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Mt. Charleston residents get taste of December in Sept.

Reported by: Marissa Mike
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Updated: 9/11/2012 7:55 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- For a few hours Monday, people on Mount Charleston skipped past summer and got a preview of winter.

Hundreds of homes lost power when a series of storms blew through, bringing floodwaters and then a blanket of hail.

The weather quickly turned from a bright beautiful day to one of ominous clouds and flash floods.

The storm caused quite the headache for business and homeowners with no power and no phones. But those who live in the area say darkened living rooms and a thin white coat on the ground in September is a sobering reminder of what's to come.

A blanket of white on the ground is more a sight for December, but the white slush made an appearance in early September. Fast-moving storms rolled through Mount Charleston with lightning and thunder producing rivers of fast-moving water.

The storms are believed to be responsible for a power outage. Nv energy says the lights and phones were out for 400 customers.

This "Closed No Power" sign at the Mount Charleston Lodge says it all: Mother Nature costing businesses valuable customers.

New Yorkers Stewart and Maryann Librizzi drove from Las Vegas looking for a romantic, cooler getaway, but they went right back down the mountain after seeing the sign.

At Lundy Elementary School, the power outage sent students home early.

People who live here say it was storming for a good 40 minutes. That includes a hail storm. There are still remnants of the hail -- some are as big as fish eggs others as big as marbles.

Firefighters also said they responded to one fire sparked by lightning strikes.

It was located high in the wilderness area so the fire is being monitored. But with the downpour, they didn’t expect it to spread.
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