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Weather in Utah: Severe thunderstorms lead to closures and outages, what you should know

Severe thunderstorms hit parts of Utah on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for several communities, including Blanding, Escalante, Green River, Kanab, Moab and Torrey. Weather conditions throughout Utah, including Salt Lake City, worsened with flash flooding and hail. Many were without power as remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto reached southeastern and central Utah.

Utah hit by severe thunderstorms, NWS issues warning

Several parts of Utah were hit by severe thunderstorms on Friday (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(AP)

In light of the worsening weather conditions, the NWS Salt Lake City released a statement on X (formerly Twitter) saying, “Note: A severe weather warning means conditions are unusually favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and strong winds. When severe weather is imminent or occurring, a warning will be issued for the affected area.”

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Shortly after the storm warning was issued, Salt Lake City experienced “heavy rain and pea- to coin-sized hail as the storm's center passed through,” according to the NWS. The situation was even worse in Canyon Point, where “golf ball-sized hail” was reported at the Amangiri resort.

Flash floods lead to road closures

According to ABC4, authorities reported sudden flooding in Moab as Mill Creek burst its banks at 400 East and 300 South this evening. Precautionary evacuations were in place at local businesses on 100 South as floodwaters flowed over the bridge at 400 East near a local high school.

The outlet adds that other areas, including Kane Creek Blvd. and 500 West, were also closed. Meanwhile, US 191 at Spanish Trail Rd. was temporarily closed due to the flooding. Authorities have warned people not to stay near creek banks or bridges.

Road collapses, landslides and power outages

A portion of SR-163 was washed away in San Juan County near Mexican Hat, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. The storm also caused power outages, leaving about 6,000 homes without electricity in Vernal. At least five power poles were knocked down by strong winds. In addition, a landslide along Diamond Fork Road near the Fifth Water Hot Springs Trailhead led to the road closure.

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