125 mph winds disrupt I-80 travel Sierra Nevada

April 27, 2010 1:46:43 PM PDT
Winds gusting more than 100 mph have left thousands without electricity in Reno and are wreaking havoc on travel throughout the Sierra Nevada.

The California Highway Patrol closed part of westbound Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe early today (Tuesday) after wind flipped a truck on its side and snow began to fall. As much as a foot of snow was expected in the upper elevations by tomorrow.

About five-thousand homes and businesses were without power at midday in Reno, where wind ripped off shingles, blew a school bus' door off its hinges and uprooted hundreds of trees, including a 70-foot-tall pine.

Wind also caused power outages for about 600 people in the Minden-Gardnerville.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport recorded sustained winds up to 63 mph, and more than a dozen flights were canceled. One gust topped 125 mph near the Mount Rose Ski Resort between Reno and Tahoe.