Severe thunderstorms and “damaging winds” could hit northern Utah Saturday evening. (Shutterstock)
SALT LAKE CITY — Many areas of northern Utah experienced severe thunderstorms and large wind gusts Saturday evening, and the National Weather Service warned flash floods could occur in the new burn scar in Parleys Canyon.
The flash flood warning for Parleys Canyon was issued at 10 p.m. and was set to last until 11:30 p.m. “Around a half inch of rain has already fallen with moderate rain continuing,” the agency said in a tweet.
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 22, 2021
The agency had previously issued an urban and small stream advisory for much of northern Utah, including southeastern Davis County, southwestern Morgan County, central Salt Lake County and western Summit County, after it had an evening full of multiple severe thunderstorm warnings for the areas.
The severe weather warnings moved north to Wyoming, where the agency warned wind gusts could reach 80 mph.
Winds up to 73 mph were reported on I-80 west of Salt Lake City.
“If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning,” the agency tweeted. “Head inside now!”
Remember…If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning, head inside now!
If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid tall trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and
sheds are NOT safe. #UTwx
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 21, 2021