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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.

Related: 15 years later, Utahns remember tornado that ripped through downtown Salt Lake City
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Nan BW
ELder, CO

I remember well when the SLC outdoor sales event happened. I appreciate the compilation of information about tornados presented in the article. Tornados are fascinating, yet awful, and it is good to learn their history in Utah. I lived in Ohio on the day of 100 tornados in the Midwest. Sirens were wailing all afternoon, and I didn't realize it was because we were experiencing multiple events. I took our children to the basement, and when we emerged sirens began again. I looked outside and a small tree was almost flat on the ground. It was so bizarre to see it become upright again. Later we watched as a tornado crossed Cincinnati at sundown. Now if I were aware a tornado was on its way, I'd head for a basement and stay a long while.

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