Power outages, damage reported as storms, strong winds impact the Wasatch Front

Aug 21, 2021, 8:43 PM | Updated: 11:25 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of Utahns were without power in Morgan, Salt Lake and Weber counties as storms and strong winds ripped through the Wasatch Front, leaving behind some damage.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rocky Mountain Power’s website showed more than 7,000 homes were affected by power outages.

The outages were reported as dark storm clouds blanketed northern Utah, bringing rain, hail and heavy winds.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across the Wasatch Front during the early afternoon hours Saturday, including the cities of Salt Lake City, Layton, Bountiful, Tooele, Farmington, West Jordan, South Jordan, Kaysville, North Salt Lake, Centerville, Woods Cross and Stansbury Park.

Strong thunderstorms were also forecasted to impact portions of Central Duchesne County, portions of central Summit County and Uinta County in Wyoming, as well as portions of northern Wasatch County.

A High Wind Warning was issued a little later on for Utah County.

Weather officials said it will remain in effect until midnight.

Officials with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said the threats from the thunderstorms could include damaging wind gusts, reduced visibilities from heavy rain and possible urbanized and small stream flooding.

In Bountiful, a power pole snapped and fell over at 2400 South and 500 West.

Police warned drivers to avoid the area while crews repair the damage, which was estimated to take at least six hours.

They encouraged people to use U.S. Highway 89 and 200 West instead.

Power was eventually restored to all Bountiful residents, according to city officials, but they still advised drivers to use caution in the area where the power pole went down.

Monsoonal rains impacted Centerville Saturday afternoon as water fell by the bucket fulls and a microburst ripped through the area.

In Salt Lake City, at least three trees sustained significant damage.

One tree toppled over on North Star in Rose Park, barely missing a work truck.

A large tree limb also came down in the Avenues. This happened near 550 East and 11th Avenue.

Luckily, there was no damage to the cars there.

A couple told KSL-TV they’re still recovering from last year’s windstorm.

They were caught in Saturday’s storm while driving up from South Jordan.

“It was really bad out there,” said the husband.

“We drove through the worst of it,” said the wife. “It was raining so hard that it was bending the trees down, and we were afraid they would break, so we were going about 30 miles per hour.”

Up at Lagoon in Farmington, video showed a microburst that came through, knocking down several tree branches.

Park officials said a park guest was treated for minor injuries and released.

Witnesses said strong winds also took down some trees and branches in Kaysville.

(Kristin Nilsen)

On the highways, officials with the Utah Highway Patrol said they responded to at least six crashes between Davis and Salt Lake counties.

Those causes are still under investigation, but troopers are looking at possible hydroplaning in those cases.

A report on the extent of injuries has also not been released.

Major outages were also reported Saturday in parts of Utah County.

City officials in Lehi said that approximately 10,000 customers were without power after the transmission provider for the city had an outage, which caused three substations to go out.

“We do not know when power will be back on, but we will continue to keep you posted as we receive updates,” read the city’s Facebook post.

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Power outages, damage reported as storms, strong winds impact the Wasatch Front