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Fallen tree cuts power to more than 2,600 South Summit residents

Wind gusts reportedly reached 69 miles per hour

A powerful cold front that moved into Summit County on Sunday brought high winds that knocked a tree down in South Summit, cutting power to more than 2,600 residents.

At around 5:38 p.m., a tree fell on a power line in Oakley, according to Paul Murphy, a public information officer with Rocky Mountain Power. The outage affected 2,668 customers. Murphy said power was not completely restored until 3:47 a.m.

"We actually had a series of outages throughout the state and more than 20,000 customers were without power statewide," Murphy said. "As far as we know, all of it was related to weather. It's always awful when your power goes out, but we're always grateful for those who go out to fix it."

Murphy said most of the recent outages can be attributed to weather. He added, "Sometimes the facilities just wear out, but what I have been seeing lately is bad weather."

"It cause the lines to arc and, in this case, the wind knocked a tree onto the line which caused the problem," Murphy said. "Weather has just been wreaking havoc on us."

At around 5:40 p.m., a wind sensor on State Road 248 near the Jordanelle Reservoir recorded the highest daily wind gust of 69 miles per hour, according to Eric Schoening, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake.

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"It was gusting in the 60s until about 6:30 p.m. and the sustained winds during that time were in the mid-30s to mid-40s," Schoening said. "It was obviously windy most of the day yesterday. It started in the morning with about 30-mile-per-hour gusts and then it peaked just ahead of the cold front."

The wind storm continued until about 11 p.m., with about a three-hour period of "really potentially destructive winds," Murphy said. At around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Schoening said the winds were still gusting at about 16 miles per hour.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's storm dropped several inches of snow in the area, including 11 inches at Park City Mountain Resort and 5 inches at Deer Valley Resort.

Julie Booth, Summit County's public information officer, said snowplows were unable to service the Timberline area, causing the garbage pickup service to be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 1.

"That's the only residual impact that I have heard of from the storm, thankfully," Booth said.