Severe thunderstorm causes damage throughout the Valley

Krista Hostetler

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Severe thunderstorm causes damage throughout the Valley

CREATED Jul. 20, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A severe thunderstorm brought high winds, heavy rains and lightning to the Las Vegas Valley on Friday.

The storm kept Valley firefighters busy for approximately four hours.

There were no serious injuries reported because of the storm.

As the storm crossed Nellis Air Force Base, winds were clocked at 71 miles per hour just after 7 p.m. The storm was most intense in an area between Eastern Avenue on the west and Nellis Boulevard on the east.

It blew down several trees, wires, utility poles and caused minor street flooding.

Fire officials estimated that 12 buildings received significant damage.

The Fire Alarm Office for Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County received approximately 100 weather-related calls from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Most were wires-poles reported down, downed trees, trees on fire from being hit by lightning, motor vehicle accidents, alarms activated by the storm and 11 swift water rescue calls.

Nearly all of the swift water rescue calls turned out to be disabled motorists in deep water. None of them were life-threatening.

Rain caused minor street flooding mostly on the eastside. In some places, especially around Sahara Avenue and Boulder Highway, people said the water was almost up to their knees on the road.

Most flooding was minor and cleared up within an hour.

Electricity was out in many areas, the largest area along Bonanza Road and Stewart Avenue from Eastern Avenue to Nellis Boulevard.

NV Energy had several crews out working the many calls. Some involved utility poles that were snapped in half, in one area they had four poles down in a row.

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