Videos show Las Vegas casinos underwater again following flash floods, the latest in a string of extreme weather events

The Bellagio Water Fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip is seen from a tower of Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada George Rose/Getty Images
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Flash flooding hit Las Vegas for the second time in two weeks on Thursday.
Videos from social media show water pouring from the ceiling in casinos.
More storms and possible flash floods are forecast for Friday.
Monsoon rains swept across Las Vegas on Thursday, causing flooding at some of the city's famous casinos for the second time in two weeks. Videos posted to social media appear to show downpours and the damage they caused to casino floors. These videos have not been independently verified by Insider.
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A Twitter user posted video of inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino showing card tables soaked with water pouring from the ceiling.
This Las Vegas monsoon season is the wettest in 10 years, according to the Las Vegas National Weather Service. A total of 0.58 inches of rain fell on the city Thursday, bringing the total rainfall for the monsoon season so far to 1.28 inches.
Climate change, fueled by all the greenhouse gases that humans have been releasing into the atmosphere, is altering the planet's water cycle. Rising temperatures increase water evaporation and change the atmospheric and ocean currents that distribute moisture across the globe. In some places, the drought is becoming more frequent, more extreme or longer. In others, heavy rain and flooding are increasing.
Nevada suffers from both extremes. Despite being the driest state in the US, its rainstorms are expected to become more extreme with more flash flooding as the climate changes. This is partly because warmer air contains more water and can therefore release larger flows when it rains.
In a clip posted to Twitter of a car making its way through flood waters near the Linq Hotel & Casino, onlookers can be heard cheering for the driver - although some viewers weren't so confident.
"Holy shit, holy shit, I don't know if you can do this," one person can be heard in the video.
Nevada's drought can actually make flooding worse because drier soil holds less water. This allows more flooding to build up on the ground, creating dangerous, high-velocity floods like the ones that tumbled through Death Valley last weekend in an event that happens every 1,000 years, or the waters in these videos from Las Vegas.
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Video posted to Twitter by a passenger on a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada bus showed the streets being flooded with running water.
"Charleston is feeling like a frenzied rapids ride right now," the tweet said, referring to Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas.
The National Weather Service shared video of the storm as it moved into the area.
According to the National Weather Service, more storms with the risk of flash flooding are possible again on Friday.
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