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Burning Man Goers Urged to Seek Shelter and Save Food Despite Heavy Rain | US News

Burning Man festival attendees were told to stay indoors and ration their food and water supplies on Friday due to persistent heavy rains in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada.

As of Friday night, all movement in and out of Black Rock City had been suspended, while the gateway and airport were also closed, event organizers reported.

Burning Man is a celebration of self-expression that culminates in the ceremonial burning of a towering 40-foot effigy. Its origins date back to the cremation of an eight-foot wooden ‘man’ on Baker Beach in San Francisco in 1986, which eventually turned into an annual gathering in the Black Rock Desert.

In Black Rock City, driving is strictly prohibited, except for emergency vehicles.

“Stay prepared for adverse weather conditions that will continue through the night and into Saturday,” organizers said on Friday.

The heavy rains had a widespread impact across the state on Friday, with the looming threat of flash flooding affecting eastern, north-central, northeast and south-central Nevada, as noted the National Weather Service.

In a Saturday morning update, forecasters warned of a growing threat of flash flooding for the Labor Day holiday weekend, as a slow upper-level trough drew in tropical humidity and monsoon season, fueling multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms that would bring heavy rains to the north and centre. Nevada.

Flash flood monitoring is expected to continue in the area through Monday morning.

Overnight, Black Rock City saw about 0.6 to 0.8 inches of rain, as noted in an update from organizers Saturday morning.

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“The low pressure system responsible for yesterday’s rain has moved west leaving us today with partly sunny skies and light winds. However, the rain is returning early Sunday morning and continues throughout the month. afternoon as the low pressure system moves east through Black Rock City and leaves the area,” according to the update.

Organizers also warned on Saturday: “If you are at the BRC, save food, water and fuel, and take shelter in a warm and safe space. »

Exact attendance figures for this year’s festivities remain unclear, but in general, tens of thousands of people gather in the Black Rock Desert for the event each year, as reported on Burningman.org.

The event kicked off on August 27 and will run until September 4.


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