• A semi-truck toppled in the wind on I-15 in Centerville, Utah on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)
  • A semi truck toppled by the wind on US-89 near Cherry Hill in Farmington, Utah on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)
  • A tipped semi truck lies along the shoulder of I-15 northbound near Farmington, Utah, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/ The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)
  • A semi truck toppled in the wind on Park Lane in Farmington, Utah on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)
  • A motorist and Utah Highway Patrol trooper run to a semi tractor trailer that had just been blown over by high winds near Farmington, Utah, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin)
  • Binder Lopez rides his bike under a fallen traffic signal caused by high Santa Ana winds at the corner of Lake Avenue and Claremont Street, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Pasadena, Calif. Some of the fiercest winds in years slam California and move across the West, with gusts near 100 mph flipping trees and trucks, snarling air traffic and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)
  • A van parked in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles and another car are shown damaged by trees early Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 as high Santa Ana winds up to 50 and 60 MPH tore through the southland. The high winds flipped over trees and trucks and knocked out power to more than 300,000 California customers. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
  • A photographer shoots a picture of a crushed car with the stump of the tree that fell on it and a broken light pole in the background in Ogden, Utah after a wind storm on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. High winds ripping through Utah have overturned several semi-trucks, knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers and prompted school closures. (AP Photo/Standard-Examiner, Robert Johnson)
  • A worker trims a tree and helps clean up the damage caused by a fallen tree because of high winds at a Shell gas station, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Pasadena, Calif. Some of the fiercest winds in years slam California and move across the West, with gusts near 100 mph flipping trees and trucks, snarling air traffic and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)
  • A worker trims a tree and helps clean up the damage caused by a fallen tree because of high winds at a Shell gas station, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Pasadena, Calif. Some of the fiercest winds in years slam California and move across the West, with gusts near 100 mph flipping trees and trucks, snarling air traffic and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)
  • A passerby looks at the damage to two of five cars damaged or destroyed by three huge trees toppled ealry Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 by winds estimated to be in the 50 to 60 MPH range, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/MIke Meadows)
A rare storm system working its way from the west coast has caused millions of dollars in damage, left many without power and spurred fires from California to Colorado. According to USA Today, wind speeds reached as high as 123 miles per hour, or the equivalent of a category three hurricane. In Eldorado County, California, a total of seven fires burnt more than 130 acres as the harsh winds whipped fueled the flames. In Southern California alone, 350,000 people lost power due to downed lines. Of that number, 270,000 were still in the dark as of Friday morning.

Meanwhile, in Utah, authorities temporarily closed Interstate 15 after ten semi trucks toppled over in the heavy gusts. Meteorologists are calling the wind storm one of the worst in recent history, and while the winds have died down significantly since they first made landfall, the storms are expected to make their way toward Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana. Hang on tight.

Scroll through our above image gallery to see some of the automotive carnage that resulted from this storm system.


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