Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Thunderstorms passing through the Salt Lake Valley knocked out power to nearly 8,500 customers Thursday afternoon.
Power outages attributed to "severe weather" were reported in several areas, including Woods Cross, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Murray and Sandy, Rocky Mountain Power officials said.
The outages all happened within a few minutes of each other after the storms rolled in about 3:30 p.m.
Much of the damaged was caused by high winds that tangled tree limbs into power lines, said Rocky Mountain Power spokeswoman Maria O'Mara.
Crews were deployed to several affected areas to assess the situation, working first on the fixes that would restore power to the largest number of customers, O'Mara said.
By 5 p.m., about 5,500 customers were still in the dark. Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., power had been restored to all but about 1,000 customers.
As of 10 p.m., about 552 customers were without power as crews mopped up small, lingering trouble spots, O'Mara said. All power was expected to be restored before morning.
Two passing storms moving north along the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges were responsible for the damaging winds in the Salt Lake Valley, KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank said.
Gusts reaching more than 65 mph were recorded in the mountains Thursday afternoon, while nearly 50 mph winds were recorded at Salt Lake City International Airport and in downtown Salt Lake City.
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