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SALT LAKE CITY — Powerful winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour continued to blow across parts of the Wasatch Front Friday morning, stopping semitrailers along I-15 and keeping power crews busy.

A restriction for high-profile vehicles along I-15 was lifted, but many semitrailers remained lined up along the road between Bountiful and Layton.

Hardest hit areas were Davis and Weber counties. Wind gusts reached 78 mph in Farmington, 61 mph in Bountiful and neared 50 mph in Weber County Thursday.

Schools were operating as normal in the Davis, Weber and Ogden City school districts. Two charter schools — HighMark and Ogden Prepartory Academy have a late start because of wind-related problems.

Rocky Mountain Power reported 1,400 customers in Ogden and 750 in Bountiful and Woods Cross were without power as of 7 a.m. Friday. Wind damage left more than 8,500 customers without power at one point in Ogden, as well as about 1,200 customers in Centerville.

Employees at Thomas Arts Marketing saw the after effects of the storm from Thursday night when they arrived at work Friday morning. Their office was open to the elements, after a large window came crashing down.

"Glass came down from the top of the atrium here — just knocked the whole window out," said Troy Thomas. "(It) came down and crashed against some windows here."

Thomas said the cleaning crew told him it sounded like a bomb in the front lobby.

"We feel lucky that nobody was hurt," Thomas said.

A severe wind warning remained in effect Friday, with wind expected to be an issue through Saturday.

The wind was generated in the middle of a high-pressure system in Wyoming and a low-pressure system in southern Utah, a pattern that sends wind rushing through the canyons into the valley, KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank said.

Get details and the complete forecast at the KSL Weather Center.

Contributing: McKenzie Romero and Mike Anderson

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