The wind we experienced in Las Vegas this week was crazy. We’re not strangers to windstorms, but this one seemed to be on a vendetta. Remember Jaws: The Revenge, “this time it’s personal”? Yeah…it felt kind of like that.
So, I’m not sure who ticked Mother Nature off. But she struck back with a vengeance. And did some decent amount of damage to the local Las Vegas landscape. News3Lv reported the damage. The wind knocked over power lines and schoolyard fences. And many trees had to be removed after being uprooted by the storm.
Because the wind knocked over powerlines, parts of the Las Vegas valley also saw power outages. One such outage happened at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle‘s Sahara location. They posted on their Twitter page that they were closed for repairs and would have to make up lost appointments.
Our Sahara office is closed today (Feb 22) due to a power outage caused by high winds. We will be honoring missed appointments on a walk-in basis over the next two weeks. pic.twitter.com/M0o3yf1sHR— Nevada DMV (@NevadaDMV) February 22, 2023
Some local schools are also changing their business hours due to the storm. Mission High, Sunrise Acres Elementary, Roy W. Martin Middle, and Goodsprings Elementary are just a few that have moved to distance learning while repairs are being done.
Road Closures and Flight Delays
The wind didn’t spare our local roads or airport either. Road visibility issues caused an increase in traffic related accidents. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that “Late Tuesday, the storm caused the closure of all lanes of Interstate 15 in eastern California near the Nipton exit, about 80 miles southwest of Las Vegas.” Flights at the Harry Reid International Airport saw delays of about an hour yesterday, on average.
When we usually get strong wind in Las Vegas, it’s around 20-30 MPH. That will get our attention. This wind storm brought 35 to 45 mph wind. In addition to 70 mph gusts. And if that isn’t impressive enough, the NWS reported wind gusts of 82 mph at Allegiant Stadium (reviewjournal.com).
But what we didn’t see this time around, is all those “we will rebuild” memes. Looks like nobody is laughing now. You win this round, Mother Nature.
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