The organisers of Burning Man festival have given as go-ahead to festival attendees to leave the desert as weather improves after heavy rains inundated their campsites with ankle-deep mud on Saturday.
According to BBC report, “organisers said people could begin leaving the desert site at noon (19:00 GMT) but suggested delaying until Tuesday to prevent congestion”.
However, thousands of people hit the road soon after the green-signal was given.
In a safety warning issued by Nevada organisers urged people to “Take it slow and mind those directing traffic. Please be patient as you exit through Gate Road, and respect Burning Man staff who are working hard to make the Exodus experience as smooth and safe as possible”.
Around some 72,000 people were stranded at the festival site at Black Rock Desert in Nevada and 62,000 were still there at noon, as per BBC report.
The festival organisers also clarified that a man’s death reported on Friday was unrelated to the weather.
According to reports, The Black Rock Desert received up to two centimeters of rainfall between Friday and Saturday morning, which was the longest and heaviest rainfall since the festival began more than 30 years ago.