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Strong winds tip semi, with rain throughout valley

Published March 26, 2012 11:31 am

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Residents are cleaning up after strong winds littered the Wasatch Front with debris and cut power to hundreds of homes and businesses.

With gusts up to 75 mph in Bluffdale, wind toppled a semitrailer truck near Point of the Mountain just after 8 a.m., closing all lanes on southbound Interstate 15 for two hours. Winds broke a crossing arm along the TRAX line and pushed in several windows at the Harmons grocery at Bangerter Crossing, staff said.

Monday's storm brought down wires, cutting power to 300 customers in Ogden and more than 800 in Honeyville, said Jeff Hymas, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.

Winds along most of the Wasatch Front gusted between 50 and 70 mph, with similar speeds in the west desert and slightly higher speeds in the mountains. The strongest reported winds were at Sundance, where gusts clocked in at 84 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm also brought rain in the valleys and mountain snow, with 4.5 new inches at Alta.

Monday's low-pressure system is expected to give way to a milder Tuesday, with partly sunny skies and highs in the lower 60s forecast along the Wasatch Front.

In southern Utah, temperatures should climb to the 70s and skies are expected to be clear for the rest of the work week, according to the National Weather Service.

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