Thunder rolls, lightning strikes, hail pounds Southern Utah; STGnews photo gallery

SOUTHERN UTAH — From thunderstorms and lightning strikes to downpours, pummeling hail and up to 55 mph wind gusts, the normally quiet Southern Utah skies brought the action and put on a loud performance Thursday morning.

Storm photo taken in Desert Hills looking toward Webb Hill, which houses numerous radio and television tower facilities that serve the local area, St. George, Utah, Sept. 14, 2017 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Several rounds of heavy rainfall associated with widespread showers and strong scattered thunderstorms have rolled in and have been forecast in Southern Utah through Thursday evening.

During Thursday morning’s thunderous event, a lightning strike hit the St. George Tabernacle causing the historic building to catch fire.

The National Weather Service issued a significant weather advisory for parts of Southern Utah due to penny-to-nickel-size hail and wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph. Torrential rainfall occurring with this storm prompted the weather service to also issue several flash flood warnings.

Read more: Nickel size hail and 55 mph wind gusts yield significant weather advisory for Southern Utah

Derrick Capps said he captured this photo in the south fields of Hurricane just before 10 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 14, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Derrick Capps, St. George News

During any flood emergency, stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television, follow St. George News at and St. George News Facebook for weather alerts and updates relevant to Southern Utah. Information from the National Weather Service and disaster and emergency services may save your life.

St. George News invites readers to submit photos of the weather event to [email protected].

Enjoy our St. George News reader-submitted gallery – and stay safe out there.

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery.

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  • mctrialsguy September 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Good write-up! Like the way St. George News always does a thorough write-up and includes pictures and all of the facts.

  • DesertBill September 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the photos, especially of the waterfalls in Snow Canyon! They were beautiful. I hiked up the canyon late this afternoon. A little ways about Upper Galoot, I the gurgling of water. I walked about 20 feet east of the roadway and saw a stream working its way downhill. Another little treat from Snow Canyon.

  • Dominik September 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Great pictures!
    But only in SoUtah will you find that an average thunderstorm makes it to the news.

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