High winds knock down trees, power
February 8, 2017
Winds near 80 mph scoured Carson Valley on Thursday, blowing down trees and knocking out power to thousands of Douglas County residents.
Highway 395 south of Gardnerville was closed after a semi truck was blown over at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
Around the same time, NV Energy reported 122 separate power outages affecting 7,570 Douglas County customers. More than 5,800 of those were in Gardnerville and included major stores south of town. Traffic lights along Highway 395 at Buckeye Road and Gilman Avenue were out, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
"Residents should expect power outages and property damage such as downed fences, hazardous down powerlines and downed trees," Douglas County Spokeswoman Melissa Blosser said. "Plan for hazardous travel conditions for high profile vehicles. Consider delaying or rerouting travel around wind prone areas. Strong turbulence and wind shear will impact aviation interests in the region possibly resulting in delays or cancellations."
Winds knocked power poles down along Muller Lane, closing one of the main routes between the center of the Valley and Foothill Road.
The roof of the Sierra Ranchos Car Wash blew into power lines in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Reports included a shed blowing into Highway 395 near the Carson Valley Medical Center. In Ruhenstroth, a fence was all that stood between a 24-foot travel trailer being propelled by the wind and a propane tank.
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Trees blew over onto homes and power lines fell into roadways along Waterloo Lane, Marlette Circle, Arrowhead Drive and a variety of other locations.
Traffic was diverted away from Highway 395 and Buckeye Road because of fears the scaffolding around the Bently Heritage project would fall down.
The Douglas County Community & Senior Center was established as a shelter at 1 p.m. Thursday. County officials said it would be open into the night.
Closed roads across Carson Valley included Marlette and Mottsville, Genoa Lane, Muller and Nye lanes.
Response priorities for county road crews include life safety, preventing damage to homes, maintaining emergency access to property, and providing for safe travel on county roads.