Raw Video: High winds, winter storm hit Centerville; force garbage pick-up, mail delays

Posted at 9:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-30 14:57:08-05

UPDATE: Garbage collection in Centerville has been delayed until Wednesday morning because of strong winds. Officials said residents should not put their cans at the curb.

Mail delivery will also be delayed Tuesday.

CENTERVILLE, Utah -- The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Davis and Weber Counties beginning at midnight and continuing until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The warning is the first thing you see when logging onto the Centerville City website, and the wind is the first thing you feel when you walk the streets.

"When you get gusts of what they are projecting, 65 to 70 mph, there is definitely some potential for some real hazards," said Paul Child, emergency management director.

Child said the city's Emergency Operations Center is ready for action at a moment’s notice.

"Anytime we think there's a need for big response or lots of people that need help," Child said.

According to the city's High Wind Alert, "This is a potentially dangerous storm. Strong crosswinds are forecast, which may cause hazardous travel. Loose objects such as trash cans...trampolines, Christmas decorations and patio furniture may become airborne."

The city has moved back Tuesday's garbage collection from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., so people don't put their trash cans out the night before.

"It's better to be prepared for the worst and if it doesn't happen no harm no foul," Child said.

The city also said motorists must be aware of snow blowing across roadways, hindering visibility. The temperature is another issue. Monday's wind chill factor could result in readings of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

"Probably our biggest concern is power outages with the cold temperatures," Child said. “If you lose power and don't have the ability to heat your home that could be a real issue."

The city of Centerville is also asking residents to look out for any animals or pets that are typically outside. City officials say people should make sure they have shelter from this wind.