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Microburst swamps, sinks powerboats, jet skis at Lake Powell

One of the downed houseboats on Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo/@JimmyRex)

PAGE, Ariz. — A sudden, powerful downward gust of wind swamped or sank dozens of powerboats and jet skis Thursday at Lake Powell along the Arizona-Utah border.

Authorities said at least three people were injured with a 60-year-old woman suffering a severe arm injury that required amputation.

They said a 57-year-old woman suffered head and hip injuries while another person had a dislocated shoulder.

The National Weather Service said the 56 mph microburst swept through the region in about a minute accompanied by rain showers.

Page police Lt. Larry Jones said the wind knocked down trees across the city, and damaged some fencing, roofing and signs. He says the damage largely is cosmetic. No injuries were reported in the city.

At nearby Lake Powell, authorities said helicopters were transporting people off the lake.

The sheriff’s office said it’s assisting the National Park Service and Utah State Parks rangers.

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