Lightning chars Willard tree

Sep 6 2011 - 11:44pm

Images

(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner) A tree caught fire after being struck by lightning in Willard on Tuesday.

WILLARD -- A bolt of lightning hit a tree and caused it to catch fire Tuesday morning as a brief but intense storm swept through Northern Utah.

Willard Fire Chief Van Mund said firefighters managed to put out the fire quickly. The tree stands in a backyard, about 400 feet from the nearest structure, so the fire did not threaten nearby homes.

"We have just enough moisture in the northern part of the state that it has caused thunderstorms," National Weather Service meteorologist Nanette Hosenfeld said.

The Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for western Utah and southwest Wyoming. It said drier air developed across western Utah later on Tuesday to reduce the threat of storms.

Throughout the day, the area east of Interstate 15 was susceptible to isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms, along with the threat of cloud-to-ground lightning.

The storms dissipated with the afternoon heat, Hosenfeld said.

Drier weather is expected for today, with scattered thundershowers across the region.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas said 2,239 customers in Ogden were without power starting at 8:17 a.m., as the storm was passing through the city. The blackout shut down some traffic signals during the morning commute.

Hymas said the cause of the outage was unknown, but the power was restored within about an hour for most customers and by about 1 p.m. for the remaining customers.

A pole-top fire caused an unrelated outage in North Ogden. Starting around 11 a.m., Hymas said, 68 customers were without electricity, with power returned to all but two customers within an hour.

From Around the Web

  +