Downed trees, power lines cause outages between Lakewood, Boulder

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A series of downed trees, branches and power lines due to windy conditions across the Front Range led to a series of power outages Friday morning.

Gusts of 70 to 85 mph were recorded in the Foothills west of Denver. Highway 93 in Jefferson County was closed during the morning commute because the winds were so strong.

According to an Xcel Energy spokesperson, over 16,000 customers were affected at the height of the issues early Friday morning. Power was later restored.

The spokesperson said that Xcel had called in extra crews to work with the issues being caused by the high winds.

FOX31 Denver weather tracker Daryl Orr was exploring the Lakewood and Boulder neighborhoods, and found at least one downed tree near the intersection of West Green Mountain Drive and South Union Boulevard.