Major flooding in Las Vegas for the second time

At least two people have died after another round of violent lightning and thunderstorms swamped parts of southern Nevada.

LAS VEGAS — The “busiest” summer monsoon season in a decade turned deadly on Thursday as violent lightning and thunderstorms swamped parts of southern Nevada and a leaking ceiling forced table games at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip to be halted.

The body of a man was found Friday by public works crews and firefighters removing debris from a floodway near the Las Vegas Boulevard resort area, where one person died around midnight despite being pulled from the floodwaters by firefighters, the deputy said Clark County Fire Chief Billy Samuels. The Clark County coroner did not immediately report the identity or cause of death in either case.

Water also flowed through a flood channel near the Linq Hotel and the High Roller observation wheel, and social media posts showed water seeping from the ceiling onto the gaming tables at Planet Hollywood Resort.

No other injuries were reported. Officials at Caesars Entertainment Inc., the owner of both properties, did not immediately respond to news of damage.

The overnight storm was similar to another that swept through Las Vegas two weeks earlier, late July 28.

Clear skies dawned on Friday, but the National Weather Service reported afternoon thunderstorms north and east of the Las Vegas Valley. Heavy downpours, frequent lightning and gusty winds are possible with all storms, it said

A flash flood watch was in effect throughout the day for southern Nevada and neighboring counties: Mohave in northwestern Arizona and San Bernardino in California.

Meteorologist Brian Planz said about 3.2 inches of rain fell overnight in some areas west of the Las Vegas Strip and near the northwestern Arizona town of Kingman.

A gauge in Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains recorded nearly 2.5 inches of rain Thursday, Planz said, and some desert roads in Mohave County prone to flash flooding became impassable because of flowing water.

Social media videos showed water over car hubcaps at some Las Vegas intersections and water entering the doorstep of a bus plowing through flooding.

Winds were not a widespread factor late Thursday, but the weather service recorded a 64 mph gust at North Las Vegas Airport. No damage was reported.

Planz said the official measuring site at Harry Reid International Airport recorded 0.58 inches (1.47 centimeters) of rain, bringing the total to 1.28 inches (3.25 centimeters) during the June 15-30 monsoon season September brought.

“That makes this the wettest monsoon season in a decade,” the weather service said of a tweet chart labeled “Restless 2022 Monsoon.” 3.63 inches (9.2 centimeters) of summer rain fell in the region in 2012, but only a trace in 2020.

The Las Vegas area typically receives about 4.2 inches of rain per year.

Planz said forecasts call for more storms into next week, fueled by warm air and moisture being pulled north from the Gulf of California.

“There’s really no sign of the monsoon easing anytime soon, so we’ll continue to expect isolated showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening,” Planz said. Major flooding in Las Vegas for the second time

Laura Coffey

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