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High winds in SLC topple trees, cause power outages

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-24 23:32:55-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah -- Windy conditions are believed to have knocked out power to more than 8,000 people in Salt Lake County Monday.

Rocky Mountain Power crews restored power to all areas by 9:20 p.m.

“I got home and nothing, no power,” said Salt Lake City resident Bryan Drake.

Around 5:00, thousands arrived home from work to find no power, while businesses, like Trader Joes on 400 South, were forced to temporarily turn customers away while they restored power to cash registers.

In other areas, high winds did more than damage the power. A strong gust sent a tree crashing into a house in Cottonwood Heights, while the home owner was inside.

“When you get into a high winds situation or microburst situation, they have a tendency to fall over fairly easily and it always seems like they manage to find their way on top of something,” said Clint Mecham of the Unified Fire Authority.

In Salt Lake City, a business owner along 9th and 9th witnessed a near miss when a branch landed in the middle of a busy sidewalk.

“It hit the front window and came crashing down, just missing a couple of walker-bys and a woman pushing a baby stroller, actually.  I just thank God that nothing bad happened,” Mark Campagna said.

If you would like to report an outage, you can call the company toll free at 1-877-508-5088.