High winds on Thursday grounded airline flights, flipped semitrucks, toppled light poles onto cars and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning until 10 p.m. and a dust advisory until 11 p.m. in the valley Thursday. Officials with the weather service, Clark County Fire Department and NV Energy warned the public to stay inside Thursday.
Some parts of the valley experienced wind gusts between 60 and 70 mph during the peak period Thursday afternoon. At about 2:15 p.m., the valley’s strongest recorded wind gusts clocked in at 84 mph near the 215 Beltway and Desert Inn Road, the weather service said.
Gusts on Thursday at McCarran International Airport peaked at 60 mph. Despite strong winds wreaking havoc in and around the valley, “we didn’t come close to the March record gusts,” Guillet said.
On March 21, 1984, wind gusts of 82 mph were recorded at McCarran International Airport, she said. The highest gusts ever at the airport were recorded on Aug. 8, 1989, at 90 mph.