LAS VEGAS – Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds and heavy rain to Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley on Thursday evening, flooding downtown streets, drenching casinos and knocking out power to thousands of customers.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KSNV-TV, parts of the region, which was under a flash flood warning until 10:45 p.m. Thursday, logged an inch or more of rain in a two-hour span. A flood advisory continued through 2:45 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service tweeted.
Witnesses shared videos of water pouring into popular tourist destinations on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, such as Planet Hollywood and Circa Sportsbook, according to KLAS.
Meanwhile, winds downtown were about 40 to 50 mph at 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the Review-Journal. One gust of 71 mph was recorded at Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue, the newspaper reported.
Shortly after 10 p.m., NV Energy said at least 7,200 of its customers had lost power, according to KSNV. Metropolitan police had closed more than a dozen streets or intersections by 11:35 p.m., the Review-Journal reported.
Officials have not said whether the storm caused any injuries, KLAS reported.