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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Utah In 1999… And No One Saw It Coming

Salt Lake City residents have long been worried about the “big” earthquake that could occur at any time along the Wasatch Front. The one thing we haven’t been worried about is tornadoes. Most people figured that the Wasatch mountains protected the valley from that particular natural disaster. Unfortunately, on August 11, 1999, the unthinkable happened.

Final Touch Film was capturing video for a wedding at the Salt Lake Temple when the tornado hit the downtown area. This footage shows the force of the winds and some of the damage. Luckily, the bridal party was unhurt.

Where were you on the day of the tornado?

Catherine Rees
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.