According to videos captured by shocked onlookers, Las Vegas was deluged by “heavy downpours” on Thursday night as the city’s famous Strip flooded and water cascaded down.
The normally dry city in the country’s driest state advised residents to watch out for strong gusts of wind, lightning and heavy rain around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Over the next three hours, seven people were rescued from “rapid water” across the city. according to the city fire department. No deaths from the floods were reported.
Dramatic video shows rain pouring from lamps and vents on slot machines at famed Caesar’s Palace casino. Planet Hollywood Casino also picked up water from its ceiling while more rainfall poured into Circa Resort & Casino through a digital screen. according to social media videos.
In another shot, a holidaymaker watched in stunned as the water flowed like a river through the Linq Hotel’s parking lot, preventing him from reaching a public transport stop.
“This is urban flooding in Las Vegas,” says the man in the video.
The massive flooding, accompanied by wind gusts of about 70 miles per hour, resulted in 22 car crashes, 15 outdoor fires and one house fire, according to the fire department. Numerous trees were downed during the storm. The department responded to the incidents from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Harry Reid International Airport in the city was hit by 0.32 inches of rain. More than a dozen flights were delayed as the storm hit Las Vegas.
The National Weather Service for Las Vegas warned residents to “stay vigilant” again on Friday as more storms were expected to batter the city in the afternoon and evening.
The unprecedented desert storm is coming to a city that typically catches just under 0.4 inches of rainfall in the average month of July, according to the National Weather Service. The arid desert city averages just 4 inches of rain a year.
Parts of the city saw more than an inch in just three hours Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The storms, which began Wednesday and will continue through Friday night, come during the southwest monsoon season. The season runs from June to September, and some areas receive most of their rainfall for the year during this time.
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