By Calvin Palmer
Winds gusting at speeds of more than 100 mph have brought down power lines and hampered travel in northern Nevada.
About 5,000 homes and businesses are without power in the Reno area.
The California Highway Patrol closed a stretch of westbound of Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe this morning after the strong wind flipped a truck on its side.
The National Weather Service says winds topped the 125 mph mark at the Mount Rose Ski Resort between Reno and Tahoe.
Sustained winds of 63 mph were recorded at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where several flights have been canceled or delayed.
A gust of 107 mph was recorded at Galena Creek Bridge just south of Reno on U.S. Highway 395.
Weather service meteorologist Dawn Fishler said this morning: “The worst part of it is done. However, we’re still pretty close to the peak, so we’re gusting pretty strong out there.
“This is going to continue at least for a few hours.”