Torrential rain engulfed Las Vegas on Thursday night as the city’s famous strip inundated and water poured into casinos, according to videos filmed by shocked bystanders.
Officials in the normally arid city in the country’s driest state advised residents to look out for 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 across the city, According to the Las Vegas Fire Department. There were no reports of casualties from the floods.
An interesting video showing rain from the lighting units and ventilation slots on the slot machines of the famous Caesars Palace Casino. Planet Hollywood Casino also had water flowing from its roof, while more water flowed into Circa Resort and Casino through a digital screen, According to social media videos.
In another shot, the vacationer looked stunned as the water ran like a river across the parking lot of the Linq Hotel, preventing him from reaching the public transit station.
“This is an urban flood in Las Vegas,” the man said in the video.
The flash floods, accompanied by winds of up to 70 miles per hour, led to 22 car accidents, 15 outdoor fires and a single house fire, according to the fire department. Many trees fell during the storm. The department responded to accidents from 9 pm to midnight.
At the city’s Harry Reed International Airport, it experienced more than a dozen flight delays.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas warned residents to “stay alert” again Friday as more storms are expected to hit the city in the afternoon and evening.
The powerful desert storm comes in a city that receives less than 0.4 inches of rain on average in July, according to the National Weather Service. Las Vegas averages only 4 inches of precipitation per year.
Parts of the city saw more than an inch in the three-hour period just Thursday evening, according to the Met Office.
The storms, which began Wednesday and will run through Friday night, come during the monsoon season in the southwest.
The season runs from June to September, and some areas receive most of the year’s rainfall in that period.