By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
San Bernardino County, California: Storms brought gusty winds, blowing dust, heavy rain and thunder with lightning to desert communities along U.S. Route 95 on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez as storms began to move over Needles, California area at around 6:00 p.m. PT.
Gusty winds blow into the area before heavy rain fell over the area loud thunder and big flashes of lightning streaked over the community.
Runoff from the heavy rain flowed down dry channels and ditches as well as along local streets flooded known intersections as well as the closed North K Street Underpass.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flood Warning for the area as well as a Dust Storm Warning for the area of Havasu Landing, California and near Vidal Junction, California.
A partial rainbow appeared to the south along U.S. Route 95 as the heavy rain and thunder with lightning began to leave Needles, California and began to move towards the south to southwest direction.
Runoff from near by desert mountains caused flooding along U.S. Route 95 just south of Spike Road slowing vehicles as well as semi trucks as they attempt to go through the flooded roadway and avoid debris.
Just west of Havasu Landing, California, more areas of flooding with debris were found along U.S. Route 95 just south of Heritage Trail slowing motorists and semi truckers down as more loud thunder with huge flashes of lightning lite up the desert valley.
Some more areas of flooding and debris were found along U.S. Route 95 near Vidal Junction, California were all was calm before the storms arrived into the area later that evening.
On the way driving back towards Needles, California, the California Highway Patrol were spotted monitoring the conditions along U.S. Route 95 well Caltrans were also spotted placing signage up and cleared some of the debris from along U.S. Route 95.
At this moment, ZachNews did not receive any reports of any major incidents related to the storms.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada reports and more chances of showers and thunderstorms later today as well as on Friday and next week starting Sunday with temperature is remaining in the upper 100*F.
A reminder, always be prepared for approaching storms; have an emergency kit, make sure you have a working flashlights and weather radio, avoid flooded roadways and be watchful of lightning strikes in case of fires get started.