Las Vegas thunderstorm brings high water to Strip

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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 4:36 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — High winds and severe thunderstorms struck Las Vegas, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding parts of the famed Strip.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/12UXRDS ) reports that gamblers were forced to scatter from the casino floor at Caesars Palace Friday evening because of standing water. Clark County fire units also responded to several calls of people needing water rescue near the Strip.

Some resorts on the Strip and Fremont Street were without power several hours after the fast-moving storm moved through the city at about 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that a 71-mph wind gust swept through nearby Nellis Air Force Base. Multiple buildings in the area were struck by lightning.

NV Energy spokeswoman Kelley Mulroy says the company was working on outages that affected 33,000 people across the area.

No injuries have been reported.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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