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WILD, WET WEATHER WALLOPS UTAH

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Wild, wet weather, complete with lightning, marble-size hail and high winds in some areas, dominated the weather picture Wednesday across much of Utah.

A 46-year-old man working in a gravel pit near Wellington, Carbon County, was injured when lightning struck near him Wednesday afternoon. The man was knocked unconscious and taken to Castleview Hospital in Price but later released."Those planning outdoor activities, especially campers, bikers and hikers, should be prepared for wet weather and keep an eye on the sky for the approach of threatening weather. Flash flood watches and warnings may again be required," said meteorologist David R. Sanders of the National Weather Service.

The air mass is beginning to slowly dry out. Monsoon-type weather should begin to dissipate by Friday.

But conditions Wednesday were an entirely different story. A whopping 2.5 inches of rain fell Wednesday afternoon in the Flaming Gorge area of Daggett County. Duchesne received 1.75 inches in about an hour.

A resident in the Trail Canyon area, located one mile west of Bear Canyon, reported 1.75 inches of rain Wednesday. Clawson, also Emery County, reported pea-size hail and 0.9 inch of precipitation, including 0.68 in 15 minutes.

Storm cells rolled over the southern part of Salt Lake County Wednesday evening, with Riverton receiving 0.5 inch in 20 minutes and the Hidden Valley Country Club area at about 1700 East and 11700 South reporting 0.75 in 30 minutes. The Salt Lake International Airport, however, received only a trace, and only 0.06 inch fell in Holladay, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake weather forecast office.