Las Vegas thunderstorm brings high water to Strip

LAS VEGAS, NV - Authorities say high winds and severe thunderstorms hit Las Vegas, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding parts of the famed Strip.

The National Weather Service says that a 71-mph wind gust swept through nearby Nellis Air Force Base just after 7 p.m. on Friday. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that multiple buildings in the area were struck by lightning.

Rain fell throughout the Las Vegas Valley and a flash flood warning was in effect for the area until 10 p.m. Clark County fire units responded to several calls of people needing water rescue near the Strip.

NV Energy spokeswoman Kelley Mulroy said there were 15 power outages across the valley as of 8:30 p.m. An estimate of affected customers wasn't immediately available.

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