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STRONG AND DESTRUCTIVE DOWNSLOPE WINDS EXPECTED

Article Published 11/30/2011


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SALT LAKE CITY HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 PM MST THURSDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.


* AFFECTED AREA: THE SALT LAKE AND TOOELE VALLEYS AND NORTHERN  WASATCH FRONT...PARTICULARLY NORTHERN SALT LAKE COUNTY... DAVIS COUNTY...WEBER COUNTY AND EASTERN BOX ELDER COUNTY. LOCALLY STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE ON THE EASTERN BENCH AREAS FROM OLYMPUS
COVE THROUGH THE AVENUES IN EASTERN SALT LAKE COUNTY.

* WINDS: EASTERLY WINDS 40 TO 60 MPH WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 80 MPH ARE EXPECTED. THESE WINDS WILL NOT BE CONFINED TO THE CANYON  MOUTHS...RATHER THEY WILL AFFECT MOST OF THE WASATCH FRONT FROM INTERSTATE 15 EASTWARD TO THE MOUNTAINS.

* TIMING: DEVELOPING TONIGHT AROUND MIDNIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS: THIS IS A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. TRAVELERS ALONG INTERSTATE 15 THROUGH DAVIS COUNTY MAY ENCOUNTER DELAYS OR POSSIBLE ROAD CLOSURES. SIMILAR EVENTS OCCURRED IN 1983 AND 1999...WHICH PRODUCED WINDS AS HIGH AS 113 MPH ALONG THE NORTHERN WASATCH FRONT. EVENTS SUCH AS THIS HAVE TOPPLED SEMIS AND OVERTURNED TRAIN CARS...AND CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS EVENT WILL BE AS DESTRUCTIVE...BUT THE POTENTIAL IS THERE. PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING TO SECURE ALL LOOSE OBJECTS...SUCH AS TRAMPOLINES AND OUTDOOR FURNITURE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES PLANNING TRAVEL LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY ALONG I-15...I-215...HIGHWAY 89...AND OTHER NORTH-SOUTH ORIENTED ROADWAYS ALONG THE NORTHERN WASATCH FRONT SHOULD STRONGLY CONSIDER USING AN ALTERNATE ROUTE OR CHANGING TRAVEL PLANS.