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Las Vegas has been pounded by heavy rain over the last two days, turning the famous strip into a river

Pockets of heavy rain and thunderstorms swept across the Southwest on Thursday night, prompting flash flood warnings in southern Nevada. The gusty storms knocked out power to many Las Vegas residents

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During the time the storms were moving across the Las Vegas valley, the Harry Reid International Airport recorded wind gusts of 55 miles per hour. The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service reported that a sensor at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, detected a thunderstorm gust of 64 mph. More than 12,000 customers of Nevada Energy were still without power as of Thursday night at 11 p.m. PDT.

According to PowerOutage.US, the number of reported outages in the Las Vegas area decreased steadily throughout the early morning hours on Friday as crews worked to restore electricity.

There’s quite a tempest brewing outside the forecasting building right now. picture: I716vDaaNv on Twitter, tagged with “#VegasWeather” — National Weather Service, Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) Date: August 12, 2022

Thursday saw a rash of flash flood warnings issued for a wide swath of the country, from extreme southeast California to central and northern Arizona and southern Nevada. Storms, according to forecasters, can quickly cause flash flooding in washes, streams, and low water crossings.

After repeated downpours, several rivers and washes in the region, including Moenkopi Wash near Tuba City, Arizona, reached or exceeded their major flood stages. Tuba City is about 73 miles north of Flagstaff, making it one of the most northern points in Arizona.

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AccuWeather predicts that more showers and thunderstorms will develop across the Southwest through the weekend’s end.

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