LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – NV Energy sent an email to customers on Thursday afternoon, informing them about plans to address an incoming storm.

“High winds are forecast for southern Nevada this weekend,” it stated. It added that customers can expect the following:

  • Strong winds caused by a powerful Pacific storm, increasing Friday and peaking Saturday into early Sunday morning.
  • Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour are expected from Saturday into Sunday morning for the Las Vegas Metro and surrounding areas, including Mt. Charleston.
  • Light snow on Mt. Charleston, up to a few inches possible, with blowing snow/strong winds.

NV Energy said that it will have multiple crews “available and ready to respond quickly and safely to any power outages throughout the weekend.” It added that power outages due to high winds are possible.

Our highest priority during the storm is to ensure public and employee safety.”

NV Energy, February 29 email to customers

The utility company warned that outage times could be longer than usual due to the impact of the event. Additionally, it said that crews may need to access power lines or other NV Energy equipment in backyards or on private property to make emergency repairs.

Field employees and contractors can be identified by badges with their names and employee numbers. NV Energy told customers not to hesitate to ask for ID in the case of any concerns.

It also provided the following list of safety tips:

  • Call 911 if you encounter a downed power line, and do not approach or touch the line.
  • Report outages at or by calling customer service at (775) 834-4444.
  • If someone in your house is on life support, prepare a backup plan. Customers on life support or other life-dependent electrically supported equipment can also enroll in the Green Cross Program.
  • Review safety rules for portable generators if you own one.
  • Learn how to override your electric garage door opener.
  • Create an emergency kit that includes a blanket, flashlight, batteries and first aid supplies. Store these items in a water-tight container.
  • If you are experiencing an outage, keep refrigerators and freezers closed to reduce food spoilage. If unopened and full, food can last for two days.
  • More safety tips are available at

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