A rare thunderstorm hit Las Vegas on Thursday night, triggering flash flood warnings.
Cars were seen powering through flooding near The Strat Hotel in downtown Vegas.
Las Vegas is one of the US’s driest cities and typically only gets 4 inches of rain a year.
A rare thunderstorm hit downtown Las Vegas on Thursday night, triggering flash flood warnings.
Shocking videos circulated on social media, showing water pouring through the roofs of a casino and cars struggling through floodwaters near a downtown landmark.
A video posted to Twitter showed what appeared to be cars traversing flooded roads near the Strat Hotel in downtown Las Vegas with difficulty:
David Charns, a reporter at Las Vegas news outlet 8News Now, posted a clip on Twitter that showed streams of water flowing through a screen at the Circa Resort and Casino:
Another Vegas-based Twitter page uploaded a video of what appeared to be a blacked-out light show canopy, that may have gone out because of the storm:
The storm also prompted the City of Las Vegas to issue a flash flood warning. As many as 7,300 people had their power knocked out because of the storm, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The Clark County regional flood control district’s account also posted a warning on Thursday night.
“Water depths in Las Vegas Wash and Flamingo Wash near Nellis continue to rise,” it wrote on Twitter. “Stay away from flood channels and let them do their jobs tonight. #befloodsafe #wateralwayswins.”
A man in Vegas on vacation said he filmed this video of water streaming through the Linq Hotel’s parking garage:
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