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Thunderstorm Hits Las Vegas Valley

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Flooding seen at Stewart and 11th Street. Flooding seen at Stewart and 11th Street.

LAS VEGAS -- After more than a month of high, dry temperatures, the floodgates have opened.

Just before 7:45 p.m., a severe thunderstorm hit the Las Vegas. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 11:45 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service reported that the storm was capable of producing quarter-size hail and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph.

The Nevada Highway Patrol handled 26 crashed between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Four were crashes that cause injuries, but none were life-threatening.

The Sahara Avenue underpass at the I-15 was closed between 9 and 10:15 p.m. because of flooding.

The heavy rainfall caused water to pour into Gilley's Saloon, a country bar at Treasure Island.

A spokeswoman for Treasure Island described the water as "just a leak on the dance floor.

"After they clean it up, they'll go back to normal," Treasure Island spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said.

The storm was located near the Las Vegas Strip and downtown and was moving southwest 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said no swift water rescues were needed, but the heavy spots that were hit was Pecos Road between Washington and Bonanza.

At Atrium Gardens Condominiums, on Pecos Road, 300 units were damaged, he said. At the condos, he said that trees were uprooted, power lines were damaged and gas lines were ruptured, but that damage is under control.

About 50 residents were evacuated to Desert Pines High School and Clark County School District Police is working with the Red Cross to help the evacuated residents.

Other areas impacted include east Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and UNLV.

Power outages have been reported around the valley, including in the area of Sunset Road and Patrick. A power outage has also been reported near Fremont and Charleston.

LINK: Weather Radar Map

According to NV Energy, there have been 15 small scattered outages in the valley, especially in the east valley. Additional technicians have been called in to repair the outages. 

As of 9:30 p.m., the scattered outages are affecting 33,000 customers.

When the storm first hit, flights departing McCarran International Airport experienced delays of more than an hour because of gate holds and taxi delays caused by the thunderstorm.

As of 10:15 p.m., flights departing and arriving the Las Vegas airport were experiencing delays of 15 minutes or less.

A reporter witnessed lightning strike a tree, causing it to topple over and a viewer sent in a photo of flooding at Stewart Avenue and 11th Street.

8 News NOW will have the latest on this storm.

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