The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in North Salt Lake Thursday as thunderstorms rolled through the Wasatch Front.
The NWS said it was on the ground at approximately 900 North and Redwood Road, moving to the northeast. Video, some submitted to KUTV, confirmed the weather event, rare in Utah.
"The tornado first touched down in North Salt Lake," NWS said. It moved through a mix of industrial and residential areas, producing damage to numerous trees and seveal homes in the Cloverdale neighborhood. It produced EF0 damage (winds 65 - 84 mph) to the Woods Cross Public Works building and a nearby construction site. It reached peak intensity along 1100 West with winds up to 110 mph.
There it uprooted a healthy mature tree and leaned a wooden power pole the NWS said. It continued north, weakening but still producing damage before lifting off the ground in the area of the oil refinery. It made a second touchdown in a field near 800 West where it damaged a business and headed north. It produced broken tree limbs and then dissipated in the area of 1500 South and Interstate 15 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 one on Friday evening.
Meteorologist Chase Thomason said EF1 tornadoes can produce 86-110 mph winds.