Strong winds wreak havoc in northern Utah


A tree lays against a trampoline after being uprooted during the wind storm in Kaysville, Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, 2020. | Ryan Condie

FARMINGTON — Hurricane force winds caused widespread damage and power outages throughout northern Utah and forced the closure of schools in the Davis and Ogden districts on Tuesday.

Wind speeds from the powerful storm blowing in from the north reached up to 97 mph at Logan Peak, according to the National Weather Service, while most of Davis, Box Elder, Weber and Cache counties reported sustained 70 mph and 80 mph winds.

Another 97 mph gust was recorded in Farmington and a 91 mph gust in Salt Lake City, the weather service reported.

By 8:15 a.m., winds were gusting up to 55 mph on the west side of the Salt Lake valley, according to the National Weather Service.

At its peak, an estimated 58,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers were without power in northern Utah. By 6:30 a.m., about 50,000 customers were without power.

All schools in the Davis and Ogden school districts were closed Tuesday due to the wind storm. Weber State University cancelled all classes until noon and said phones were not working on campus. Schools in Cache County are delayed two hours.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted pictures of big trees blown over on the state Capitol grounds.

“Just received a reported gust of 112 mph at the UofU!” Cox tweeted.

Gov. Gary Herbert followed with his own tweet shortly after announcing the Capitol grounds would be closed.

“Due to high winds and dangerous conditions around the building, we are closing the Capitol building to state employees today. Stay home and safe,” he tweeted.

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Davis County announced many of its offices would be closed until noon. Centerville City Hall announced it would not open on Tuesday. Bountiful said there would be no garbage collection Tuesday.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall tweeted about 8 a.m. that there would be no garbage pickup on Tuesday.

“Please pull your cans from the roadside if it’s safe to do so,” she tweeted in part.

Downed power lines forced Utah Transit Authority to set up a bus bridge between its Woods Cross and North Temple stations for FrontRunner. The company said customers should expect major delays systemwide.

The Utah Highway Patrol is restricting travel for semitrailers in Box Elder, Weber and Davis counties “after a number have blown over,” the UHP tweeted Tuesday morning. “We also have several trees and low power lines partially blocking highways and interstates in the area.”

As of 7:30 a.m., troopers were working to clear five semis that had blown over in Box Elder, Weber and Davis counties, according to the UHP.

UHP Lt. Nick Street tweeted a short time later that the number of semis blown over was up to 10.

Downed trees, branches, power lines and other debris forced the closure of U.S. 89 between Park Lane and South Weber Drive about 6 a.m.

At 8 a.m. South Davis Metro Fire Department announced that U.S. 89 in North Salt Lake was closed in both directions …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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