Winds cause trouble in northern Utah; warning issued to truckers

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NORTHERN UTAH -- The passage of a strong storm front has kept emergency crews busy Wednesday.

Wild winds whipped through Salt Lake and Tooele counties, causing a lot of problems.

At the Great Salt Lake, white caps were visible on the water. The marina appears to be well sheltered, so the boats were just fine.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers have issued a special warning Wednesday afternoon in response to the wind after a semi truck was blown over. It happened on the southbound Redwood Road on-ramp to Interstate 215.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers tell us the driver was hauling a load of diapers and was driving slowly to avoid trouble with the wind, but it wasn't enough. He tipped over.

Luckily, the driver was not injured. But according to witnesses, there were some pretty scary moments.

"It was a little too windy and the truck rolled over very easily. He was going about 35 miles an hour," said Alberto, who saw the truck tip over.

Troopers are issuing a warning to semi drivers. "This wind is supposed to pick up even a little bit more," said Sgt. Shane Nordfelt with the Utah Highway Patrol. "If they're lightly loaded, they need to park it or go really slow. I'd advise them to park their semis."

Then on I-80 near Lakepoint, a fire was sparks by downed power lines in damp grass and brush.

Three fire engines responded and quickly extinguished the fire. Still, the area near the fire was left without power, affecting about 250 homes and businesses as well as the traffic lights at Saddleback Road and SR-36.

In addition, there are reported power outages in downtown Salt Lake City where about 100 homes are affected. Approximately another 2,500 people are without power in Murray.

Crews are working to get everything back up and running.


Story compiled with contributions from Sarah Dallof and Marc Giauque.


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