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Strong Winds in Northern Utah Leave Thousands Without Power

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Thousands of Northern Utah Residents are still without power after high winds damaged the electrical system in Weber and Davis Counties over the weekend.

As of Monday about 3,300 Rocky Mountain Power customers were without electricity.

Margaret Oler is a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Power. She says the high winds and weather conditions hampered efforts to repair the damage, but crews continued working through Monday. A lot of the damage was caused by downed trees and limbs getting caught in power lines. Oler says that makes for hazardous conditions because it’s difficult to tell if a power line is live. 

“Rest assured that we’re working on all of this and we will get to everyone but stay away from downed powerlines or anything caught in the powerlines,” Oler says.

Oler says Rocky Mountain Power is working to get everyone’s power back on by Monday night.

Eric Schoening, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City says the strongest wind gusts recorded were 91 miles per hour in Farmington.

Schoening says the winds are already dying down and will be considerably calmer by Tuesday. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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