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Storm Causes Power Outages, Slippery Commute

Storm Causes Power Outages, Slippery Commute

Posted - Jan. 2, 2004 at 7:44 a.m.



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(KSL News) Utah Power crews are busy restoring electricity this morning.

About 10,000 customers lost power because of today's storm, with the lights going out around 5 am. But the power is now back on for all but 1,500 homes.

The outage was spotty, with pockets of several hundred homes affected in one area. The hardest hit area was around 39th South and 11th East.

Yesterday's high winds knocked out power to several thousand homes from Salt Lake to Provo.

At one point almost 20- thousand customers were without power Thursday.

Fifty mile an hour winds kicked up six to eight foot high snow drifts, creating a hazardous white out. The winds even forced the closure of highway U-111 between 4100 South and 7800 South. The road was reopened shortly after midnight.

Friday morning, motorists in parts of the Salt Lake Valley faced a slushy, slippery, and slow commute. One of the most congested areas was I-15 northbound, at Thanksgiving Point. Drivers reported several slide offs and cars stuck trying to get over Point of the Mountain.

Also, I-80 eastbound to Evanston was closed.

The snowstorm was expected to taper off by the afternoon, after dumping several inches in the valleys.

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