Several people had to be rescued from quickly-rising water along the Las Vegas Strip Friday afternoon. This video above shows the high water on the back edge of the Linq Hotel. The National Weather Service reports about a half-inch of rainfall hit the Las Vegas Strip. That may not sound like much but especially in a short amount of time, it can be enough to do some damage.
According to the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal there was one person missing Friday afternoon due to the flash flooding. These were slow-moving thunderstorms that were only chugging along at about 10 miles per hour. The NWS reported a rainfall total of 1.80 inches in 1 hour across Mount Charleston, Nevada just west of Las Vegas.
The heaviest pockets of rain will begin to leave southern Arizona and southern California this weekend. The thunderstorms will still pop up each afternoon, however further to the northeast. Heaviest rain totals are expected across the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier