A powerful low pressure system digging into the Four Corners on Thursday brought crippling winds to Las Vegas, NV. McCarran Airport saw long delays, as the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a hold on flights for nearly an hour.
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) March 31, 2017
Power lines and trees crumbled under the force of the winds. At its peak, more than 40,000 customers were without power.
Some other peak wind gusts from the Las Vegas area:
Red Mountain 95 mph
Mesquite 94 mph
Elgin 85 mph
215 & Desert Inn 84 mph
Independence 84 mph
Red Rock Canyon 82 mph
At one point, a dust storm warning was issued due to flying dust and debris. Parts of Interstate 40 were shut down due to limited visibility. Interstate 15 northbound was closed temporarily after a rollover accident. A total of four semis toppled due to winds.
Dust storm earlier today near the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Windy conditions continue into the evening. Please use caution! pic.twitter.com/QPZ06mjIC8
— Death Valley NP (@DeathValleyNPS) March 31, 2017
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) March 30, 2017
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos