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April 27, 2010
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125 mph winds rip through Reno, leave outages, mess on I-80

RENO - Winds gusting in excess of 100 mph have downed power lines in northern Nevada, causing power outages for thousands of residents in Reno and wreaking havoc with travel in the Sierra.

The California Highway Patrol closed a stretch of westbound of U.S. Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe Tuesday morning after the 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.

About 2,500 people are without power in the Reno area.

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 just south of town on U.S. Highway 395.

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