weather icon Clear

Winds kick up dirt as storm powers through Pahrump

As dust clouded the Pahrump area skies, the National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for residents throughout Southern Nevada until 9 . this evening.

The warning also covered parts of Esmeralda and central Nye counties, including Beatty, Goldfield, Silver Peak and Dyer where residents could see significant wind conditions.

Additionally, a dust storm warning was issued Thursday afternoon where visibility was extremely limited during the afternoon hours.

Crews from Valley Electric Association were scrambling on Thursday to address wind-related power outages throughout the day, as power outages were reported in Pahrump, Amargosa Valley, Beatty and Fish Lake Valley.

The utility issued a news release stating more than 2,000 customers experienced momentary power “blinks,” or brief power interruptions designed to prevent longer power outages.

Roughly 120 members experienced outages lasting longer than a few minutes in Pahrump.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph were recorded in Nye County, where officials said all of the outages were wind-related.

Outage at school

A brief power outage disrupted studies at Manse Elementary School on Thursday morning.

The incident was the result of a malfunctioning electrical transformer, which caused a tree and grounds cover fire just before 9 a.m.

Nye County School District Superintendent Dale Norton released a statement on social media to explain the situation.

“As a precautionary measure, both the Nye County Sheriff’s Office and the fire department were informed and dispatched to the school,” Norton said. “Valley Electric Association responded. The school principal, an associate superintendent and a transportation supervisor were all notified and responded.”

Norton noted that power was eventually restored on campus roughly 20 minutes later.

“Everyone’s commitment to the health and safety of people and property is obviously in the forefront,” he said.

“The issue has been resolved, everyone is safe and power has been restored. I’d like to thank the Nye County School District staff, Manse Elementary staff, Valley Electric Association, along with the sheriff’s office and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue for the immediate response to the situation at Manse Elementary School this morning,” Norton said.

The gusts contributed to at least three semi-truck rollovers in the Las Vegas area along Interstate 15 due to the high winds on Thursday.

All lanes were blocked, while motorists traversed the scene by way of the highway’s shoulder.

Weather service officials also reminded residents to secure loose objects on their property.

Temporary structures such as tents and patio furniture should be dismantled to avoid damage.

Individuals with respiratory problems are advised to remain indoors if possible.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
RAM event: Free medical clinic needs your help

Next weekend, Remote Area Medical will be bringing its pop-clinic to the valley for the eighth straight year and members of the local host group committee are urging the public to get involved by donating their time to this life-changing event.

USO Benefit Show set to be the best yet — here’s how to get a ticket

The Nevada Silver Tappers are well-known for their patriotic routines and their generosity to the veteran community and this October, these elements will combine into two nights of fantastic fundraising with the annual USO Benefit Show.

How a Soroptomist scholarship helped a Pahrump mom of 3

Embarking on an educational path as an adult can be challenging and for those acting as head-of-household, it can be all the more difficult.

A Smoky Valley curtain call: Youth theater debuts a Disney classic

Andrew Sweeney played multiple roles as the prince, the beast, Monsieur D’Arque and the baker. “My favorite part of BATB JR was getting to be part of the team and meeting all the other cast members,” he said. “I didn’t feel nervous because we were very prepared for the performance.”

Peek inside this senior-living community’s gardens (GALLERY)

Spring Mountain Apartments, a low-income senior living community in Pahrump, has a brand new community garden to enjoy thanks to a partnership with two of the valley’s major nonprofit organizations, the NyE Communities Coalition and the Master Gardeners with the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension.

1,000-plus cats and dogs spayed/neutered

In just seven months’ time, Tails of Nye County has managed to spay or neuter over 1,000 stray cats and personal pets in the Pahrump area with the help of funding from the Nye County American Rescue Plan Act Grant Program.

Want to seek public office? 2 seats up for appointment on Beatty Town Advisory Board

The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to submit letters of interest to fill two seats on the Beatty Town Advisory Board that are up for reappointment after the end of the year. Letters of interest can be submitted to the Beatty Town Office. What you need to know.

Lakeview Golf Course on the upswing

Lakeview Executive Golf Course will remain under the operation of CourseCo for another five years, following renewal of a management contract with the town of Pahrump. Here’s how the troubled course turned itself around.