High winds cause power outages, flight delays and more


News 3's Weather Authority reports that the valley may see wind gusts between 60-70 mph on Thursday. Meteorologist Kelly Curran says high winds are scheduled to hit the valley hardest between 2-7 p.m.

A dust storm warning was also issued for the area until 7 p.m., with travel discouraged.

A cold front is scheduled to come into Las Vegas around 4:30 p.m.

As a result, the Clark County’s Department of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued a dust advisory for this afternoon through Friday morning to advise residents and local construction sites of the possibility of elevated levels of blowing dust due to the forecast of high winds in our area.

Under windy conditions, people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children may feel better staying indoors as much as possible because they could be at greater risk from particulates, especially when they are physically active, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Flights at McCarran may also be delayed as a result. Check your flight status here.

Around 3:50 p.m. approximately 30,000 homes were without power according to NV Energy's website.

According to Trooper Jason Buratczuk with the Nevada Highway Patrol, there have been three semi rollovers due to the high winds. There is one at I-15 northbound at St. Rose with all lanes blocked and traffic getting by on the shoulder. Another is reported on St. Rose over I-15.

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