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NEWS: Winter Storm Strands Thousands in Reno

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posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 02:51 PM
A winter snowstorm has grounded thousands of holiday travellers in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada since Saturday. The storm which dumped 18 inches of snow in the area not only halted air traffic but severely disrupted motorists creating a ripple effect which is being felt today, the busiest travel day of the year.
Sixty-nine flights at the airport were canceled or delayed during a seven-hour period Saturday after a malfunction in equipment used to guide pilots when visibility is poor, spokesman Brian Kulpin said.

The instrument landing system is maintained and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which fixed the problem after the storm had left up to 6 inches of snow in Reno.

The storm knocked down electrical lines in several Northern California counties and left nearly 11,000 customers without power, including 6,700 in Oakland and Berkeley, and 2,100 in Carmel. Sierra Pacific Power Co. officials reported small, scattered outages affecting hundreds of customers in the Reno-Tahoe area.

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With everyone trying to return home for work or school tomorrow hopefully after a stress free holiday, winter storm woes are unfortunately an unpredictable factor and a major stress contributer for many today. Unfortunately the storm may have been a factor in today's crash of a small plane in Colorado in which three of the six passengers onboard died.

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