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Storms subside after hitting Mount Charleston, Moapa, Primm

Updated Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 | 7:46 p.m.

Despite flash flood warnings issued throughout Clark County this afternoon, the tumultuous weather appears to have subsided.

“It looks like there has been a dramatic downturn in Clark County,” National Weather Service spokesman Justin Pullin said.

A flash flood warning was issued for the northwest valley, Mount Charleston and Moapa this afternoon as sporadic and intense storms dropped more than an inch of rain in some parts of Clark County.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service about 2 p.m. for Moapa as well as Rainbow, Kyle and Harris Springs canyons on Mount Charleston, meteorologist John Adair said.

Mount Charleston saw about a quarter- to half-inch of measured rain, Pullin said.

The area was the site of heavy flash flooding in late July, prompting county commissioners to declare a state of emergency on Aug. 6. The mountain is especially vulnerable to flooding because of damage from a major wildfire last year.

The National Weather Service said the eastern edge of the burn area experienced particularly heavy rainfall.

In Moapa, flash flooding on the road to the Valley of Fire caused a half-inch of rainfall in 30 minutes, beginning at about 2 p.m., Pullin said.

Interstate 15 south of Primm also experienced substantial flooding, though rainfall totals were not available.

Pullin said he would not rule out storm activity for Clark County on Friday, though he expects most of the tropical storm activity in the area to be concentrated in Mojave County in the northwestern corner of Arizona.

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