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Major storm rolls through Vegas, knocks out power, downs trees

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Updated: 7/19/2013 11:24 pm
NV Energy reports 33,000 people were left in the dark by this storm that packed winds as strong as 70 miles an hour. Also, some 50 people will not be sleeping in their homes tonight after authorities evacuated an entire apartment complex. News 3's Amber Dixon has more from the apartment complex that was hit hard on Pecos near Washington. The winds that ripped across the valley as this storm system moved through tossed lawn furniture around, and as we saw, knocked down trees and power lines. News 3's Meteorologist Kevin Janison has been tracking the wind speeds and the rainfall totals.

LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun) -- A severe thunderstorm is blowing through the Las Vegas Valley, bringing 70 mph gusts of wind, significant amounts of rain and the possibility of hail.

The Clark County Fire Department is conducting a swift water rescue near Desert Inn and Mojave roads, about 3 miles east of the Strip, Chief Kelly Blackmon said.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood warning for northeast Las Vegas near Nellis Air Force Base. The storm has the potential to pour about an inch of rain, causing flash floods, meteorologist Ryan Metzger said.

Already the area has experienced 70 mph wind gusts and a little rain, Metzger said.

Other areas in the Las Vegas Valley have also been hit by the storm as it moves southwest across the valley.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said there have been numerous electrical calls due down wires downtown and a large tree fell on Maryland Parkway.

This storm hit a 300 unit condo complex at approximatly 7:35 p.m. Residents said trees snapped in half, some uprooted, those that did broke SW GAS lines, tore down wires, broke some poles. No power or gas in complex.

Szymanski said some trees fell onto about 15 units and damaged the building. American Red Cross was enroute to assist 40 to 50 displaced. evacuees.

Desert Pines High School will be evacuation center.

-- Brian Nordli / Las Vegas Sun
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