(CBS4) – Strong winds that blew through Colorado on Saturday knocked down trees and power lines and knocked out power for tens of thousands on the Front Range. The power outages were scattered across the Denver metro area as well in some areas to the north including Weld County.
The line of storms spanned the entire state top to bottom during the day with some winds reaching hurricane strength, which is 74 mph and higher.
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At approximately 8:30 p.m., Xcel Energy’s outage map showed more than 1,000 outages, which was affecting 44,400 customers. Xcel officials said every available crew was working to restore power on Saturday night. Power outages were also located in the southwestern section of Weld County.
Officials warn that anyone who sees a downed power line should not touch it. They should assume it’s a live wire and call 911.