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NVEnergy working to fix power lines damaged by weekend storm

UPDATE AUG. 12: A massive storm blew into the Las Vegas valley on Saturday night, with massive wind gusts causing some extensive damage.

Downed power lines left thousands of people in the dark. Crews are now hard at work cleaning up, in what some are calling our worst monsoon season yet.

"It was coming from all directions," said Carol Green, who lives near Bruce and Fremont streets.

Green saw the devastation caused by the massive wind gusts.

"One power line went down, smashed," Green said. "Then the next power line went down. Another crash, bang, boom. Metal was flying everywhere. It was unbelievable."

Power poles are now cracked, barely staying upright. One in a nearby alley is ripped to shreds with the mires strung out. A nearby shed also blew into the power lines. All of that caused widespread outages.

"We're without power, I have a dog, and he's, I got to keep him wet in the bathtub, and all our food's spoiled, and it's rough," said Las Vegas resident Brenda Moore.

NV Energy crews say Saturday night's storms, coupled with the monsoon weather we have seen lately, are among the worst they have ever seen in the Valley.

"Right now, this is the third major storm we've had in six weeks time," said Kevin Geraghty, Senior Vice President of Operations for NV Energy. "I work with people who have been here their entire lives, and nobody's ever seen this kind of storm activity, these kinds of explosive storms in a six-week period."

At one point this weekend, around 63,000 people were without power. NV Energy says that is likely their largest outage yet. Crews are now working around the clock, either repairing or replacing the damaged power poles.

"We will be continuing to work on outage and restoration for some customers, that could be 24, 48 hours from right now," Geraghty said.

And people, like Green, who live in the affected areas are crossing their fingers for a quick clean up.

"I hope so, I hope so," Green said.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 there were still 8058 customers without power. 

ORIGINAL: The National Weather Service Las Vegas issued dust storm and flash flood warnings for parts of Southern Nevada Saturday night. 

The storm is causing extremely low visibility, flying debris and thousands of outages. 

At last check around 9:00 p.m., NV Energy reported over 50,000 people without power across Southern Nevada. 

For updates, visit their Outage Map---> https://bit.ly/2GGkUCI.

Stay with The 8 News Now weather team for the latest updates through the evening. 


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