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Flash flood warning for areas of Utah

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Aug 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-23 17:23:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Counties and burn scars throughout the state and enduring the wrath of thunderstorms and rain, which has caused isolated flash flooding.

A flash flood warning has been issued for West Central Carbon and Northwestern Emery Counties as of Friday. The warning also impacts the Seeley burn scar and Huntington Creek, according to the National Weather Service.

Alpine residents have already battled major flooding Thursday night after excessive rainfall. Approximately .65 inches of rain has already fallen on the Seeley burn scar and additional storms are expected to impact the burn site this afternoon.

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Debris and runoff from the burn scar have flowed onto Highway 31 and is currently impacting the Huntington Power Plant downstream, according to the weather service.

Additional runoff is expected to occur through this afternoon.

The flash flooding will otherwise remain in rural areas of the counties, according to the national weather service.

The national weather service cautions motorists not to drive where the water covers the roadway.

The warning is expected to last until 5:45 p.m.

A hazardous weather lookout has been issued for the western two-thirds of Utah and southwestern Wyoming.

The lookout will last until Friday evening, according to the national weather service, but wet weather will continue on and off throughout the weekend into next week, the weather service stated.

Utahns can expect showers and thunderstorms. The storms will be focused across the south during the early part of the day then shift north late Friday afternoon, the weather service said.

Some of the storms will bring heavy rain and gusty winds, the weather service stated.

Burn scars are in danger of flash flooding along with the more dry washes and slot canyons.

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