Strong Winds Batter Utah, Prompting Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning

A Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning have been issued for areas along Utah's Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, until 10 a.m. MDT on May 11, 2024. East winds of 20-30mph with gusts up to 55mph are expected, potentially causing property damage and disrupting daily life.

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Strong Winds Batter Utah, Prompting Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning

Strong Winds Batter Utah, Prompting Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning

A Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning have been issued for areas along the Wasatch Front in Utah, including Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Sandy, Logan, Brigham City, eastern Box Elder County, and the Salt Lake and Cache valleys. The advisory and warning are in effect until 10 a.m. MDT on May 11, 2024.

The National Weather Service (NWS) expects east winds of 20-30mph, with gusts reaching up to 55mph in the advisory areas. "Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles," the NWS warned. Unsecured objects may blow around, tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result from the strong winds.

Why this matters: This wind advisory and high wind warning have significant implications for public safety, as strong winds can cause property damage and disrupt daily life. Moreover, the potential for power outages and difficult travel conditions may have a ripple effect on the local economy and emergency services.

In Weber, Davis, and northern Salt Lake counties, which are under a High Wind Warning, sustained winds of 30-40mph are expected, with gusts up to 65mph. The heaviest winds are anticipated around Farmington and Centerville. "Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles on I-15, US-89 and Legacy Parkway," the NWS cautioned.

According to KUTV 2News Chief Meteorologist Lindsay Storrs, the winds will shift from east to south by noon, ending the downslope wind event. Moisture will then be pulled up from the south, resulting in scattered showers across the state on Friday and Saturday.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take necessary precautions to secure outdoor objects and prepare for potential disruptions due to thestrong winds. The NWS urges caution when driving, especially for those operating high-profile vehicles, as the powerful gusts can make travel difficult and hazardous.