The Northern Wasatch region was hit with a high-speed windstorm that caused several large-scale power outages Thursday night, Nov. 21.
The windstorm began in the afternoon and was expected to continue through the night into Friday morning. The National Weather Service reported easterly winds of 30 mph to 40 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph. The downslope winds were at their strongest at the base of the mountains in Centerville and Farmington, with a wind gust recorded at 80 mph.
Rocky Mountain Power reported outages in Ogden, Layton, Kaysville, Fruit Heights and Centerville. As many as 6,000 residents in Weber County and 3,000 in Davis County were out of power because of downed power poles and arcing power lines.
Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas said they were anticipating complications because of the weather and had additional crews on standby.
Traffic lights were out along sections of Washington Boulevard and Wall Avenue which caused traffic to slow.
A few instances of property damage were reported from branches hurtling through the air and traffic signs toppling over.
The Utah Department of Transportation issued a warning that semitrucks were prohibited from using Interstate 15 and Highway 89 from Layton to Centerville until further notice because of strong crosswinds.
Police were also kept busy responding to alarms being set off by the wind gusts and power outages. Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said officers responded to as many as 10 alarms an hour.
The National Weather Service anticipates that winds will diminish Friday morning before becoming strong once again in the afternoon all the way into Saturday morning.
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