Mudslide Closes Highway in Mineral County

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Record-breaking heat is giving way to thunderstorms in the Sierra dumping heavy rain along the California-Nevada line, triggering flash flood warnings and a mudslide that closed part of a highway south of Hawthorne.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Mineral County in western Nevada after more than an inch of rain fell in less than an hour.

There have been no reports of injuries, but the service said a weather spotter reported one vehicle was stuck in the mud on Nevada Highway 359 about 6.5 miles south of Hawthorne near Lucky Boy Pass Road.

Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese told the Reno Gazette Journal crews were on the scene but there's no estimate on when they would reopen the highway connecting Hawthorne to California Highway 167 just north of Mono Lake.