Windstorm Updates: Wind closes schools in northern Utah as Davis County records 90 mph gust – KSL.com

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SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of Utahns are without power, and schools across Salt Lake, Weber and Davis counties closed Tuesday morning as high winds blew into the northern part of the state overnight. But rain from the storm helped firefighters battling a large blaze near Springville.

More than 58,000 outages were reported in the 6 a.m. hour, according to the Rocky Mountain Power website. The hardest hit areas include Cache, Davis, Weber and Salt Lake counties.

Weather led to closures or delays at the following schools:

  • Ascent Academy (Farmington): closed
  • Davis School District: closed
  • Cache School District: 2-hour delay
  • City Academy Salt Lake City: closed
  • Highmark Charter in South Weber: closed
  • Nuames High School Ogden and Layton campuses: closed
  • Ogden Prep Academy: closed
  • Ogden School District: closed
  • Reid School (Salt Lake City): closed due to power outage
  • Salt Lake Arts Academy
  • Salt Lake City School District: closed
  • Spectrum Academy in North Salt Lake: 2-hour delay
  • Weber School District: closed
  • Weber State University: classes canceled until 12 p.m.

Davis County employees will start work at noon.

Windy conditions made driving difficult on I-15 in Davis County and several semitrucks blew over on I-15 between Honeyville and Brigham City, according to the KSL Traffic Center. Salt Lake Valley commuters faced some wet roads.

Wind gusts of over 90 mph have been recorded in Davis County and the University of Utah had a gust of 89 mph Tuesday. The strong winds have led to downed trees throughout northern Utah, including at the State Capitol building. A wind gust of 97 mph gust was recorded in Farmington and a 91 mph gust in Salt Lake City, the weather service reported. The National Weather Service said the winds should calm around 11 a.m. before picking up again.

Rain accompanying the storm helped the firefighting effort at the Ether Hollow Fire east of Springville overnight. All of Hobble Creek Canyon and parts of Springville and Mapleton remain under an evacuation order Tuesday morning. The fire has burned over 1,000 acres and an update is expected later Tuesday morning.

Get the complete forecast on the KSL weather page and get traffic updates on the KSL traffic page and on KSL NewsRadio. Ongoing wind and weather updates will be posted below. If you’re using a mobile device and can’t see the updates, click on this link.

Contributing: Linda Williams, Jacob Klopfenstein and Ryan Miller, KSL.com

City Creek Canyon closed to traffic

U of U classes canceled

The University of Utah has canceled all classes for Tuesday. The school stated that mandatory staff should still report to campus, but all other staff should remain home.

The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 89 mph at the school Tuesday morning and Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted that a wind gust of 112 mph had been recorded at the school. The winds have led to power outages throughout campus.

— Ryan Miller, KSL.com

LDS Hospital running on generators

Due to power loss caused by the strong winds, LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City is running on generators and the computers are not working.

— Ryan Miller, KSL.com

High winds halt TRAX

Due to conditions caused by high winds, UTA’s TRAX paused operations Tuesday morning. TRAX said the system was experiencing loss of power and debris was on tracks throughout the system.

FrontRunner is also experiencing an interruption of service between Woods Cross and North Temple. Bus bridges are in place between these two stations.

In addition, buses throughout the UTA system are being re-routed due to powerlines on some streets.

— Ryan Miller, KSL.com

I-15 northbound temporarily closed in Box Elder County

Multiple crashes temporarily closed northbound I-15 in Box Elder County, UDOT tweeted.

The freeway was expected to reopen about 8:15 a.m.

— Linda Williams, KSL.com

US 89 closed, semitrucks blown over

U.S. Highway 89 is closed between Park Lane in Farmington and Oak Hills Drive in Layton due to downed power lines, the Utah Department of Transportation tweeted.

Restrictions are in place for semitrucks in Box Elder, Weber, and Davis counties. The Utah Highway Patrol reports five semitrucks blown over on I-15 in northern Utah.

— Linda Williams, KSL.com

Davis County records 91-mph wind gust

Davis County has recorded the strongest wind gust in Utah so far Tuesday, with a gust of 91 miles per hour recorded in Farmington, the National Weather Service reported.

The gust was recorded at the weather service’s station near the intersection of Park Lane and U.S. Highway 89 in Farmington.

An 89 miles per hour wind gust was recorded on the University of Utah campus near the Browning Building on Tuesday morning, the U.’s weather center reported.

Weber County also recorded a gust of 70 miles per hour, the weather service reported.

— Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com

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