LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas say they’ve responded to hundreds of car accidents while a storm system drops an inch of rain over desert dwellers.

Trooper Loy Hixson says the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 141 crashes between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, including 37 with minor injuries. That’s four to five times what the agency sees on a normal day.

Officer Laura Meltzer says Las Vegas police fielded 112 car crash calls in a rainy five-hour period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Hixson says motorists used to bone-dry roads forget they need to change their driving habits when storms roll in.

Drivers will have to use extra caution for a little while longer — the National Weather Service predicts rain will continue through Saturday morning.

 

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