Hurricane’s residual rains to hit Utah, potentially causing flash floods

A stock image shows rain and a rainbow forming over Zion National Park, Utah | Photo by MichaelJust/iStock,Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Remnants of Hurricane Bud are expected to hit Utah on Friday and Saturday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a warning about potential heavy rains and flash floods.

A map shows where heavy rains from Hurricane Bud’s remnants are forecast to hit Utah, potentially causing flash floods Friday and Saturday, Jun 15-16, 2018 | Map courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

The highest potential for heavy rains will be in the southeastern corner of Utah, including Moab and Blanding. Areas with a lesser potential of heavy rains stretch from the eastern side of the Wasatch mountains near Provo down to Zion National Park.

The area includes all five of Utah’s national parks and Lake Powell, which can see many visitors during summer weekends.

Potential for flash flooding impacts slot canyons, burn scars, normally dry washes and urban areas. To stay safe in an area under or near heavy rains, avoid entering dry washes, riverbeds and slot canyons.

Category 3 Hurricane Bud had wind speeds of up to 125 mph off the western coast of Mexico earlier this week, but by the time it hit land it was downgraded to a tropical storm, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is now heading north toward Arizona and Utah.

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1 Comment

  • Carpe Diem June 14, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Wow a little early for this nonsense, but I guess we gotta take it.

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