Flash floods hit southern Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Severe weather targeted southern Utah until the early hours of the morning with strong thunderstorms and heavy rains that fed the monsoon moisture.

It started at 10pm with a heavy thunderstorm at the Beaver / Iron County border. The storm moved on I-15 to Cedar City around 11:00 p.m., and a flash flood warning was posted near the small town of Lund until 11:45 p.m.

Strong storms began to line up, regroup and penetrate Washington County. The threat of storms, even weakening as it moved through Washington County, triggered several overnight flash flood warnings for parts of the county. Just after midnight, thunderstorms affected western Kane County and east-central Washington County, including Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon, Rockville and Springdale. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 4:15 a.m. with Birch Hollow, Orderville Canyon, Jolly Gulch and the North Fork of the Virgin River affected.

Heavy storms hit Washington County including St. George, Washington City and Santa Clara, which received an abundance of rain. The city of Washington received a third of an inch of rain, while other weather stations received heavy rain in a short time.

The rain ends at the time of the morning commute, but a muddy mess is expected at dawn. An urban flood and small stream advisory was in effect for Washington County for most of the night. Clean efforts will likely be needed for Washington County on Friday.

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