Xcel: Power outages in Colorado could continue until Monday

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By journalsofus.com

DENVER (KDVR) – Xcel Energy said power outages for about 150,000 customers across Colorado could continue after Monday, April 8.

Dangerously strong winds hit the area on Saturday and Sunday, causing outages.

However, before the strongest winds began, Xcel preemptively shut off power to about 55,000 customers, primarily in Boulder County, as a safety measure to prevent wildfires.

About 100,000 additional customers also experienced power outages due to high winds.

Xcel told FOX31 that crews were outside assessing the damage and would begin working to restore power after the winds died down Sunday afternoon.

More than 600 miles of lines were part of the precautionary outage, and crews were required to visually inspect the lines to ensure they were safe before power could be restored.

Xcel told FOX31 that due to the number of customers without power, the restoration process would take time and could extend into Monday or even longer.

As of 10 a.m., Xcel reported 961 outages affecting 149,492 customers.

Jefferson County had the largest number of affected customers with more than 62,000.

Lakewood, Denver and Boulder suffered a significant number of outages, with each city reporting more than 15,000 customers affected.

FOX31 has a full list of cuts here.

Customers can check specific locations affected by outages using the Xcel outage map.

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