Tuesday, September 8 will go down as one of the biggest natural disasters in Salt Lake City, when Hurricane-force winds blew up to 100 mph.
Salt Lake City mayor Erin Mendenhall declared the city in a state of emergency. Later the governor Gary Herbert declared Utah in a state of emergency as well.
Hundreds of trees fell over onto powerlines causing power outages. Over 300,000 residents were without power by Tuesday afternoon. Even four days later 100,000 were still without power.
But the big and long-term effect was the uprooting of hundreds of trees. Many were some of Salt Lake’s tallest trees. Several of the largest Cottonwood trees in Liberty Park are left leaning, cracked, or completely uprooted.
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