The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado hit North Salt Lake on Thursday as thunderstorms swept through the Wasatch Front.
The NWS said it was on the ground about 900 North and Redwood Road, moving northeast. A video, some of which was submitted to KUTV, confirmed the weather event, rare in Utah.
“The tornado first touched down in North Salt Lake,” NWS said. It passed through a mix of industrial and residential areas, causing damage to numerous trees and several homes in the Cloverdale neighborhood. It caused EF0 (winds 65 to 84 mph) damage to the Woods Cross public works building and a nearby construction site. It peaked along 1100 west with winds reaching 110 mph.
There he uprooted a healthy mature tree and propped up a wooden utility pole, the NWS said. It continued north, weakening but still producing damage before lifting off the ground in the area of the oil refinery. He made a second touchdown in a field near 800 West where he damaged a business and headed north. It produced broken tree branches, then dissipated into the 1500 South and Interstate 15 area around 6:34 p.m., the NWS said.
John Linton sent video footage of the tornado on Thursday, but NWS confirmed it was officially classified as such on Friday evening.
Meteorologist Chase Thomason said EF1 tornadoes can produce winds of 86 to 110 mph.
The series of thunderstorms caused a long lightning delay in the University of Utah football game against Weber State and resulted in a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of several counties.