LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 54 mph gust was recorded at Harry Reid International Airport, and gusts reached 50 mph at Red Rock National Conservation Area and Mountain Springs on Monday.

High winds are continuing after a dust storm warning expired at 4:15 in the Las Vegas valley.

Dust storm warnings that started early Monday afternoon in east San Bernardino County and Primm have moved eastward, and are now in effect in west central Mohave County in Arizona. At 4:47 p.m. Arizona time, a dust channel was 14 miles northwest of Dolan Springs, near White Hills, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Winds kicked up dust in Las Vegas all afternoon, reducing visibility.

Photo taken from a plane over Henderson looking SE over the remote area of Boulder City south of the townsite. (Photo: Dhaval Patel)

The National Weather Service advised motorists to avoid dust storms. “Dust storms lead to dangerous driving conditions with visibility reduced to near zero. If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake.”

Earlier reports showed the storms moving across the desert as they approached Las Vegas.

“At 222 PM PDT, a dust channel was originating from Sandy Valley and moving northeast toward the Las Vegas Valley, moving northeast at 55 mph,” according to the National Weather Service. “Locations impacted include… Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Blue Diamond, GoodSprings and Sandy Valley.”

NV Energy reported that over 4,500 customers were without power Monday afternoon.

Las Vegas Strip (Photo: KLAS)

A camera on I-15 at the California border shows winds whipping up dust. The National Weather Service reports less than a quarter-mile visibility with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

(National Weather Service)

A high wind warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.

An aviation weather warning kicked in at 2:23 p.m., and will remain in effect until 6:15 p.m. No delays have been reported at Harry Reid International Airport.

Sustained winds at Nellis Air Force Base are at 30 mph, with gusts to near 40 mph.

Gusts reported around the valley so far:

  • 51 mph Mountain Springs
  • 47 mph Nellis AFB
  • 40 mph Southern Highlands
  • 54 mph Harry Reid International Airport
  • 53 mph Henderson Executive Airport – St. Rose Pkwy.
  • 50 mph Red Rock National Conservation Area
  • 51 mph North Las Vegas Airport

Sustained between 30 and 40 mph can also bring damage by pulling down tree limbs, shallow-rooted trees, unsecured signs and awnings.

Pedestrian safety is also an issue today as people walking might not be paying as close attention to traffic as they are fighting dust in their eyes.

Due to the high winds, The Neon Museum announced that it will be closed Monday night, and that all ticket holders will be contacted directly.

Also on Monday, U.S. 93 in Arizona between I-40 and Phoenix is closed, according to a tweet from the RTC of Southern Nevada. A major crash on U.S. 93 is reported, although it is unclear at this time if wind was a factor. At least one death is reported in the crash, which involved two commercial vehicles and a pickup truck.