LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued several warnings, one of which caught everyone by surprise, a tornado warning issued in northeast Clark County near Mesquite.
Two tornadoes were spotted outside Las Vegas. One was spotted near Mesquite and the other was seen between Mesquite and St. George, Utah.
The warning ended around 5:15 p.m. but was followed by a thunderstorm warning.
Many people posted what they saw on social media, like Brody Cowing, who lives in St. George, Utah, but could see from afar what was going on.
“I had my camera, and I was shooting to the west because the storm was that way and I looked south and that’s where I saw the funnel for the first time,” said Cowing. “It slowly manifested and got more defined and was crazy to see.”
Drivers on the road, between Las Vegas and Mesquite, said the weather didn’t deter them from driving. Most had no idea a tornado warning was issued.
“It was a little surreal to watch the clouds and the lightning go,” said Sarah Tuft, a Utah resident. “If we had seen the tornado warning, we would have probably panicked because it’s not something that we are used to, so we would have been looking for the nearest place to pull off.”
According to the National Weather Service, the last time there was a tornado warning issued in Clark County was 15 years ago in September of 2007 but the tornado never touched down. Since 1950, there have been 42 tornados reported in Clark, Lincoln, and Mohave counties.
According to the National Weather Service, here are some previous tornadoes recorded in Nevada.
- March 30, 1992 – an EF1 tornado touched down west of Main Street and Bridger Avenue causing $200,000 in damage.
- Sept. 11, 1998 – an EF0 tornado tore off the roof of a Henderson warehouse and destroyed a block wall.
- Sept. 21, 2007 – the tornado was radar detected for an area near Sandy Valley causing a tornado warning to be issued, but no tornado touchdown was confirmed.
- Aug. 4, 2014 – an EF0 tornado touched down briefly in the open desert east of US95 near Nelson’s Landing turnoff.
- May 22, 2019 – an EF0 landspout tornado touched down in an open field in Pahrump. There was no damage.
- Aug. 21, 2022 – Sunday’s funnel clouds have not been rated yet but they will likely be rated zero. One was northwest of Mesquite and the other which is a confirmed tornado was near Littlefield, Arizona near the Nevada border.