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High downslope wind event causes damage, power outages in northern Utah

Gusts of up to 86 mph measured at Weber Canyon
Posted at 5:51 AM, Apr 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-14 15:12:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A high wind event in northern Utah caused damage and contributed to power outages and crashes Wednesday morning.

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In Salt Lake County, westbound I-80 is closed at milepost 130 and traffic is being diverted off the freeway at the exit to I-215 E due to a crash that has blocked all lanes of travel.

Wednesday Morning Forecast

In Box Elder County, a pair of semitrailer crashes forced the Utah Highway Patrol to close parts of I-84 and I-15. Both crash scenes were cleared by 7:20.

PHOTOS: Heavy winds cause damage across northern Utah

Light vehicles and high-profile vehicles are prohibited from traveling on either direction of I-15 between 400 N in Bountiful to 200 N in Kaysville. Those vehicles are also prohibited on Legacy Parkway between 500 S in Bountiful and the U.S. 89 / I-15 junction in Farmington.

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Wind gusts of up to 86 mph were measured in Weber Canyon, and gusts of up to 65 mph were measured in other areas, including Box Elder and Cache counties.

High wind warnings in Uinta County, Wyoming and the adjacent Bear River Valley were canceled, as was a wind advisory in the Wasatch Back area.

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Thousands of Rocky Mountain Power customers in northern Utah lost electricity Wednesday morning, and many of the outages were a direct result of the heavy winds.

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