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Flash Flood Warning in Effect for Parts of Eastern Sierra

Update 5:35 pm:

  • Power out in Lone Pine
  • Lone Pine Fire dispatched to Lone Pine Campground to help flash flood victims
  • This is what State Route 168 E looked like earlier today. The road is still closed from Death Valley Road to the junction with State Route 266 due to flooding. There is no estimated time for when it will reopen.
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Photo by Andy Richard

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Inyo County in south central California… San Bernardino County in southern California… Southwestern Nye County in south central Nevada… * Until 800 PM PDT. * At 453 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms continue to produce heavy rain across Inyo County including the lower eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada west of Lone Pine and all of Death Valley National Park. Flash flooding is ongoing along State Route 127 and Highway 190. HAZARD…Life-threatening flash flooding.

Thunderstorms producing flash flooding. SOURCE…Radar. IMPACT…Life-threatening flash flooding of low-water crossings, creeks, normally dry washes and roads.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…

  • Stovepipe Wells,
  • Furnace Creek,
  • Olancha,
  • Lone Pine,
  • Independence,
  • Shoshone,
  • Big Pine,
  • South Lake,
  • Panamint Springs,
  • Darwin,
  • Texas Springs Campground,
  • Mesquite Springs
  • Campground,
  • Keeler,
  • Homewood Canyon-Valley Wells,
  • Scottys Castle,
  • Cartago,
  • Diaz Lake,
  • Portagee Lake Campground,
  • Tuttle Creek Campground and
  • Whitney Portal Campground.


Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

The US National Weather Service had this to say:

“Scattered thunderstorms are possible once again this afternoon and evening across the region. Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of Inyo, San Bernardino, Clark and Nye counties for this afternoon and evening. Strong wind gusts, heavy rainfall and lightning are possible in and near any of the storms.”

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