More than 57,000 homes and businesses in metro Denver lose power as winds whip Colorado – The Denver Post

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More than 57,000 customers around metro Denver were without power Wednesday afternoon as winds gusting 90 mph and higher swept across the Front Range.
As of 1:40 p.m., Xcel Energy reported 629 outages affecting 57,671 customers around Denver. Statewide, there were 778 outage orders affecting 62,037 Xcel customers.
By 6:45 p.m., the numbers went down to 638 power outages in the metro area and 40,604 customers were impacted. As of 8 p.m. customers in the metro area without power was 34,907.
Colorado Springs Utilities reported 20,000 customers impacted by electric outages at about 1 p.m. and Black Hills Energy reported power outages in the Pueblo, Rocky Ford and Cañon City areas because of severe winds throughout the region.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder reported gusts up to 91 mph just after 10 a.m., with winds clocked between 50 mph and 71 mph elsewhere in the foothills.
The National Weather Service reported a gust of 107 mph in Lamar on Wednesday morning.
And the U.S. Air Force Academy airfield near Colorado Springs recorded 100 mph gusts just after 11:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
“Very dangerous conditions occurring across the Pikes Peak region at this time,” the weather service tweeted. “Please use extreme caution.”
100 mph gust just occurred at USAFA airfield! Once again, very dangerous conditions occurring across the Pikes Peak region at this time. Please use extreme caution! #cowx
— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) December 15, 2021

And just like that, peak gusts have now hit 91 mph at the NCAR Mesa Lab, and 81 mph at the National Wind Technology Center! #COwx
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 15, 2021

High wind restrictions are in place for parts of Interstate 25 near Monument Hill, as transportation authorities warn of long delays in the area.
Xcel Energy customers can report outages in a number of ways:
An outage map for Xcel customers in Colorado can be found here.
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