Thunderstorm sweeping through Southern Utah prompts weather advisory

In this file photo, a storm advances, as seen from Hurricane, Utah, July 13, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Danielle Nicole, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A thunderstorm sweeping through Southern Utah has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a significant weather advisory.

At 5:55 PM MDT, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm 9 miles west of Colorado City moving northeast at 20 mph in the eastern section of Washington County and western Kane County. The Doppler radar also indicated strong thunderstorms in southwestern Iron County and northwestern Washington County.

Nickel size hail and wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph will be possible. Heavy rainfall and frequent lightning are also threats.

Communities most impacted by the advisory include include Hurricane, LaVerkin, Toquerville, Leeds, Pintura, Zion National Park, Hildale, Colorado City, Virgin, Springdale, Rockville, Enterprise, Motoqua, Goldstrike, Orderville, Glendale and Mt. Carmel.


If threatening weather approaches, the National Weather service advises taking shelter in a sturdy building. Heavy rainfall is also occurring with this storm, which may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways.

Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

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