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High Winds Knock Out Power for Thousands in Utah

8 Sep 2020, 1:37 pm

Overnight Labor Day into early Tuesday morning, a very cold air mass dropping through the Rocky Mountains roared into Northern Utah with destructive winds knocking out power for thousands.  This was video of the strong winds downing trees on the campus of the University of Utah.

Here are the strongest winds that have been reported so far, up to 99 mph out of Davis County just north of Salt Lake City!

The winds were a combination of such cold air over the higher reaches of the greater Rocky Mountains that gained speed when dropping to lower elevations in Northern Utah, while increasing even further in intensity by being funneled through the narrow mountain passages into the Wasatch Front Valleys.  High wind warnings had been issued by the National Weather Service off in Salt Lake City and are still in effect right now.

We’ll keep you updated here at WeatherNation on the recovery efforts that will be ongoing over the next few days.


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Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the Universit... Load Morey of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.

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