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Flooding in Las Vegas Leaves 2 Dead and Damages a Casino: “Wettest Monsoon Season in Ten Years”

This week saw the deadliest week of the “restless” summer monsoon season that has occurred in the last decade.

Severe lightning and thunderstorms flooded parts of southern Nevada, and a leaky ceiling forced table games to be stopped at one casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Billy Samuels stated that the body of a man was discovered on Friday by public works crews and firefighters who were clearing debris from a flood channel near the Las Vegas Boulevard resort area.

The body was found in the same area where a person passed away around midnight despite being pulled by firefighters from floodwaters.

The identities of the deceased or the circumstances surrounding their deaths were not immediately reported by the coroner for Clark County.

Additionally, water flowed through a flood channel in a parking structure close to The Linq hotel and the High Roller observation wheel.

Furthermore, social media posts showed water leaking from the ceiling onto gambling tables at the Planet Hollywood resort.

There were no reports of any further injuries. Caesars Entertainment Inc., the company that owns both of these hotels, did not immediately respond to messages about the damage.

The storm that hit Las Vegas during the overnight hours was comparable to one that hit the city two weeks earlier, on the evening of July 28.

The sky was bright on Friday morning, but the National Weather Service predicted that thunderstorms would develop to the north and east of the Las Vegas Valley by the afternoon.

It was stated that any storms could bring the possibility of intense downpours, frequent lightning, and strong winds.

According to a meteorologist named Brian Planz, locations west of the Las Vegas Strip and close to the city of Kingman in northwest Arizona received approximately 1.25 inches of rain during the overnight hours.

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According to Planz, a rain gauge in the Hualapai Mountains of Arizona recorded about a quarter of an inch of precipitation on Thursday, and several desert roads in Mohave County that are prone to flash flooding became impassable due to the running water.

A video that was shared on social media showed water reaching above the hubcaps of cars in some Las Vegas intersections. The video also showed water washing into the doorway stairs of a bus that was driving through flooding.

Late on Thursday, winds were not having a significant impact in most areas; nevertheless, the National Weather Service recorded a gust of 64 miles per hour at the North Las Vegas Airport. There were no reports of any damage.

According to Planz, the official measuring location at Harry Reid International Airport collected 0.58 inches of precipitation, bringing the total amount of rain that fell during the monsoon season from June 15 to September 30 to 1.28 inches.

The National Weather Service stated through a Tweet chart titled “Restless 2022 Monsoon” that because of this, the current monsoon season is the wettest one in the last ten years. In the summer of 2012, the region had 3.63 inches of rain, while in the summer of 2020, there was barely a trace.

Rainfall of approximately 4.2 inches falls annually on average in the Las Vegas area.

According to Planz, the weather forecasts call for additional storms to continue through the following week. These storms will be fueled by warm air and moisture that is being drawn north from the Gulf of California.

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According to Planz, “there really is no sign that the monsoon is going to let up any time soon, so we are going to continue to see the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.”

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