Trees blown over, power out as winds hit NE Denver

DENVER - A microburst hit areas of northeast Denver Thursday evening, toppling trees and knocking out power and traffic lights in some areas.

The Denver Office of Emergency Management said no injuries have been reported so far.  It identifies possible areas impacted as 17th Avenue and Monaco Parkway as well as the 4900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. A large tree was knocked over in the street at 47th Avenue and St. Paul Street.

"Suddenly the rain came in certain areas -- sideways -- and trees started bending and branches started falling and then it ended," said one woman. "I mean it was over in a minute." 

Xcel Energy reported 700 without power at 8:40 p.m. Crews are working to restore power to those affected. The outages were expected to be repair before midnight.  See the current Xcel Outage Map here: http://ch7ne.ws/16qAlpv

7NEWS Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson confirmed 50 mph dry microburst activity in the area at about 6:30 p.m.

"A microburst is a downdraft (sinking air) in a thunderstorm that is less than 2.5 miles in scale. Although microbursts are not as widely recognized as tornadoes, they can cause comparable, and in some cases, worse damage than some tornadoes produce.  In fact, wind speeds as high as 150 mph are possible in extreme microburst cases," according to the National Weather Service.

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