Las Vegas hit with flash floods for second time in two weeks

Las Vegas was hit by flash floods that inundated the city’s streets and casinos for the second time in two weeks, making this year the wettest monsoon season in the arid city in a decade.

According to videos posted on social media, water poured like rivers along the streets and poured through the ceilings of the casinos.

The National Weather Service issued an alert late Thursday warning Las Vegas residents not to attempt to drive through flooding.

Video posted by a Vegas based shows Showers of rain poured onto the poker tables at Planet Hollywood Casino while shocked casino-goers look on.

Another video shows a bus trying to navigate the flooded streets as water gushes in. one more show Water pours down the street by the strip’s High Roller Ferris wheel.

The desert storm — the second in just two weeks — is coming in a city that gets an average of less than 0.4 inches of rainfall in July, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said the storm made 2022 Las Vegas’ wettest monsoon season in a decade.

Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport has already received 1.28 inches of rain during this monsoon season, which lasts from mid-June to late September. That’s more than any year since 2012.

This year there was more than 3.5 inches of rain during the rainy season.

This year’s rainy season may not have ended with Friday’s early morning storm.

“We’re beginning to sound like a broken record here, but thunderstorms are a possibility again today, as are flash flooding,” the Las Vegas National Weather Service said in a tweet on Friday.

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-08-12/roads-turn-into-rivers-as-las-vegas-is-hit-with-second-flash-flood-in-two-weeks Las Vegas hit with flash floods for second time in two weeks

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