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Posted on: September 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Update on monitoring for possible Storm Area 51 event

Nye County Sheriff's Staging Area in Amargosa Valley (jpeg)

Nye County Department of Emergency Management and the Nye County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing low activity regarding people gathering within the county in support of the possible Storm Area 51 events during the next few days.
Traffic passing through Tonopah seems to be heading east on Highway 6 towards planned events in Rachel and Hiko in neighboring Lincoln County. Nye County has not permitted any festivals or large gatherings.

Traffic levels on U.S. Highway 95 through Amargosa Valley and Beatty continue to be slightly elevated but flowing smoothly through those communities.

The Sheriff’s Office has established operational command in Amargosa Valley near U.S. Highway 95 and State Route 373. A traffic control plan has been implemented closing U.S. 95 northbound and southbound exits to Mercury to unauthorized vehicles.

A mixture of mounted patrols, off-road vehicles, and air support continue to patrol the desert areas surrounding the perimeter of the neighboring Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

Temporary flight restrictions outside NNSS site from Mercury past Amargosa Valley bordering U.S. 95 will continue through 8 p.m. Sunday, September 22nd. The Federal Aviation Administration issued the temporary flight restriction citing "special security reasons."

Temperatures have dropped during the past few days. Temperatures in Amargosa Valley on Thursday are projected to peak at 80 degrees and drop to the low 50s overnight. High Friday should be 79 degrees. Wind will be between 10-to-15 miles overnight into Friday afternoon.

Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office have been in contact with the towns and businesses that could be impacted and has increased patrol coverage in those areas to assure the health and safety of our residents and visitors.
County Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Office has established an Emergency Operations Center and continues to work with its partners at the state and federal level to be prepared for any contingency.

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