Strong wind gusts wreak havoc in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS - Downed power lines, multiple power outages, delayed flights, and uprooted trees are just some of the problems being caused around the Las Vegas valley by high winds. 

PHOTOS: Wicked winds uproot trees, down power lines and destroy property

The National Weather Service says strong winds of 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected Thursday afternoon, with gusty conditions continuing through Friday, especially in northwest Las Vegas.

The high winds are causing flight delays at McCarran International Airport and scattered power outages across the Las Vegas valley. Trees have been uprooted in some neighborhoods, at least three semi trucks have rolled over, and their are downed power lines.

Officials predict dangerous travel conditions with strong crosswinds and blowing dust in desert areas in Southern Nevada, California's San Bernardino County, and northwest Arizona.

They say winds could damage trees, roofs and unsecured structures.  In one instance, a carport blew onto the roadway at E. Charleston Boulevard near Lamb Boulevard.

The Clark County Department of Air Quality in Las Vegas issued a dust advisory through Friday morning.

It says construction sites should limit blowing dust, and sensitive people including children with asthma or bronchitis, the elderly, and people with lung or heart disease may want to stay indoors.
 


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