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Severe storms hit Alaska, Utah

'Dynamic and dangerous storm' hits Alaska damaging homes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | April 7, 2011

A storm system moving across Alaska has damaged homes in one community and brought wind and snow warnings for much of the state, authorities said.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 100 mph in the Aleutian Islands, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.

Several buildings in False Pass, near the western tip of the Alaska Peninsula, had roofs blown off or damaged Wednesday by 100 mph winds, the weather service said.

The entire western Alaska coast, from Kotzebue to Bristol Bay, was under a winter storm warning as "a dynamic and dangerous storm" moved into the Central Bering Sea, the service reported.

Meanwhile, residents in Utah were bracing for an unusual spring storm with rain and snow forecasters predicted would settle over the state late Thursday.

A winter storm advisory was called stretching from Logan in the north and running south through Brigham City, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Park City, Provo and Nephi, Price and Richfield, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Winds gusting to 50 mph were predicted for southern Utah.

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