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Windy weather is reminder of damaging storm in 2012

DENVER — Monday is expected to be a windy day across most of the state, bringing back memories of a big wind storm that hit Colorado on the same date in 2012.

DENVER — Wind gusts reached 40 mph in lower elevations of Colorado on Monday morning. In the mountains, gusts of 50 mph were possible with gusts of 80 mph above the timberline.

This follows several days of unseasonably warm and windy weather along the Front Range, which is creating “critical fire weather conditions” across northern and northeastern Colorado, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a red flag warning for the foothills, eastern Plains and the high mountain valleys, and a high wind warning for the mountains.

On Oct. 17, 2012 a brief but powerful windstorm blew across the urban corridor and adjacent Plains during the evening.

Peak wind gusts ranging from 58 mph to 71 mph downed trees and power lines, damaging homes and vehicles. Several temporary structures were also damaged.

Approximately 50,000 homes were left without power in the Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley areas.

Some schools were closed the next day until power could be restored.