STORM LIVE: Thunder rolls, lightning strikes, storms pound So. Utah; STGnews Video, Photos

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SOUTHERN UTAH – From thunderstorms and lightning strikes to downpours and flooding, it’s been a wild Saturday in Southern Utah.

Update 6:40 p.m.: In the area between the Virgin River Gorge and Mesquite, Nevada, dozens of passenger and commercial vehicles were pulled over because the rain reduced visibility to just a couple of feet, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said. There were no accidents or disabled vehicles reported during that time to the Arizona DPS, he said.

There was also a lot of wind that kicked up a dust storm, but Bottoms said the area in the Gorge was pretty clear of dust.

Update 6:35 p.m.: Lightning strikes have been reported across Southern Utah hitting several trees. Color Country Interagency Fire Management responded to the strikes with air attack.

READ MORE: STGnews Videocast: Lightning strikes across Southern Utah

Up the flood with a paddle; STGnews Videocast, Drone Footage

Update 6:15 p.m. MDT: Hurricane City’s emergency response team has reportedly been called out to assist with flooding in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale.

Washington County Emergency Services posted at 6:12 p.m. that additional flooding has been reported in Washington City at Antone Way, Amity Lane, Paloma and Sandia and Canterwood Drive. Emergency responders ask people avoid these areas, if possible.

5:30 p.m.: In Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Jesseca Jessop reports, floods coursed down Central Street between Arizona Avenue and Cottonwood Park, and a second downpour threatened more flooding just before 5 p.m. MDT. Five different waterfalls also cascaded down the El Capitan mountain.

Lightning strikes and flooding have been reported in areas throughout Southern Utah.

Washington County Emergency Services posted at 5:24 p.m. that reports of additional water on the roads are being received for Brigham Road, River Road, Man O War Park area, 2450 East, 1000 East to 900 East on 100 South, Riverside Drive and 2810 East. Crews may be present in these areas, and motorists are asked to use caution as they clear the roads.

Enjoy our videocast and reader-submitted gallery – and stay safe out there!

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  • Bender July 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Warren Jeffs allows cell phone videography only in portrait mode, never landscape.

  • Free Parking July 23, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Say what.? must be some of that southern youtaw logic. eh.?

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