Records smashed as more than five months of rain falls in one day in Las Vegas

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Record-breaking rain drenched Las Vegas throughout the weekend, causing flooding and more than a hundred crashes on the roads.

Flash flood warnings were issued Saturday, when 0.81 inch of rain was recorded at the National Weather Service’s official measuring site at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

That handily beat Sin City’s previous record for the day, which was set at 0.17 inch in 1943, said Andrew Gorelow, a meteorologist.

It now also ranks as the third-highest total amount of rain ever for a single day for the month of April. “April is one of our driest months of the year,” Gorelow said.

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