(KCPW News) City officials in Centerville declared a local state of emergency Thursday after high winds wreaked havoc on the city. From Bountiful to Kaysville the windstorm caused toppled semi-trucks and freeway closures, power outages, mail delivery delays, and some school closures. KCPW’s Jessica Gail spoke to several people helping to manage the crisis and reports on how they are handling the storm.
*KCPW’s Eric Ray contributed to this story.
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Wow!! Our fence was FLATTENED! Up on the mountain where my grandparents live, you can easily see a large swathe of blackout area in a sea of electric lights. Severe wind damage was estimated to be up to 8 million dollars in damage in Centerville ALONE. Centerville topped the charts of overall wind speeds with the highest wind speed of 102 mph. Surprisingly, very few of the thin, large-leaved trees that toppled. It was the pines! The strong, majestic beauties were uprooted, but they didn’t go down without a fight! There are huge chunks of ground that still cling to their roots. My guesses to the reasons are that either: 1. The pines are softwood trees, or 2. The usually leaf-laden trees had lost their leaves because of the upcoming winter, so they had less wind resistance than the pines. Either way, Centerville is down on power and trees. The usually-familiar landscape where half of it I’ve walked home on for three years, and the other half I’ve walked home for six, seems empty, barren, and unpredictable.