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Powerful Storms Cause Damage

A powerful windstorm that lashed the Reno-Tahoe area caused major property damage, flight cancellations and scattered power outages. Winds gusting to 82 miles per hour at Reno and as high as 134 miles per hour on the Sierra Nevada crest were recorded. The high winds yesterday toppled billboards, carports, trees and fences and downed many power lines. In Northern California some rivers and streams swollen by two days of record rainfall rose to flood level.

Along the California coast dangerously high surf from a line of Pacific storms is expected to continue through Tuesday.

In San Francisco at mid-day yesterday wind gusts tossed scaffolding from a seven-story building. One passer-by was injured and several cars were damaged. At one point there were 180,000 electricity customers without power in the San Francisco Bay area.