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(CNN)Heavy rain poured into Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets Thursday night as the wettest monsoon season in a decade helps alleviate the West's severe drought -- but also causes significant damage.

Rainwater poured in through a ceiling at Planet Hollywood casino, as seen in video posted by CNN affiliate KTNV, which reported 114 power outages in Clark County affecting some 12,000 people.
Sean Sable took this video of rain entering Planet Hollywood's casino area during a thunderstorm.Rain is possible again Friday, with a slightly higher chance again through the weekend, forecasters said.
    "We're starting to sound like a broken record here, but thunderstorms are possible yet again (Friday) as well as flash flooding," the National Weather Service said.
      A flash flood watch has been posted through midnight for much of southern Nevada, northwest Arizona and far eastern California.Read More"Another day of slow moving thunderstorms capable of very heavy downpours and flash flooding," the weather service said. "Little change over the weekend with rich monsoonal moisture remaining entrenched across the Mojave Desert. Europe reels as repeated heatwaves cause chaos"While daily storm coverage remains uncertain, flash flood risk will persist given continued slow storm motion and efficient rainfall rates."
        The robust monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced drought levels in the Southwest -- as well as the Intermountain West -- to those not seen in many months. Extreme drought and extreme flooding will become more frequent and more intense as the planet warms, scientists have warned."Most locales in Arizona, New Mexico, the California deserts, southern Nevada, and a few other scattered areas have measured at least 200 percent of normal (rainfall) over the past 2 months," the US Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
          In Nevada, the "exceptional drought" area dropped to 4% from nearly 30% over the prior week -- its lowest point in nearly two years, the report said. Conditions worsened in California's Central Valley but improved some in the eastern deserts after the notable rains brought flooding last week to Death Valley.In Las Vegas, Thursday's rainfall of 0.58 inches brought the total for this year's monsoon season to 1.28 inches, the wettest since 2012, which had 3.63 inches. Monsoon season runs from June 15 to September 30. The all-time wettest monsoon season was in 1984, with 4.16 inches.

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          NBA GM’s Recognize Daryl Morey and Sixers for Stellar Offseason

          Getty President of basketball operations Daryl Morey responds during a press conference at the Seventy Sixers Practice Facility on February 15, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey.

          The annual NBA GM survey which polls each general manager around the league was recently released ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season. The survey covered various topics including the expected MVP, the best player at each position, which offseason move was the most impactful, and more. The Philadelphia 76ers were recognized for their strong offseason and various other accomplishments and often found their name on the list which is a positive sign moving forward.

          The disrespect of Joel Embiid continued as he was voted as the best center in the NBA by just 17% of NBA GMs. In comparison, Nikola Jokic was given recognition by 79% of the anonymous GMs which is up from the 63% of votes he received last year. 14% of voters also expect Embiid to win MVP this upcoming season. However, the team was recognized for the off-season moves that they made.

          The anonymous GM poll gives the Sixers

          14% chance to finish 2nd in the East
          66% chance to finish 3rd
          14% chance to finish 4th

          They tied for 2nd (17%) in voting for best overall off-season and PJ Tucker came in 4th (3%) as the acquisition that will make the biggest impact

          — Sean Barnard (@Sean_Barnard1) October 4, 2022

          Did Sixers Have Best Offseason?

          While the Donovan Mitchell trade catapulted the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best-ranked offseason moves, the Sixers were not far behind. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, and Philadelphia 76ers each received 17% of votes from general managers for making the best overall moves this offseason.

          In a follow-up question that asked which individual player addition will make the biggest impact, PJ Tucker received 3% of the votes. The Sixers elected to give the veteran a three-year contract this offseason with the hopes he can help get them over the edge. Donovan Mitchell (59%), Rudy Gobert (31%), and Jalen Brunson (7%) each finished above him in this category.

          It also was acknowledged that the Sixers’ offseason moves may not have been given as much credit as they deserve.  Tucker also earned 14% of votes for the question that asked what was the most underrated move of the offseason. He tied with John Wall for second on the list with both players falling behind Malcolm Brogdon who earned 28% of the votes. De’Anthony Melton, whom the Sixers landed in a trade this offseason, landed fourth on the list by earning 10% of the votes.

          Expected Impact of Offseason Additions

          While Tucker rested during the preseason opener, the Sixers were able to get their first look at Melton on the floor during the team’s victory over the Nets. Melton struggles as a shooter and only connected on two of his 10 attempts from the field. He was one for seven on three-point attempts. He also turned the ball over three times.

          first of many, @DeAnthonyMelton! ????

          — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 3, 2022

          Defensively is where his impact was felt as his hands were seemingly all over the place. The 24-year-old tallied three steals, a block, five points, and three rebounds. While there is room for improvement in his play, Melton flashed the impact that he is capable of making. Montrezl Harrell also impressed in his Sixers debut. The big man tallied 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in his 12 minutes of play prior to him fouling out.

          The Sixers may not have made have jumped at the big names this offseason but deserve a ton of credit for addressing their needs. The Sixers ranked 28th in the NBA in bench points last season and this has been an issue dating back several years. The hope is for the bench unit to provide the team with the lift that is needed for the team to successfully navigate to the postseason. The bench unit will be seen in its entirety once the season stats, but for the time being it is nice to see Morey’s decisions receiving the credit they deserve.

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