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Heavy winds, thunderstorms hit northern Utah

Thousands of residents lose power
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Posted at 6:46 PM, Aug 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-21 23:05:56-04

OGDEN, Utah — Much of northern Utah was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning from the National Weather Service Saturday evening.

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The NWS issued warnings lasting through 7:30 p.m. for multiple areas across the Wasatch Front, as well as Tooele, Box Elder and Cache counties. From 7:30-8:00 p.m., the NWS downgraded it to a "Significant Weather Advisory" (lower urgency level than a Warning).

Drivers are warned of strong winds and low visibility on freeways, as well as standing water on roads.

Some areas may also experience flooding.

"Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks," the NWS wrote on Twitter.

Up to penny-sized hail is possible in these areas, as well as winds up to 60 miles per hour.

Some areas are also being warned of 70-mph "damaging winds."

Rocky Mountain Power initially reported more than 4,000 homes without electricity in Weber County. By 9 p.m., that number was down to about 300.

Another nearly 3,000 also lost power in Morgan County, but those outages have since been restored.

More than 1,500 homes were still without power in Magna as of 9 p.m. along with a few hundred others scattered across Salt Lake and Davis counties.

While the cause of these outages is "under investigation," they were reported around the time these storms were beginning to hit the area. Power is expected to be restored by midnight for most of the affected areas.

Downed power lines have been reported in Lehi as well, but an estimate of how many residents are affected was not known.

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