- Associated Press - Friday, March 31, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on a spring storm that brought damaging high winds to the Las Vegas area and snow to northeast Nevada (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

A flood warning remains in effect along the Humboldt River in north-central Nevada after a spring storm packing winds up to 70 mph (113 kph) dumped record rain on parts of the state.

The National Weather Service raised the flood forecast from minor to moderate severity on Friday along the river in Imlay where it’s expected to continue to rise above flood stage into next week.

The service also issued a flood advisory through 3:30 p.m. Saturday for southern Lyon County due to increased flows on both the East and West forks of the Walker River.

The .73 inch of rain that fell in Winnemucca on Thursday smashed the old record of .25 set in 1958.

The high winds damaged some farm buildings and snapped nearly a dozen power poles in Humboldt County where thousands of residents were without power for several hours.


9:30 a.m.

Some Las Vegas area casinos are reporting minor damage the morning after a dusty storm swept through the region with howling winds topping 70 mph (113 kph).

An MGM Resorts International official said Friday that a temporary wall at a Monte Carlo hotel-casino food court construction site collapsed about 4 p.m. Thursday.

That was about the time winds peaked at 44 mph (71 kph) at nearby McCarran International Airport, with gusts clocked at 59 mph (95 kph).

Casino spokeswoman Yvette Monet says one person was treated for minor injuries, and it took workers about three hours to clear debris and reopen the food court.

At the Palms Casino Resort, spokeswoman Lori Nelson says windows were damaged in three unoccupied storage rooms in one high-rise tower west of the Las Vegas Strip.


8:35 a.m.

Workers are removing downed trees and restoring electricity after a spring storm whipped winds to more than 70 mph (113 kph), overturned tractor-trailer trucks and dropped power lines onto vehicles near the Las Vegas Strip.

Officials reported no serious injuries after the Thursday storm knocked out power to some 40,000 NV Energy customers in southern Nevada, and several thousand more in scattered areas across the northern part of the state.

The National Weather Service said Friday that windy weather will continue into Saturday in much of southern Nevada, California’s San Bernardino County and northwest Arizona.

Gusts could again reach 50 mph (80 kph) in the deserts, and 65 mph (105 kph) in the mountains.

NV Energy says about 6,000 customers remain without electricity, mostly in Las Vegas.



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