Windstorm cleanup continues as Top of Utah residents brace for more

Nov 24 2013 - 9:11am

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Mike and Myrna Riley's RV sits in their neighbor's yard on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 after major winds blew through North Ogden on Thursday night. Neither the Rileys nor their neighbors heard the 9,500-pound vehicle blow over. They only noticed it when a neighbor went out to pick up his garbage cans. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Ray Knudson, left to right, AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah owner Warren Smith, and Michael Gallegos finish cleaning up the 25 foot limb that fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden on November 22, 2013. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah owner Warren Smith, left to right, Michael Gallegos and Ray Knudson finish cleaning up the 25 foot limb fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
A hole was created in garage roof when a 25 foot limb fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Bonnie Hayes, of Ogden, watches as the crew from AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah finish cleaning off the 25 foot branch that fell on her house.. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Fences were down all around the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Fences were down all around the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
A downed tree leans on power lines in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Bronson McAllister, left, and Brent Buhler clean-up down branches that were blocking a driveway in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Brent Buhler cleans up down branches that were blocking a driveway in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
The outfield fence at the baseball diamond at 4th Street Park on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Northern Utah were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Mike and Myrna Riley's RV sits in their neighbor's yard on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 after major winds blew through North Ogden on Thursday night. Neither the Rileys nor their neighbors heard the 9,500-pound vehicle blow over. They only noticed it when a neighbor went out to pick up his garbage cans. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Ray Knudson, left to right, AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah owner Warren Smith, and Michael Gallegos finish cleaning up the 25 foot limb that fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden on November 22, 2013. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah owner Warren Smith, left to right, Michael Gallegos and Ray Knudson finish cleaning up the 25 foot limb fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
A hole was created in garage roof when a 25 foot limb fell on the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Bonnie Hayes, of Ogden, watches as the crew from AAA Tree Surgeons of Utah finish cleaning off the 25 foot branch that fell on her house.. This is the second time a branch from this tree has fallen during a wind storm.
"Its an evil tree," Hayes joked. "I think it needs to go." (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Fences were down all around the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
Fences were down all around the home of Bonnie Hayes in Ogden. (BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner)
A downed tree leans on power lines in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Bronson McAllister, left, and Brent Buhler clean-up down branches that were blocking a driveway in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Brent Buhler cleans up down branches that were blocking a driveway in Farmington on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Davis County were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
The outfield fence at the baseball diamond at 4th Street Park on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Winds in Northern Utah were recorded as high as 80 MPH on Thursday night. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

Davis and Weber residents will wake up this morning to some high winds, but the gusts should not get as high as they did Thursday night, metrologists say.

The peak times for the high winds were Friday evening and early this morning, with winds decreasing by noon today, said Monica Traphagan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

Box Elder County may also see some canyon winds, but the gusts will not be as strong as the ones in Davis and Weber counties, Traphagan said.

Sunday will be a much calmer day with temperatures closer to normal, she said. There should be just a few clouds and high temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

Friday morning, several Davis County residents were out cleaning branches and other debris that Thursday night's windstorm had blown into their yards. A few trees had blown over onto homes or into yards, but the overall damage was considerably less than the windstorm of Dec. 1, 2011.

Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child said the city had reports of several stop signs and one yield sign that had been blown over Thursday night. Also, a tree blew over at the city building.

"But we had no problems with schools," Child said.

He said he thinks residents were more prepared this time and paid closer attention to what they needed to do when the windstorm warning was issued.

The city also had extra personnel working during the night in case the windstorm reached the level of 2011's.

Jess Johnson, a retired Farmington firefighter, was out in his yard Friday morning, raking up leaves and branches that blew into his yard from the east side of the road.

Johnson has lived in his home for 45 years and said he can count on a major windstorm to blow through every three years.

"This was not as bad as it was in 2011," he said.

But the cleanup from this latest windstorm will take some time to complete, he said.

Maureen Olsen and her granddaughter were raking up leaves and branches in her Centerville yard.

"This was much milder," Olsen said, comparing this storm's winds with the gusts of 2011.

Her backyard fence blew over and will need to be repaired. Olsen said when she heard the warnings about the impending windstorm, she gathered items from her yard, like the barbecue and the trash cans, and put them where they wouldn't cause damage.

Wesley Workham, a Farmington public works employee, was out with his partner gathering branches that had fallen on sidewalks and in the road. They also helped some of the elderly residents with their cleanup.

"I think people were definitely more prepared this time than last time," Workham said.

Dave Eskelsen, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, said crews worked all night Thursday and during the day Friday to restore power to customers.

As of Friday, he said, the power company did not have a total of how many customers were without power Thursday night because of the high winds, because "it was a moving target. As we restored power to one area, power went off in another area."

Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said this storm "was much kinder to Kaysville" than the one in 2011.

He knew about power outages in a few areas in his city but had not heard of any significant damage.

"Overall, I think our citizens were much better prepared," Hiatt said.

In Weber County, Wallace and Gloria Gross were without power for nearly 24 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Grosses both use continuous positive airway pressure machines, also known as CPAPs, to sleep at night, and Gloria is on 'round-the-clock oxygen -- managed by a system that relies on electricity.

The couple have lived in their home for 47 years and don't have anywhere else to go when the power goes out.

"She just has to use the regular air to breathe," Wallace said.

In northern Ogden, Albert Cattelan, 87, got a big surprise at 1:30 a.m. Friday when he discovered a 35-foot pine tree down in his yard. He was up lighting a fire in his living room to keep him and his wife warm.

"There was so much wind and everything banging around I didn't realize it (was a tree), but when I looked out the window, I saw it there," Cattelan said.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened -- Cattelan lost another pine tree in his front yard about 15 years ago.

"We are on a fixed income, and I figure it will cost about $3,000 to have someone get rid of it," he said. "I don't know what we're going to do."

Still, some luck was on the couple's side. The tree was inches from hitting their house, which would have been terrible, Cattelan said. Plus, he has a 75-foot Ponderosa pine in his backyard that didn't fall.

"Thank God that didn't go over."

Standard-Examiner correspondent Rachel Trotter contributed to this article.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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