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Winds, rain leave power outages, crashes in Las Vegas area

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 15:11:15-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather swept into the Las Vegas area overnight, packing pre-dawn rain and gusty winds that contributed to slippery roads and crashes.

One wreck left a fire department heavy-rescue apparatus blocking one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the region.

Three Clark County firefighters escaped serious injury.

RELATED: Clark County fire truck overturns closing 215 Beltway, Interstate 15 interchange

Power outages were reported at about 6 a.m. Friday in and around McCarran International Airport, where the National Weather Service clocked wind gusts of 46 mph (74 kph) before 5 a.m.

Electricity went out in some parts of Terminal 1 but an airport official says flight operations weren't affected.

Utility company NV Energy reported more than 2,000 customers without power about 6 a.m. and traffic officials reported multiple crashes on slippery roads.