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Fast-moving, powerful thunderstorms catch some Utahns by surprise

Jun 23, 2022, 11:28 PM

SANDY, Utah — A round of fast-moving thunderstorms battered the south end of the Salt Lake Valley during the evening commute Thursday, catching drivers and homeowners by surprise.

The storms quickly soaked Interstate 15 and other major roadways, while high winds blew rain drops horizontally in Sandy.

“It’s just something I’ve never seen,” resident Jared Roseman said. “The rain is going sideways and I’ve never seen rain going sideways.”

Roseman captured the storm’s fury on his cell phone in video he shared with KSL TV.

“Just the amount of rain we got was so surprising,” he said. “I was surprised we didn’t have any snapped trees — just the amount of force that came through.”

One storm even led Herriman City to urge those attending Towne Days to seek shelter at the Butterfield Park Pavilion or inside their vehicles.

Just as surprising as the intensity of the storms was how quickly they vanished.

“Within five minutes, the storm was gone, and as you can see, we’ve got blue skies again,” Roseman smiled.

Forecasters said more storms were possible into Friday.

Roseman embraced them.

“We welcome the water, but it definitely was a shock to us,” he said.

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