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Severe weather hits Las Vegas Valley on Friday night


Severe weather hits Las Vegas Valley on Friday night

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A severe thunderstorm moved into the Las Vegas shortly after 7 p.m. Friday night.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service at about 7 p.m. as the storms began moving into the Valley from the northeast.

One of the first signs of the storm was a 71 miles per hour wind gust was reported at Nellis Air Force Base at about 7:09 p.m.

Throughout the storm, multiple reports of flooded streets, downed trees and power lines, and damage to houses and apartment buildings were received in the Action News newsroom.

Gilley's at Treasure island on the Las Vegas Strip was one of the buildings that suffered damage during the powerful storm after an overflow pipe burst above the bar and dumped water.

The Mirage also said that they experienced some minor leaking in their guest elevators but the guests were able to use service elevators.

The storm also hit the 300-unit Atrium Garden Condos on Pecos Road near Washington Avenue and Bonanza Road.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, trees were snapped in half and uprooted. The uprooted trees broke some gas lines and falling trees took down power lines.

Some trees also fell onto buildings, damaging about 15 units.

Residents of the complex were evacuated to Desert Pines High School. The American Red Cross will be assisting those that have been displaced.

Standing water was also reported in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace near Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Crab and also inside the casino area.

The National Weather Service reported that there 741 lightning strikes during the storm and NV Energy says that about 33,000 customers in various parts of the Valley lost power.

Temperatures dropped dramatically during the storm. A high temp of 109 degrees was reported earlier in the afternoon and 83 degrees at 10 p.m.

A flash flood watch was issued earlier in the day on Friday for portions of Southern Nevada beginning Saturday afternoon and lasting through Monday evening.

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