Thunderstorms sweeping Utah bring relief to some and challenges to others when areas are flooded


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The National Weather Service issued weather warnings on Thursday, June 24, 2021 as much-needed rain swept through Utah. (Randall Wardle)

SALT LAKE CITY – Thunderstorms across Utah on Thursday brought much-needed rain, as well as a sense of relief for some, but flooding to others, where streams and roads have been flooded.

The storms caused “moderate” rainfall in some areas, such as Salt Lake City and Granstville, and “light” rainfall in others, the National Weather Service reported. Salt Lake City station received over 0.01 inches of rainfall, the first measurable amount since May 23.

“Those types of storms, great. It probably helps psychologically.” KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank said. “But by and large, it would take a lot of these storms, many, many, many months to actually dent the drought.”

With the rain came heavy thunderstorm warnings from the National Weather Service for Tooele County and Western Utah Counties until 10 p.m. The thunderstorm could potentially bring an inch of hail, heavy rain, and strong gusts of wind.

Before the rain, the service issued steps to protect against flash floods.

In the event of a flash flood, the weather service advised the population to drive to higher altitudes, avoid driving in the water and inform themselves about the weather situation.

Herriman City issued a flood warning for urban and small creeks as the excess water flooded the streets and dry creeks. The city warned local residents that while the purpose of the arid creek areas is to drain excess water, it can be dangerous for anyone, especially children, to approach the creeks. A tweet from the city revealed that a couch was washed away due to the Midas Creek flooding.

Amid the dangers of flooding and severe thunderstorms, NWS warned motorists that the first rainfall after a dry spell can cause roads to become slippery quickly. The precipitation mixes with accumulated debris on the roads to make the roads smooth; The weather service advised drivers to watch their speeds and use a reasonable distance when driving.

The rain and its conditions are likely to be short-lived, with hotter temperatures returning over the weekend. Complete forecasts for areas across Utah can be found at the KSL Weather Center.

Contribute: Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio

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