Big Bad Wolf Storm Of 2015 Photos

Staff Reports

GARDNERVILLE, Nev., February 8, 2015 — A strong wind storm in Carson Valley Friday knocked out power to 12,300 NV Energy customers and caused heavy damage across the Valley. Gusts at one point reached 90 mph in Gardnerville.

Power was restored gradually to many affected areas throughout Friday evening and all day Saturday, though roughly 154 customers remained without power as of 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Crews are working to repair 39 separate outages as of Sunday morning.

FallinLoveE-MailTileA pair of fires were caused by downed lines Friday, one on Toler Avenue and one off of Muller Lane, though both were extinguished.

Winds began to subside just before 4 pm Friday, though the high wind advisory remained in effect through 4 am Saturday from the National Weather Service.

In the forecast for Saturday, rain remains likely (70 percent chance) though winds should be milder at 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. We’re looking at a high of 55 this afternoon. Check back for updates.

Update 6:30 a.m., Saturday — Power remains out to 4,626 NV Energy Customers in Douglas County, including 1,806 in Gardnerville and 92 in the Ranchos. 1,510 are without power at Stateline. Crews continue to work to get power restored to all, though an estimated time of restoration has not been set for most of the remainder.

Update 9:00 pm, Friday — Power is still out to 7,493 NV Energy Customers, though it has been restored less than half of the number originally affected. Crews continue to work on the power lines.

Update 5:20 pm — via Douglas County Sheriff’s Office : According to NV Energy’s website, they will be working to restore power to the area as quickly as possible. Estimation of when an effected area will be restored is unknown at this time. Updates can be reviewed at

Road crews are working to remove trees and debris from the road. Caution should be used when driving as traffic signals are completely out or flashing red. Please do not drive around road blocks for your safety and the safety of the crews working to clear the roads from debris and down and low hanging power lines.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue with assistance with Eldorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue have deployed 31 members to assist fire and patrol units with road closures and reports of down lines and trees. Extremely hazardous conditions for everyone working these events.

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Update – 4:45 pm– estimated time of power restoration in some areas in the Valley has been revised to between 5:15 and 8:15. Others are still being evaluated.

Update- 4:33 pm: NV Energy is reporting power could begin to be restored to some Gardnerville and Minden homes between 4:30 and 6 pm. The traffic signals at 395 and Gilman are down

Update 3:45 pm: power is now out to 12,300 County NV Energy customers. Wind seems to be dying down in the Ranchos.

Update 3 pm: Genoa Lane has reopened. 10,933 NV Energy customers are without power. Muller Lane has reopened and the fire has been extinguished there.
The fire on Toler Lane is also in mop up mode.

Update 2 pm: power is now out to 11,000 customers in Douglas County

Update 1:45: via the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Minden, Nevada – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the East Fork Fire District are responding to numerous calls of down power lines and flying debris from this current wind event.

Currently Genoa Lane, Muller Lane and Tolar Road are closed due to fires ignited by down power lines. Please use caution driving and be aware for flying debris and down lines.



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