Dust storm hits Pahrump; Las Vegas sees evening thunderstorms

Updated August 30, 2017 - 11:14 pm

A dust storm warning was issued for Pahrump on Wednesday night, but a National Weather Service meteorologist said its strongest gusts never reached Clark County.

Parts of the valley experienced gusts hovering about 30 mph from a nearby dust storm Wednesday night, meteorologist Chelsea Krysteon said.

At 5:15 p.m., the weather service reported low visibility in the town and along State Route 160. The storm had winds clocked at more than 50 and 60 miles per hour, with one site reaching the 70s, Krysteon said.

The warning expired at 7 p.m.

“It’s definitely died down in magnitude,” she said.

The Las Vegas Fire Department tweeted Wednesday night that downed power lines on Mezpah Street had caused an outage in the central valley.

About the same time, more than 3,000 customers temporarily lost power in the Las Vegas Valley on Wednesday night, NV Energy said.

Storms in Las Vegas

Some thunderstorms hit parts of the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday night. Henderson and eastern portions of the valley saw the strongest storms, including a lot of lightning.

Earlier in the day, Mount Charleston and the Spring Mountains saw some rain.

The weather service said the valley might see rain Thursday, with chances between 20 percent and 30 percent.

Wednesday’s high was 107 degrees, the National Weather Service said. Thursday should see a high of 103 degrees, with Friday and Saturday expected to reach highs of 105 degrees. Sunday’s high is predicted to reach 104 degrees.

The normal temperature for Aug. 30 is 100 degrees, meteorologist Reid Wolcott said.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

Review-Journal staff writer Mike Shoro contributed to this story.

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