Thunderstorm Floods Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (July 20 ,2013)—Severe thunderstorms and high winds that struck Las Vegas knocked down trees and utility poles and left parts of the Strip flooded.

Gamblers were forced to scatter Friday evening from the casino floor at Caesars Palace because of standing water.

Clark County firefighters responded to several reports about people who needed to be rescued from high water near the Strip.

Some resorts on the Strip and Fremont Street were without power several hours after the fast-moving storm moved through the city at around 7 p.m. Friday.

A 71-mile-per-hour wind gust swept through nearby Nellis Air Force Base, the National Weather Service said.

Some buildings in the area were struck by lightning.

NV Energy spokeswoman Kelley Mulroy said the company was working to restore power after outages that affected 33,000 people across the area.

No injuries were reported.

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