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Moment flash floods soak Las Vegas casinos again

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Heavy rain hit Las Vegas Thursday night, turning the city’s famous strip of hotels and casinos into a river.

The quick burst of heavy rainfall was enough to flood Las Vegas Boulevard and the famed Las Vegas Strip, stranding tourists and causing popular destinations to flood. The heavy rainfall comes two weeks after ‘monsoon level’ storms left the region drenched.

Videos shared to social media show floodwater rushing into casinos, flooding major roadways and turning parking garages into steady streams.

Footage taken from inside the Planet Hollywood casino shows rain pouring down through the ceiling onto blackjack tables below. Other footage showed another popular casino, Ceasar’s, Palace similarly overrun with massive amounts of floodwater.

‘What a storm!’ The National Weather Service of Las Vegas said in a tweet.

A flood advisory had been issued earlier Thursday, warning of hazardous conditions including heavy rain, nuisance flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning. The weather service also warned residents and tourists to ‘never attempt to drive through flood waters.’

The gusty stormed knocked out power for as many as 17,000 Las Vegas residents, and more storms are expected to inundate the region throughout the weekend, according to forecasters.

‘We’re starting to sound like a broken record here, but thunderstorms are possible yet again (Friday) as well as flash flooding,’ the National Weather Service said.

Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas recorded 0.58 of an inch of rainfall from thunderstorms in just an hour, according to AccuWeather. Surrounding areas saw anywhere from 0.25 and 0.75 of an inch of rain from the storms in the same amount of time.

Thursday was the wettest day recorded at the airport since March 12, 2020. The rain brought the monsoon season’s total rainfall to 1.28 inches. Monsoon season runs from June 15 to September 30.

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