Overnight winds ‘nowhere near’ Tuesday’s storm as cleanup begins in northern Utah

A tree that was felled by high winds rests on a car on the 1800 South block of 200 East in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

A tree that was felled by high winds rests on a car on the 1800 South block of 200 East in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Mother Nature was kinder to the Wasatch Front overnight.

The massive winds that took out thousands of trees from Cache County to Utah County on Tuesday and left hundreds of thousands of customers without power did not materialize as strongly on Wednesday.

The Utah Highway Patrol lifted restrictions on high-profile vehicles going through Davis County by 5:30 a.m.

“High profile restrictions have now been lifted in Davis County. Winds are still consistent, but nowhere near yesterday’s magnitude,” the UHP tweeted.

But the destruction left behind from Tuesday’s storm remained Wednesday as cleanup efforts were expected to take place across the Wasatch Front.

As of 6 a.m., Rocky Mountain Power crews were still working to restore power to a large number of customers.

“Crews continue with restoration efforts from the severe windstorm that took out power to over 150,000 customers in Utah early Tuesday morning. At this time we do not have an estimated time of restoration. For updates text “STAT” to 759677,” the power company tweeted.

Because of the continuing outages as well as damage caused by the weather, several school districts canceled classes on Wednesday, both in person and online, including Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Ogden districts. Weber State University also canceled all classes. Westminster College announced it would open at noon.

Other schools that were canceled include Albion Middle School, Brookwood Elementary and Quail Hollow Elementary in the Canyons District; Ascent Academy in Farmington; Ogden Preparatory Academy, Bonneville Junior High, Spring Lane Elementary, Eastwood Elementary, Wasatch Junior High, Crestview Elementary, Farnsworth Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary, William Penn Elementary, Rosecrest Elementary, Upland Terrace Elementary and Granite Peaks High School in the Granite District; the Layton Christian Academy; and St. Joseph Catholic in Ogden.

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One “weather-related fatality” was reported by Intermountain Healthcare Tuesday afternoon, though details of who was killed, how or where were not released. At least a dozen others were treated for minor injuries and released.

The Utah Transit Authority announced that the TRAX Red and Blue lines were running again Wednesday morning, but at “slower speeds so riders should expect delays. The Green Line will have a bus bridge from West Valley City to the 21st St. Central Station. The S Line still does not have power so that route will be serviced by a bus bridge.”

FrontRunner was also running Wednesday but at slower speeds. UTA cautioned riders to expect delays on all rail systems.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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