- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - A gusty thunderstorm toppled hundreds of trees and stranded dozens of tourists for several hours on roads and elsewhere in Grand Teton National Park.

The trees came down about 6 p.m. Monday. More than 150 cottonwood, aspen and lodgepole pine trees fell onto roads including Teton Park, Moose-Wilson and Signal Mountain Summit.

Nobody was reported hurt.

“That’s really impressive when you consider the number of trees that went down,” park spokesman Andrew White said Tuesday.

Those stranded included about 20 visitors who had driven up Signal Mountain and couldn’t drive back down. At around 7,600 feet, Signal Mountain is a relatively small summit that offers a scenic overlook of surrounding Jackson Hole.

The popular Jenny Lake area, including Jenny Lake Lodge, also was cut off from the rest of Grand Teton. Not everybody at Jenny Lake late Monday was trying to get elsewhere, however.

Crews cleared downed trees and power lines from roads, and no drivers remained stranded as of 11 p.m. Power outages continued to affect employee housing areas Tuesday.

The thunderstorm responsible for the weather packed winds over 50 mph, but it didn’t have a lot of rain or lightning, White said.

Soil made soggy by recent rains made it easier for the trees to blow over, he said.

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