph was in December 1995 when winds clocked up to 63 mph.

An instrument called an anemometer is used to measure the wind speed. Cylke said it is made of metal or plastic and consists of three small cups attached to spokes. The wind catches in the cups and spins the anemometer around. The faster the gauge spins, the higher the wind speed.

However, he said the device doesn’t accurately measure how long the gusts last because the momentum keeps it spinning after the wind dies down.

n Wind causes most damage. Cylke said insurance companies dread wind storms the most because they cause the most damage and claims.

“That’s were most of those companies pay out. They don’t like wind at all,” he said.

Gary LaFleur of Carson Valley Allstate said it was too early to tell what the full extent of the damage was, but he said his agency had received 20-25 calls about home damage Monday and Tuesday morning.

“It could change tremendously by tomorrow. The extent of the damage will probably be known by the end of next week,” he said.

Total claims filed with Allstate in Northern Nevada Tuesday morning were about 175.

Insurance agents from other offices out of the area are flying in to help the overloaded agencies, LaFleur said.

Kristie Walker, receptionist at State Farm Insurance in Minden, said she had been answering the phone all morning from homeowners assessing damage from the wind.

“We’ve probably had about 20 people call yesterday and today. One guy’s garage door came down and one guy’s chimney collapsed,” she said.

Karl Walquist, public information officer for Sierra Pacific Power Co. said the downed power lines that caused outages Monday had all been repaired by Tuesday morning.

“We began getting calls about outages about 2 or 3 yesterday afternoon. The main outage was in Muller Lane area. That’s where we had three polls snapped by the wind. About 300 customers were out,”he said.

Fish Springs, Genoa and TRE also experienced outages, and although he said most customers had power restored by 6:30 p.m. Monday, some Sierra Pacific repair crews had to work all night to get the about 50 or 60 remaining customers in Fish Springs back on-line.

Walquist said the unusually strong winds caused the damage by snapping the poles.

“It is an unusual occurrence, but I guess the winds were just incredibly strong yesterday,” he said.

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