Power outages caused by Monday night storms impact 17,000 customers at peak

DENVER - Xcel Energy crews labored Tuesday to restore power to thousands of customers affected by the storms that slammed the metro area Monday night.

-- Power outage

A total of about 17,000 customers lost power overnight. But Xcel said it has restored power to about 13,400 customers by Tuesday morning. Most of the electrical outages were caused by falling trees damaging power lines, Xcel said.

-- Storm damage

"The wind took down two 30+ foot branches from our Cottonwood," Ashli Van De Weert wrote on the 7NEWS Facebook page. "Luckily it didn't hit our home but we thought it was a tornado!"

"Lost my favorite maple tree," Highlands Ranch resident Anna Grado said. Grado emailed a photo showing the uprooted tree lying across her yard and driveway.

7NEWS Photojournalist Pete Burd found serious storm damage in the University of Denver area.

A large tree snapped at the top of the trunk and the upper half of the tree landed on a car at East Vassar Avenue and South Humboldt Street.

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