More than 62,000 homes and businesses in metro Denver lose power as winds whip Colorado

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.

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 Canon City  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.”

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:

  • Via the Xcel Energy mobile app available on iOS and Android
  • Online at xcelenergy.com/out
  • Text ‘OUT’ to 98936 to report an outage, or text STAT to the same number to check the status of a power outage.
  • Call 1-800-895-1999 and follow the prompts — the automated phone reporting system lets customers report outages in less than 60 seconds. Once the cause of the problem is identified, the system or an Xcel Energy representative will provide customers with an estimated restoration time.

An outage map for Xcel customers in Colorado can be found here.

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