High winds cause power outages around Denver Saturday

Xcel says service has been restored in most cases.
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Leaves are airborne on a very windy day over Lincoln Street at Civic Center. Nov. 14, 2020.
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This windy Saturday has been causing outages in metro Denver and Boulder.

Xcel Energy said in a statement that roughly 3,000 to 5,000 residents lost power. The outages were all resolved in two hours. They were scattered across the metro area, from neighborhoods east of Colorado Boulevard and into Aurora to the Highlands on Denver's north side.

Another outage was reported in Boulder later in the day, with about 3,500 residents impacted. Crews are currently working to restore power according to the utility and expect it to be resolved by 3:30 this afternoon.

Other, much smaller, outages have been reported throughout the day near Denver International Airport, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Centennial and Highlands Ranch. With most of those, Xcel Energy reports just one to six customers impacted.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for the foothills west of the metro area through 6pm this evening, with peak gusts of 75 to 90 miles an hour.

The high winds caused more than just power outages. On Tennyson street, gusts brought down the sign on the old Green Door Furniture building. The building was gutted by a fire six years ago and is now on course to be redeveloped.

Outside of metro Denver, 138 residents in Golden and Evergreen were without power Saturday afternoon. Xcel Energy said crews are working to restore power to areas.

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