Southern Utah under flash flood, severe thunderstorm warnings

The Salt Lake Tribune

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for flash floods and severe thunderstorms in areas throughout southern Utah through Saturday evening.

Iron County and Washington County are under a flash flood warning until 7:15 p.m. Saturday. NWS reported that flooding has occurred on the Virgin River and it could impact areas of Zion National Park into the evening.

Kolob Canyon could also be affected after flooding was reported in La Verkin and Taylor Creeks.

The NWS issued a flash flood warning for Garfield and Kane counties through 5:30 p.m. The warning includes Bryce Canyon National Park, Tropic, Cannonville and other areas along the Paria River. Bryce Canyon has closed the Queen’s Garden Trail and the Navajo Loop.

Earlier in the day, the NWS issued a thunderstorm warning for northern Washington County and southern Iron County through 4:15 p.m. It included Pine Valley, Pinto and Veyo as well as other areas around State Route 18 between mile markers 23 and 32.

The NWS warned of gusts of up to 60 mph and advised residents that heavy rain and quarter-sized hail could cause damage to homes and vehicles.

Another flash flood warning was issued for southeastern Washington County, including Hildale, Second Creek, Short Creek, South Creek and Water Canyon that lasts through 5:15 p.m.

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