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Windstorm brings sighs of relief
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Little serious damage resulted from Monday night's windstorm, but one business is suffering its effects. 
At the Jerry Seiner in West Bountiful, a falling light pole crashed into a truck due to the high winds.
Photo by Rebecca Palmer | Davis Clipper
Little serious damage resulted from Monday night's windstorm, but one business is suffering its effects. At the Jerry Seiner in West Bountiful, a falling light pole crashed into a truck due to the high winds. Photo by Rebecca Palmer | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL — A light pole that crashed down at Jerry Seiner Buick GMC in North Salt Lake provided ample evidence of Monday night's windstorm.

The metal pole smashed into a silver Chevy truck as it fell, dentine the side panel of the bed. Tuesday morning, crews from a lighting company were on hand to remove the fallen pole, but the concrete post, a rusty mounting apparatus and colored wires remained.

Nevertheless, business and residents throughout the county are breathing sighs of relief. Damage wasn't even a fraction of that caused by the Dec. 1, 2011 storm, which some residents and business owners are still cleaning up from.

Monday's storm hit Centerville the hardest, with a gust of 75 mph reported at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind began to pick up around 8 p.m., and by 11 p.m. sustained winds of 30-40 mph were reported in south Davis County, with gusts near 70 in Centerville.

The wind affected much of northern Utah between North Salt Lake and Brigham City. The Utah Department of Transportation closed a portion of I-15 to semi-trucks and other high-profile vehicles between about 2 and 7 a.m., according to UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders.

As windstorms go, Saunders described it as a “good storm.” The only damage UDOT saw on its roads was some signs turned by the force of the wind. There were no signals lost, nor accidents of any significance on I-15, Legacy Parkway or Highway 89.

A number of agencies, including UDOT and the Utah Highway Patrol, did advanced planning for this storm, Saunders said.

"We were ready this time," he said. “We took extra precautions.”

Centerville City had little damage from Monday night's storm. The city received the brunt of the damage in 2011, but received only a few reports of minor damage Tuesday morning, said Assistant City Manager Blaine Lutz.

Garbage pickup was postponed until Wednesday morning for those who normally have their garbage picked up on Tuesday, Lutz said. Nevertheless, tipped-over trash cans and garbage that spilled from them littered the roads throughout south Davis county Tuesday morning.

The traffic signal at the intersection of Pages Lane and 400 East was hanging by a thread, Tuesday morning, according to Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child.

Other than that, police heard reports of minor problems such as broken tree limbs, blown over garbage cans, flying debris and mangled trampolines, Child said.

The wind blew snow down the mountain into city streets in Centerville and Farmington, where several accidents were reported during the morning commute on 200 East. The snow had turned to ice.

More than 1,900 Rocky Mountain Power customers were without power in Centerville from about 12:30 to 3 a.m., according to Dave Eskelsen, Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson.

news@davisclipper.com

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