- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Another summer storm dumped heavy rain and golf-ball-sized hail along the Sierra’s eastern front on Wednesday, causing power outages and flash flooding that closed streets in Reno and south of Carson City, and triggered a disaster declaration in Douglas County.

Thunderstorms sent water rushing down both sides of the northern Carson Valley about 2 p.m., forcing the closure of Stephanie Way, Johnson Lane and East Valley Road for nearly three hours.

Cars were stranded in running water in the Esaw area of Minden, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Douglas County commissioners said they were assessing damage to homes as they approved a disaster declaration to be sent to the state. Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said the declaration allowed the county to call in addition crews to help clear roads, remove debris and repair any infrastructure damaged in the floods.

More than 2,000 NV Energy customers were without power for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon in the Reno-Sparks area, where hail as large as golf balls was reported.

Hail as large as a quarter was reported at the south end of Lake Tahoe, and as large as a nickel at Minden-Tahoe Airport, the National Weather Service said.

A wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the National Weather Service just before limbs as large as 6 inches in diameter were ripped off a tree near the downtown city bus terminal at 2:42 p.m., the service said.

The storm followed a similar one that caused flight delays and overturned a small plane the day before at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. No one was inside the privately owned Cessna aircraft, which was parked on a ramp on the east side of the site.


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