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Slow-moving thunderstorms cause flooding in valley

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Ric Anderson

Thunderstorms, seen looking south from Las Vegas Boulevard and Shelbourne Avenue, roll through the Las Vegas Valley on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, prompting a flash flood warning until 3:45 p.m.

Updated Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 | 5:38 p.m.

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Storm clouds are seen to the south of St. Rose Parkway at Bermuda Road on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Slow-moving thunderstorms are soaking homes and roadways in the northern and southern portions of the Las Vegas Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning that lasted until 3:45 p.m. for the southern portion of the valley past Windmill Road. A shroud of rain and clouds could be seen drenching homes and roadways in the area.

The storm dumped nearly an inch of rain near Interstate 15 and Sloan Road, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Metzger. A pool of water 3 feet deep and 20 feet wide has submerged the intersection of Dean Martin Drive and Cactus Avenue, Metzger said.

In northwest Las Vegas, a slick mixture of rain, ash and soot from the Mount Charleston fire has created a dangerous ice-like layer over roads near Grand Teton Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, city of Las Vegas spokeswoman Diana Paul said. The flash flooding has closed Grand Teton Drive from Quail View Street to Rainbow Boulevard, and Rainbow from Grand Teton to Farm Road. Farm is also closed from Rainbow to Tenaya Way.

A storm Friday night also submerged State Route 160 and Tecopa Road in a layer of mud and debris, causing the road to close. The road reopened about 5 p.m. Saturday, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire valley until 11 p.m. Metzger said the storms are moving slowly and have the potential to dump a lot of rain.

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