First winter storm approaches; NV Energy prepares

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LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (KOLO) - Travelers and highway crews aren't the only ones watching the first winter storm of the season as it approaches.

The folks at NV Energy are also paying attention and making plans.

There's not a lot of concern down in the valleys, but that's not the case higher up.

This storm is bringing snow and wind to the Tahoe Basin and other locations higher up, and that could mean some power lines coming down. That would mean power outages.

"In the higher elevations we're actually staging crews up there where the higher winds and higher accumulations are at," says NV Energy Director of Electric Delivery Chris Hofmann. "We're available 24/7 to respond to power outages and any events that happen."

And, this being the first storm of the season, they want to make sure people know what and what not to do.

"Treat any downed wire like it's a live wire and and call 9-1-1 to report it," he says.

"We also ask customers to create a survival kit, if you will, with blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, maybe water and food, just to be prepared. If you have anyone on life support, have a backup plan in case the power goes out. And know how to disengage your garage door in case the power's out."

This storm is hitting us early with some leaves still on the deciduous trees. Add snow and you've got an added concern for falling branches causing outages.

To report any outage call (775) 834-4444.

And to follow the progress of any outage online, if you have internet, click here..