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Utah forecast: Calm Wednesday but thousands still without power after windstorm

First Published Apr 23 2014 07:12AM      Last Updated Apr 23 2014 10:05 am

Photo courtesy of Craig Buschmann. Russell Taylor stands next to a tree that caused mercifully minor damage as it landed diagonally just south of his home near 1500 South and Wasatch Drive, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The massive tree ripped off a balcony and caused some damage to his roof, but otherwise left the home intact.

Thousands of Utah residents are still without power Wednesday morning, mostly in Summit and Salt Lake counties, in the wake of Tuesday’s windstorm.

Rocky Mountain Power officials report that as of 9:30 a.m., more than 12,000 customers are without power as a result of Tuesday’s windy weather.

Because of damage to two transmission lines that provide power to Summit County, Rocky Mountain Power has initiated rotating power outages that are affected 3,500 customers in the county. These are expected to last throughout the day Wednesday.

Several large-scale power outages are still being repaired Wednesday morning.

A power outage in Ogden is reportedly affecting power to 2,729 customers. It is unknown how long it will take to restore, according to officials.



In Salt Lake City, 1,376 customers were without power after a pole fire. Repairs were underway, but officials gave no estimate on when they believe the power will be restored in that area.

In West Valley City, approximately 1,074 customers were still without power as of 10 a.m. Officials say crews were working on repairs, but gave no estimate on when power will be restored.

On Tuesday, gusts downed enormous trees along the Wasatch Front and caused power outages affecting 14,000 customers during the day, Rocky Mountain Power reported.

According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds were recorded on Tuesday between 4-6 p.m., and ranged from 45 mph to 88 mph throughout the state. Most areas throughout the state received less than an inch of rain Tuesday, though Alta did record 4 inches of new snow.

Wednesday’s weather forecast is expected to be significantly more calm. The weather service predicts that the high temperature in northern Utah will reach 54 degrees Wednesday, and the skies will be partly sunny. On Thursday, cloudy skies will continue, but the high temperature will likely reach 66 degrees.

Farther south, Cedar City is expected to reach 54 degrees Wednesday before climbing to 69 degrees on Thursday. St. George is expected to be significantly warmer, with a high temperature of 73 degrees on Wednesday and 82 degrees on Thursday.

Though the weather will calm over the next few days, the National Weather Service predicts another spring storm is on the way, bringing more windy weather Thursday and rain by Friday that will continue through the weekend.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller

 

 

 

 

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