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HIGH WINDS DOUSE POWER IN S.L. VALLEY

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High winds resulted in power outages for between 15,000 and 20,000 customers in the Salt Lake Valley area Sunday.

Most of the outages lasted less than an hour, and most of the problems, largely related to tree limbs falling on power lines, were corrected by 5 p.m., said Dave Eskelsen, a Utah Power spokesman.It took power crews about three hours to correct problems resulting from one span of wire that was down at approximately 3500 S. Main. Scattered outages occurred in the Ogden area and in Cache Valley.

The wind hit 63 mph in Cedar City and 51 mph in Magna, said Alex Smith, a meteorologist at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

Wind continued to be a problem Sunday night and early Monday throughout the state. Cedar City, wind speeds never dropped below about 15 mph and by 6 a.m. were back above 20 mph. A high-wind watch and lake wind advisory was issued early Monday by the weather service. Twenty-five to 35 mph south winds with gusts over 50 mph are expected Monday in southwest Utah valleys.

Thunderstorms are also expected to develop Monday afternoon, especially over western Utah. Very strong microburst wind gusts are possible from thunderstorms. The gusty nature of the wind may make it difficult to control light-weight or high-profile vehicles, especially on east-west routes, meteorologist David R. Sanders said.