Lightning was a significant element of this week's storms in Las Vegas. (Darien Kimrey)
A viewer collects hail in Mesquite. (David Argaez)
Hail hits the Las Vegas Valley (Liliya Caudill)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The Las Vegas Valley got hit by an intense storm Thursday night. The storm came from the south and moved to the north, intensifying as it moved.
Lightning, thunder, heavy rain and hail peppered the valley. At one point, both a flash flood warning and severe thunderstorm warning were in effect.
Crews had to perform a few swift water rescues, including one at I-15 and U.S. 95 and another at Eastern and Stewart avenues.
The storm was so intense at one point the debate between Sen. Dean Heller and challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley at PBS was interrupted.
Rainfall amounts for Thursday already broke a record for Oct. 11. The previous record was set at 0.12" in 1945.
Folks began to see rainfall as early as Wednesday night, as a low pressure system moved into the region.
Along with the precipitation, people should expect temperatures to drop. Thursday's high was forecasted at 71 degrees. Friday's high is predicted at 70 degrees.
Southern Nevada has undergone a significant weather event for the third straight month. In August, storms and flooding caused damage to some homes in the area. Those storms also claimed the life of a Henderson teen who was swept into the Pittman Wash.
In September, businesses along Maryland Parkway near University of Nevada, Las Vegas were forced to shut down indefinitely after damaging floods. Flooding also claimed the life of a landscaper who was caught in rushing water at an area country club.
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