Rain reported inside Las Vegas casinos amid thunderstorms

Rain reported inside Las Vegas casinos amid thunderstorms

Thunderstorms dumped heavy rain and kicked up high winds across central Nevada on Thursday, flooding the streets and casinos of Las Vegas. Lightning and small hail were also in the stormy mix that hit the popular summer travel destination. More storm activity is expected Friday evening, from 6 to 8 pm, with the chance for thunderstorms continuing into the weekend and next week.

“It’s all part of our monsoon season,” said Andy Gorelow, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas. “This time of year is our best opportunity for thunderstorms. When we get a lot of this heat plus moisture during this time of year, it can produce thunderstorms.”

Flooding in Las Vegas amid monsoon storms on July 28, 2022

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Gorelow said the system formed north of Las Vegas, traveled south and then hit the city “pretty good.”

“We know some casinos had some flood damage, there are trees down and power outages,” he said.

Winds up to 59 mph were recorded at the airport, and there was a 71 mph gust at another site near the airport, the weather service said. As a result of the high winds, Harry Reid International Airport experienced delays. On Friday morning, operations resumed as normal, officials said.

The weather service issued a flood advisory for the Vegas area Thursday afternoon, warning of strong wind gusts up to 40 mph, heavy rain and nuisance flooding.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said it responded to 330 calls from 9 pm through midnight Thursday, most of them related to the storm. Seven people were rescued from swift water. The agency warned motorists not to drive through flooded streets.

Videos posted on social media showed water pouring inside the sportsbetting venue Circa Sportsbook and cascading over big screens. An image on Twitter showed shallow water spread across the casino floor of Planet Hollywood.

Rain reportedly fell-through holes in the ceiling of Caesars Palace, making it rain indoors. “Not sure if it’s raining more inside or outside,” wrote the Twitter user who shared a video.

A video posted by Perez Hilton on Twitter depicted cars driving under an overpass and through a lake of water. “I’m sure glad I got off the highway just before this,” Perez wrote.

Another clip displayed a river of water passing through the LINQ Hotel and Casino parking garage on the Strip.

Not all casinos experienced flooding and those that did were up and running again quickly. Circa cleaned up the water and was open again on Friday, and Caesars said that the properties that experienced “minor flooding” were operating as normal on Friday. “Repairs are already underway and we do not expect them to impact our guest experience,” Caesars Entertainment said in a statement to SFGATE.

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