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Vegas Cleans Up After Powerful Thunderstorms

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas was hit by flooding as heavy thunderstorms packing golf ball-sized hail, gusty winds and destructive lightning swept through the area Thursday, leaving at least one person hospitalized after she was plucked from a flooded wash, authorities said.

The woman was believed to have suffered a heart attack while she and two other people were rescued Thursday from rushing water near the Hard Rock Casino Hotel east of the Las Vegas Strip, Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan said.

In hard-hit Henderson, city spokeswoman Kim Becker said several vehicles stalled in one flooded intersection southeast of McCarran International Airport.

Television images showed cars entering the crossroads with water up to their headlights.

Police and firefighters helped get drivers and passengers from some vehicles, while public works crews closed some intersections and roadways due to water and debris.

Traffic officials reported more than one lane of the U.S. 95 freeway was closed due to flooding not far from the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson.

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