Utah rain prompting flash flood warnings

By Lindsay Whitehurst

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: August 11, 2012 12:14AM
Updated: August 11, 2012 07:03AM

The National Weather Service issued flash-flood warnings Friday for two central Utah counties, which included Capital Reef National Park.

Flooding was expected in central Wayne County, along Sulpher Creek from the headwaters to the confluence with the Fremont River in Capitol Reef. The warning is in place until 3:45 p.m.

A warning for northwest Emery County came after Doppler radar indicated that up to a half-inch of rain fell on the Seeley Wildfire burn scar in 30 minutes.

Ash and debris flow was also expected to affect the Huntington power plant. That warning is active until 3:30 p.m.

The southern and eastern parts of the state are expected to get the most moisture, said meteorologist Christine Kruse, while northern Utah could see gusty winds and lightning, continuing through the overnight hours.

The northern part of the state should dry out Saturday, though there is still a chance of rain in other regions.

The cloud cover will bring slightly cooler temperatures this weekend in Salt Lake City — 97 degrees. The high in St. George is predicted at 106, and 90 for Cedar City.

lwhitehurst@sltrib.com