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Updated: 9/11/2012 6:21 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An intense thunderstorm is flooding streets and washes and prompting 911 calls for swift-water rescues in the Las Vegas area.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin says rescuers are trying to confirm a report of a person in the water in a wash near Viking Road.

That's northeast of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road.

But Las Vegas officials say firefighters haven't confirmed any reports of people being swept away by water.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 4 p.m. Tuesday in the central Las Vegas area.

Almost an inch of rain was reported at McCarran International Airport just before 2 p.m.

Officials say some motorists are reporting high water in intersections around the Las Vegas area.

Flooding closes Las Vegas courthouse entrance

Officials have closed the main entrance at the downtown Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas due to rainwater flooding.

Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price says building leaks allowed water from a heavy thunderstorm to pool around security scanning equipment Tuesday afternoon inside the courthouse entrance at Lewis Avenue and Third Street.

Price says proceedings weren't interrupted in courtrooms in the 17-story building, and people were being allowed inside for essential business though the south gate at Clark Avenue and Third Street.

Price says cleanup has begun, and full operations are expected to resume by Wednesday morning.

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