Las Vegas suffers severe flooding

Las Vegas has been hit by more torrential flash floods, only a fortnight after hotels and casinos were consumed with floodwater.

The city’s entire Strip suffered major water damage on Thursday night (11 August).

The US National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Las Vegas as well as a  flood advisory until 12:15am on Friday.

According to video footage, affected venues include the iconic Caesar’s Palace, as well as Planet Hollywood. 

The flooding has also caused the city to suffer major power outages as over 17,000 NV Energy customers were left without power, according to reports.

Over a half inch of rain fell in a short period of time, according to the National Weather Service, with 0.58 inches at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport.  That is the wettest day in Las Vegas since March 12, 2020 and brings the summer rainfall total to 1.28 inches so far, making it the wettest monsoon season since 2012, reports the NWS.

In addition to heavy rain, frequent lightning set multiple trees ablaze on the northern side of town, according to spotter reports called into the NWS, as wind gusts reached 64 mph at two different locations around the city.

Flood Watches are in effect for much of southern Nevada, including Las Vegas, northern Arizona and Southern Utah through midnight Saturday morning for excessive runoff due to heavy rains.