I've found that people on the West Coast are glad that they don't have to deal with hurricanes, never mind that we have days of warning about them. Earthquakes worry me because they give no warning at all.
So I figure this will give some folks out here a taste of what hurricane weather is like:
GREATER RENO-CARSON CITY-MINDEN AREA-I was thinking of driving to Sacramento tomorrow night. Maybe I'd better not.
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SPARKS...VERDI...GARDNERVILLE
1030 PM PST THU DEC 11 2008A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM FRIDAY TO 7 AM PST SATURDAY.
* WINDS WILL INCREASE FRIDAY EVENING IN THE FOOTHILL AREAS...AND BY LATE EVENING IN THE LOWER VALLEYS.
* STRONG...DAMAGING SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 45 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. LOCALLY STRONGER GUSTS TO 100 MPH (that's a Category 2 hurricane! I even heard one estimate of 140 mph on some peaks!) ARE LIKELY IN WIND PRONE AREAS SUCH AS WASHOE VALLEY AND THE HIGHER FOOTHILLS WEST OF RENO AND CARSON CITY.
* TRAVELERS WILL BE IMPACTED BY INTENSE CROSSWINDS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80...HIGHWAY 50 AND HIGHWAY 395.