A pair of tornadoes touched ground in Utah on Thursday, causing devastation and heartbreak for many families along the Wasatch Front.
And it came without warning.
As our own Ben Lockhart reported, the damage from the main tornado was centered in Washington Terrace and Riverdale in Weber County. Homes in that area were ruined because of the storm, with officials saying that it’s likely these homes won’t be rebuilt.
Officials said that the valley is lucky there weren’t more human tolls. Jacob Hite, a teenager running a 5K race, said the storm surprised him during his run.
"It felt like there was a huge, almost like a slingshot bringing you back toward the tornado. It was pretty much like trying to run away from a huge vacuum cleaner," he said to Deseret News.
But now, less than 24 hours after the storm first barreled down on Utah, cleanup efforts and interesting facts about the storm have begun to emerge.
In fact, the Weather Channel’s Sean Breslin said this morning that the Thursday tornado was unique because there was no warning issued about it.
See, even though the National Weather Service said there was in fact a tornado in Utah on Thursday, there wasn’t a specific warning about it, which extends the streak of days without a specific tornado warning to 1,833 days — that’s more than five years, Breslin said.
In fact, Utah joins sections of southern California, Idaho and Oregon as the states with the longest absence of a tornado warning, according to a chart Breslin shared on social media.
Worth noting that neither reported tornado in Utah was warned yesterday, extending the streak to 1,833 days (5+ years). pic.twitter.com/7JzpleVmfL— Sean Breslin (@Sean_Breslin) September 23, 2016
It should be noted that the NWS did issue some severe thunderstorm warnings on Thursday evening.
But it wasn’t just tornadoes that the valley experienced, as a wide range of weather wrecked havoc across the Wasatch Front.
The BYU women’s soccer team, for example, had to delay its game because of lightning. They went on to win 7-0 in a rain-filled affair.
Tooele saw a hailstorm descend, causing traffic issues. Other cities saw similar hailstorms.
The heavy rain and flash floods even caused some erosion on the streets within the valley.
And there was even snow — yes, snow — in the mountain areas.
The Utah Red Cross has begun sheltering victims of the storm, including those who may have lost their homes because of wreckage.
Community members across the northern part of the state have started working together to help with the cleanup, too, showing that no Utahn is alone.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.