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Severe Storm Hits the Wasatch Front

Severe Storm Hits the Wasatch Front


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KSL Team CoverageA powerful storm blew across Utah Tuesday evening, toppling trees, downing power lines and making it difficult just to walk in downtown Salt Lake. That storm even spawned a funnel cloud and caused trouble throughout Utah and even into Idaho.

Tooele County took brunt of the storm. There was a lot of damage in Stansbury Park. The winds were so strong they buckled a garage door. Trampolines flying through the air caused damage to fences and windows. One young man even told KSL he saw a trampoline on top of a school.

One woman told KSL she was walking outside with two of her daughters and started seeing the dark clouds. She says she couldn't run against the wind, and one of her daughters was actually being carried by the wind.

The storm also caused hydroplaning accidents on the freeway. The water came so fast that two cars rolled into a ditch. Thankfully, everyone was all right, but there was serious damage.

Kevin Eubank tracked the storm all evening. He says it came on quickly and carried with it a lot of dust and debris. As it moved through Tooele County, it spawned a funnel cloud and then exploded as it worked its way through portions of Salt Lake County, into Davis County, Weber County and Cache County.

There was a lot of damage in the Salt Lake valley as well. At least 50,000 residents have no power. In West Valley City the wind topped a tree, which landed on the roof of a home and brought down live power lines.

The America First Credit Union in West Jordan, at the Jordan Landing area, had the lining of its roof ripped off.

Despite all the damage, there are no reports of injuries.

The wind affected air travel, too. All flights in and out of the Salt Lake airport were on hold for a time until the storm passed. Several planes on approach were diverted to the Provo airport because of dangerous conditions

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