High winds cause outages, school closure; thousands still without power
DENVER — About 40,000 were without power Tuesday night due to high winds that blew throughout the evening. Thousands were expected to experience outages into the afternoon Wednesday.
According to Excel Energy, the outages began at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday, with the bulk of the outages occurring between 11 p.m. and midnight.
The power company said it brought in extra crews overnight to deal with the outages. They were also expecting to increase the number of crews dealing with the issues at daybreak.
As of 6 a.m., Excel said as many as 30,000 customers were still without power, with about 9,800 of them being in the Denver metro area and another 1,000 in the Greeley and Fort Collins areas. A full restoration of services for those customers was expected by sometime Wednesday afternoon.
At approximately 6:30 a.m., Diane Leiker with Littleton Public Schools confirmed that Arapahoe High School will be closed Wednesday due to similar power outages.