Las Vegas dust storm: 60,000 without power as flights diverted, fires sparked

LAS VEGAS —

A dust storm swept through Las Vegas and southern Nevada on Saturday night, forcing flights to be diverted and sparking fires, flood warnings and power outages in the popular tourist destination.

Legit haven’t seen a dust storm like this since Kandahar. Got the emergency alert minutes before it hit. Neighbour was a few blocks from home when it came in and took this. Nasty. #vegas pic.twitter.com/i8j4WFgvaa

— Dan Wowryk (@DWowzers) August 12, 2018

Here are the latest updates:

Update 1:37 a.m. EDT Aug. 12: According to KLAS, storms have knocked out power to more than 60,000 people in the Las Vegas Valley.

Wind gusts up to 71 mph were reported at Nellis Air Force Base, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The Las Vegas Fire Department confirmed late Saturday that it “responded to numerous calls … of wires down, powerpoles down [and] a few outside fires due to downed wires.” No weather-related injuries have been reported, the department said.

Meanwhile, BBC reporter Dave Lee tweeted late Saturday that Vegas’ McCarran Airport was “closed,” while others posted screen grabs showing numerous diverted flights.

Videos also circulated on social media showing the winds howling through tourist areas and sporting events. Check out some of the posts below:

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