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UPDATE: Power restored to thousands in Reno; truck toppled on US 395

Associated Press

5:40 p.m.

Power has been restored to all but a couple dozen homes in the Reno area after strong gusty winds damaged power lines ahead of a winter storm blowing into Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Nearly 5,000 homes and businesses temporarily lost power and winds gusting up to 40 mph toppled a semi-trailer truck on U.S. Highway 395 north of Reno Wednesday afternoon.

NV Energy reported only 50 customers remained without power Wednesday evening.

UPDATE

5:10 p.m.

Power has been restored to thousands of homes in the Reno area after strong gusty winds damaged power lines ahead of a winter storm blowing into lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

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About 700 homes were still in the dark at about 5 p.m. Wednesday in neighborhoods on the west edge of Reno along U.S. Interstate 80.

But NV Energy reports the lights are back on at more than 4,200 homes and businesses in the Stead area north of Reno that had lost power due to equipment damage at about 3 p.m.

All power also has been restored in the Carson City area.

Winds gusting up to 40 mph (64 kph) in Reno toppled a semi-trailer on U.S. Highway 395 north of Reno, but there have been no reports of injuries.

ORIGINAL POST: Strong winds leave thousands without power in Reno

3:30 p.m.

Strong gusty winds ahead of a winter storm blowing into the Sierra have knocked out power to thousands of homes in the Reno area.

NV Energy reports the hardest hit area is in Stead north of Reno, where about 4,200 customers lost power at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Outages also are affecting about 330 homes in north-central Reno and another 80 in the Carson City area.

Winds have been gusting in excess of 40 mph (64 kph) at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

A much as 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow are possible in the upper elevations of the Sierra late Wednesday and again Thursday afternoon and night.

A winter weather advisory is in effect in the Reno-Sparks and Carson City area until 4 a.m. Thursday, and until 4 a.m. Friday at Lake Tahoe.