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Southern Nevada Strong Holding Open Houses

Clark County officials want to hear what people think about how to improve life in the Las Vegas valley.

The regional planning initiative known as Southern Nevada Strong aims to better join together transportation, housing and job opportunities throughout southern Nevada.

To reach that goal, the group is holding a series of open houses throughout August and September. The events will feature a brief presentation from Southern Nevada Strong. Residents will then be given a chance to review the priorities and rank what areas they think to be addressed.

The first open house is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue.

Here are the rest of the scheduled events:

Weekend Storms Send Drivers Scrambling for New Tires

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas' weekend storms did more than just flood streets and knock down trees.

The left over debris from the wind and rain is still causing problems for drivers. Tire companies are reporting a spike in sales this week.

Companies like Discount Tire say they replace about 25 more tires after a rainstorm than a typical day.

"Anytime after a big rain, we're going to be pretty busy the next day," Discount Tire manager Colton Clark said. "After a rain. you're generally going to have a higher chance of picking up a nail or screw because it's been swept into the middle of the road."

If there is anybody that loves a good rainstorm, it is these guys, but those not so happy are those customers like Michelle Stanton, whose tire was wrecked by a nail.

"I'm buying a new tire to replace the one with the hole," Stanton said. "Seeing all the flooded roads and what not. I'm not surprised."

Emergency Alerts Now Being Sent to Smart Phones

Storm clouds over Summerlin. Photo Courtesy: Amber Wirt

LAS VEGAS -- If you're caught in the wrong place at the wrong time during a storm, new features on your phone might save your life.

You may have heard those screeching alerts from your smart phone that turns your pocket into a tornado siren. Alerts that you did not sign up for.

The alerts are from the National Weather Service, telling people of the potential of dangerous flash floods, high winds and heavy rain

"We're trying to alert the public," said meteorologist with the National Weather Service Todd Lericos.

Parts of Summerlin saw a half inch of rain in five minutes Sunday, but inside a room near Dean Martin Drive and Blue Diamond Road, the National Weather Service was tracking the storm for miles before it hit.

The weather service sent out a loud message to smart phones telling people they were in a threatened area, asking them to stay indoors and check local media for more information.

Storms Bring Rain and Hail to Southern Nevada

Summerlin resident Mike Silivia caught Sunday's hail storm on camera. 

The thunderstorm caused some flooding, power outages and downed trees, but no major damage was reported.

Power Restored to 10,000 Customers

LAS VEGAS -- NV Energy officials have restored power in Summerlin near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive.

Officials said 10,000 customers were affected by the outage.


Climber Falls Long Distance at Red Rock

LAS VEGAS -- A climber in the Red Rock Canyon area reportedly took a 40-foot fall Tuesday morning, and was assisted by crews from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

According to the fire department, crews from Fire Station 47, which is near Far Hills Road and the 215 beltway, along with the Technical Rescue Team responded to accident just after 10 a.m.

Firefighters had to hike about a quarter of a mile to treat the victim, who was brought out on stretcher and transported away by helicopter.

The injuries were serious but did not appear to be life-threatening, fire officials said.