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Saturday
Jul202013

Severe Storms Cause Flooding in Las Vegas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Severe thunderstorms hit Las Vegas Friday evening causing flash flooding near the Strip.

Nevada Energy tweeted overnight that crews were working to restore power to about 33,000 customers.

Storms hit the northeast side of Las Vegas, pounding the area with rain and strong gusts of wind in the early evening. A 71 mph gust was recorded at Nellis Air Force Base.

Some areas experienced more than 2 feet of water. National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Lericos, said roads were the worst affected by the storm.

“The widespread nature of the precipitation as the storm came across really caused a lot of inundation of a lot of the drainages around town and that cause a lot of headaches at intersections and road crossings,” Lericos said.

According to Lericos, at least two water rescues took place in the Las Vegas metro area due to rapidly rising water.

Thankfully, the floodwaters are receding.

“We'll start to see a lot of the waters recede as all of it works its way out of the valley and into Lake Mead but we still may see some ponding of water in areas,” Lericos said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan092012

Flash Floods Wreak Havoc on Houston

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Strong winds and flash floods plagued southeast Texas Monday after an unusually dry winter, with rainfall exceeding the monthly average in a few hours.

City roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents were without electricity after strong thunderstorms hit the area.

The torrential downpour came as a shock to many Texans, after 2011 finished as the driest year on record for that area, according to the National Weather Service.

Houston endured a total of 4.05 inches of rain by 4 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The monthly rainfall average for that area is 3.79 inches.

A funnel cloud was sighted southwest of Houston and roads flooded across downtown Houston. Flooding shut down exit ramps and lanes on several major highways, wreaking havoc on the Houston area.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug202011

At Least 4 Dead in Extreme Weather

Hemera Technologies/Ablestock.com(PITTSBURGH) -- One person died in Wisconsin as violent storms swept east across the country Friday.

At least three people were killed in Pittsburgh in flash floods, with one more missing and presumed dead.

Rescue crews used inflatable boats to reach motorists stranded by floodwaters.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the Washington, D.C. area. Rain is expected to continue on Saturday in the northeast.

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