- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on flooding after thunderstorms swept through the Las Vegas area (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

NV Energy is reporting that almost 4,700 customers were left without electricity after intense thunderstorms brought lightning, wind, hail and flooding to the Las Vegas area.

The utility company posted on its website that it was responding to scattered outages. It didn’t identify locations or say when the power would be restored.

In hard-hit Henderson, city spokeswoman Kim Becker said several vehicles stalled in one flooded intersection a southeast of McCarran International Airport.

Television images showed cars entering the crossroads with water up to their headlights.

Police and firefighters helped get drivers and passengers from some vehicles, while public works crews closed some intersections and roadways due to water and debris.

Traffic officials reported more than one lane of the U.S. 95 freeway was closed due to flooding not far from the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson.


4:45 p.m.

Airline flights to McCarran International Airport were diverted to airports in California and Arizona while intense thunderstorms packing lightning, hail, wind and flooding swept through the Las Vegas area.

Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said 21 incoming flights were diverted before 4 p.m. Thursday to airports in California and Arizona.

Crews says some departures were delayed for more than two hours, while some other arrivals and departures continued during brief lulls in the storm.

She advised passengers to contact airlines about flight status.


4:30 p.m.

Heavy lightning and thunderstorms have brought wind, hail, flooding and injuries in and around Las Vegas, where bustling intersections were swamped and firefighters rescued several people from flood control channels.

Clark County firefighters report that one woman was hospitalized Thursday in critical condition after she and two other people were plucked from a flooded wash near the Hard Rock Casino Hotel.

Firefighters say two other people and their dogs were rescued from another wash near busy Boulder Highway, several miles southeast of the Strip.

The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain fell in the Henderson area, where up to 1½ inch was recorded in less than an hour before 3 p.m.

Red Rock Canyon in the west had more than an inch of rain.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported southwest of the Strip, and quarter-sized hail near McCarran International Airport, where wind gusts were clocked at more than 50 mph.


2:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for a wide area in and around Las Vegas, amid a series of intense rain storms sweeping through the area.

A bulletin issued shortly after noon Thursday warned of heavy rains amounting to nearly 2 inches in some places in the Spring Mountains.

Warnings were then expanded to include the Red Rock Canyon area, and then to the Las Vegas Strip, Henderson, and areas south and east including Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

City and county officials didn’t immediately report damage or injuries.


1:10 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning after intense thunderstorms in mountain and canyon areas near Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas.

A bulletin issued shortly after noon Thursday warned of heavy rains amounting to nearly 2 inches in some places in the Spring Mountains.

It said flash flooding was expected in Kyle and Lee canyons, and said roads including U.S. 95, state highways 157 and 156, and Cold Creek Road.

The warning was expanded to include the Red Rock Canyon area about 25 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

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