Las Vegas casinos flood for second time in about two weeks, videos show
Inside the Caesars hotel and casino, rain fell through the ceiling on the heads of diners in a restaurant.
Meanwhile, water pounded the card tables and flooded the checkered carpet at Planet Hollywood. In parking lots, the water flowed in waves. At one point, more than 17,500 customers were without power, Las Vegas broadcaster KLAS-TV reported.
Caesars Entertainment, which operates Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood, did not immediately respond to a request for an interview.
Shortly after 9 p.m., the Weather Service issued a flood advisory for all of Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, warning that high water could affect low-lying, poorly drained areas. Wind gusts of up to 64 mph have been recorded at North Las Vegas airport and near the Strip, while the weather service has received ‘multiple reports’ of lightning sets trees on fire.
The area is under flood watch from 11 a.m. Friday to midnight Saturday due to the potential for slow-moving thunderstorms that could produce heavy rain and flash flooding, according to the weather service. At least a 20% chance of afternoon and evening storms are forecast through Monday.
The storm delivered Las Vegas 0.58 inches of rain, nearly double its average precipitation for all of August – 0.32 inches.
The city’s rainfall total for this monsoon season, which began June 15, also increased to 1.28 inches — the most in a decade, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall total could increase further before the end of the season on September 30.
The two recent floods were caused by the southwest monsoon, which develops each summer when the prevailing winds shift from west to south, drawing a northerly wave of moisture. This year’s southwest monsoon was particularly intense, helping to alleviate drought conditions in the region, but also causing extensive flooding. Last week, 1,000 people were stranded in California’s Death Valley National Park due to a 1,000-year downpour.
Scientists say that human-caused global warming is intensifying extreme precipitation events. Warmer air accelerates evaporation and makes more water available in the atmosphere for showers. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found evidence that southwest monsoon rainfall has increased since the 1970s.