Power outages, downed tree limbs reported in metro area

DENVER - Xcel Energy is reporting thousands of customers woke up without power Friday morning as gusty winds, rain and snow hit various parts of Colorado.

As of 6:00 a.m., the utility's power outage map showed a total of 54 outages.

At the peak earlier Friday morning, over 19,000 customers were without power. By 11:40 a.m., only a few hundred customers were still in the dark.

About 1,000 of the affected customers were in the Grand Junction area. The rest were in the Denver metro and Boulder areas.

Xcel spokesman Gabriel Romero said the outages were all caused by tree limbs falling on power lines. Crews have made progress repairing the large-impact outages, but are still working to clear up numerous smaller outages.

7NEWS photographers are also reporting downed tree limbs as they canvass local roads for damage. One limb fell and narrowly missed crushing a red pickup truck.

"This is wild. I've seen some high winds here since we've moved in and this ranks among probably the highest. I think this is probably the most damaging," said John MIkus, who owns the truck.

"I said, 'Oh my God look Ray,' we have to call the insurance see what’s going to happen here, it’s awful," said Agnes Hernandez, recalling what she said to her husband.

The 247 Weather Center reports the storm is quickly moving north and east of Colorado this morning, but today will remain unsettled.

The biggest issue for the Front Range and the foothills will be very strong winds that will continue through today.  A High Wind Warning is in effect until 9am this morning for the foothills, the Palmer Divide and for a few towns on the west side of the Metro Area.  We've seen gusts well over 50 mph overnight.

The mountains can expect areas of blowing snow through early Friday morning and that could lead to some tough driving conditions.   By morning, Denver, east of Sheridan can expect winds gusting to near 50 mph.

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