A destructive windstorm over northern Utah knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses, and lineworkers from a Wyoming co-op were among the crews that spent days working to restore service.
“Five of our linemen went to the aid of Kaysville Power and Light,” said Brian Tanabe, communications and marketing manager for Afton, Wyo.-based Lower Valley Energy. Although the co-op’s territory is 200 miles northeast of Kaysville, the linemen eagerly volunteered to help the municipal utility with repairs.
“The storm hit late Dec. 1, and our guys arrived early Saturday,” Dec. 3, Tanabe said. “They joined personnel from eight other utilities for restoration work that took several days.”
High winds knocked down trees, snapped power lines and caused widespread power outages over a large part of northern Utah, Tanabe said. “It was pretty damaging for an area that seldom gets hurricane-force winds.”
Local forecasters compared the storm to a Category 2 hurricane, with wind gusts topping 100 mph in the Kaysville and Centerville area. Sustained winds of 60 mph to 70 mph were reported between North Ogden and Bountiful.