Las Vegas dust storm uproots trees, knocks down power lines & delays flights (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Roughly 40,000 people in the greater Las Vegas area have been left without power as a massive wind storm damaged power grids, knocked down street poles and trees, and caused major air and traffic disruptions.
High winds are being blamed for multiple scattered power outages affecting some 44,000 NV Energy customers in the Las Vegas area, local media reports.
This was on Eastern & Stewart. #VegasWind#8NNpic.twitter.com/VJIirgSjxD— Endeavor (@ICollectCans) March 31, 2017
Tree down @ Kenyon Place & Pinto Lane. Be careful! High Wind Warning & Dust Advisory in effect. Details https://t.co/Ow5JqvgBfa#vegas#DTLVpic.twitter.com/YJFIUxbvwp— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) March 30, 2017
Images from the gambling capital of the world show power poles damaged in the vicinity of the famed Las Vegas Strip, lined with its world famous casinos. Trees and streetlights have also been uprooted in the storm.
Officials have urged the public to stay indoors until the storm passes. Meanwhile, some people wrote that gusty winds of up to 70 mph overturned furniture in their backyards.
Trees are down at City Hall 😱💨 please use caution if you are outside! Better yet, don't go anywhere. pic.twitter.com/9B1DaOWz2r— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) March 30, 2017
The backyard. #vegaswindpic.twitter.com/YhapN3XAXz— Juli Emily (@JuliannePond) March 30, 2017
The adverse weather is also causing heavy traffic in the area, where the debris is preventing motorists from driving. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has issued a warning to motorists to avoid driving due to low visibility and blowing dust on valley roads.
The Northbound Interstate 15 was forced to shut down for about two hours after large lorries rolled over on the road.
This sign should've listened to the #WeatherAuthority forecast... pic.twitter.com/7nVIivLk6N— John Treanor (@NewsTreanor) March 31, 2017
High winds also caused flight delays at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, forcing the air hub to temporarily place a brief hold on departures.
At least one person suffered a minor injury when a construction wall collapse inside the Monte Carlo Hotel-Casino, Fox 5 News Vegas reported.
A dust storm warning has been issued until 11 pm local time with a wind range up to 70 mph (110km/h).
Official peak wind at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas was 60 mph. Highest gust since 3/6/2012. #vegasweather#nvwx— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) March 31, 2017
Monte Carlo roof collapses inside casino! Crazy windy inside casino now! #vegaswindspic.twitter.com/EouS2hMYmv— Frank Gomez (@franksbest) March 30, 2017