Spanish Fork microburst damages trees, property

Jul 14, 2021, 3:43 PM
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This tree was badly damaged by a microburst that dropped onto Spanish Fork, Utah. Photo: Shelley Tim-Keeton

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A fast-moving microburst dropped into Spanish Fork on Tuesday causing damage to trees and property.

Video of a microburst in Spanish Fork

The National Weather Services describes a microburst as “a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm.” A microburst can generate high wind speeds to severely damage a surface. 

Spanish Fork resident Brian Chandler told KSL TV the microburst, which stormed in at about 2:30 in the afternoon, was sudden and intense.

In some cases, a microburst can reach up to 100 miles per hour, which is equivalent to a mild (EF-1) tornado. 

“It was a big microburst. It came down and knocked down a couple of trees in the neighborhood. We got a bunch of hail,” Chandler recounted.

A microburst in Utah on July 13, 2021, sent a trampoline to the roof of a home. Photo credit: Karen John

The microburst took out at least one large tree. 

“In fact, it took us three giant truckloads to get it [the tree] out,” Chandler said.

A microburst in Utah on January 13, 2021, overturned this carport. Photo: Todd Pyne

No injuries were reported.

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