Las Vegas flash flood hits casinos

According to videos filmed by shocked passers-by, Las Vegas was flooded by “heavy downpours” on Thursday night as the city’s iconic strip flooded and water gushed into the casinos.

The normally driest city in the country’s driest state advised residents to beware of strong winds, lightning and heavy rain around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Over the next three hours, seven people were rescued from “fast water” conditions throughout the city. according to the city fire department. No deaths from the floods have been reported.

The dramatic video shows rain pouring from lights and vents onto the slot machines at the famous Caesar’s Palace casino. The Planet Hollywood Casino also received water from the ceiling, while more rain hit the Circa Resort & Casino through the digital screen. according to social media videos.

In another shot, a visiting vacationer stared dumbfounded as water flowed like a river through the parking lot of the Linq Hotel, preventing him from reaching a public transportation stop.

“This is urban flooding in Las Vegas,” the man in the video says.

Severe flooding caused by gusts of about 70 mph led to 22 car accidents, 15 outdoor fires and a house fire, according to the fire department. A lot of trees were downed during the hurricane. The department responded to incidents from 21:00 to 24:00.

Harry Reed International Airport in the city received 0.32 inches of rain. More than a dozen flights faced delays due to the storm that hit Las Vegas.

On Friday, the Las Vegas National Weather Service again warned residents to “be on the lookout” as more storms are expected to hit the city in the afternoon and evening.

An unprecedented desert storm hits a city that usually just under 0.4 inches of precipitation in the average month of July, according to the National Weather Service. The dry desert city averages only 4 inches of rain per year.

More than an inch fell in parts of the city in just a three-hour period on Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms, which began on Wednesday and will continue until Friday evening, come during the rainy season in the southwest. The season lasts from June to September, and in some areas it is during this period that most of the annual precipitation falls.