15 facts about tornadoes in Utah

Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 1:32 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
Utah is not a place known for tornadoes, but 15 years ago, on Aug. 11, 1999, a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City.

Mike Leavitt, the governor of Utah at the time of the tornado, spoke to reporters just outside the Delta Center after the tornado and, according to the Deseret News, said, "Standing here in the calm of an August afternoon, it's almost inconceivable what happened.”

The following are 15 facts about the Salt Lake tornado — and Utah tornadic activity in general — for the 15th anniversary of the event.

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