Clark County, Nevada, declared a state of emergency on Sunday, in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Hilary, in order to prepare for the storm. As the storm approaches closer to the Las Vegas area, it is expected to bring with it both heavy rain and violent winds.
The county that is responsible for the Las Vegas Strip, which is a popular destination for tourists, has declared a state of emergency “to ensure that additional resources are available in the event that they are required.”
Later on Sunday, the governor of Nevada, Joe Lombardo, also issued a state of emergency proclamation. He cited estimates that the excessive rainfall brought on by the storm would be more than the annual average for southern Nevada.
As a result of the anticipated storm surge that will strike the region this weekend, the chairman of the Clark County Commission, Jim Gibson, issued a warning to the people who live there as well as tourists who would be visiting the area to be prepared for flash flooding.
Officials are requesting that citizens stay off the roads and out of the parks until further notice. Some parks have suggested that they would be closed until at least Monday and maybe longer.