A rare thunderstorm struck central Nevada on Thursday, July 28, flooding the streets and casinos of Las Vegas. Lightning and small hail were also in the stormy mix that hit the popular summer travel destination.
Videos shared by users on social media show downtown streets turning into small rivers and water pouring into casinos. Several parking lots and airports were flooded too. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue department said that responded to various storm-related calls and urged people not to drive through flooded roads.
The iconic Caesar’s Palace was also affected by floodwater. The footage showed the ceiling was not able to contain the water, which was pouring onto the carpets. The local authorities has issued flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning for the Las Vegas valley. More storm activity is expected Friday evening, with the chance for thunderstorms continuing into the weekend and next week.
The weather service has asked people living in the area to watch out for heavy downpours, lightning and strong winds.
The severe weather came days after flash floods affected St. Louis, Missouri, and eastern Kentucky.
The channel lists such natural disasters as:
1) Geological emergencies: Earthquake, Volcanic eruption, Mud, Landslide, Avalanche;
2) Hydrological emergencies: Flood, Tsunami, Limnological disaster,
3) Fires: Forest fire, Peat fire;
4) Meteorological emergencies: Tornado, Cyclone, Blizzard, Hail, Drought, Tornado, Hail, Hurricane, Tsunami, Storm, Thunderstorm, Tempest.