Fort Carson issues shelter-in-place order for high winds

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — People at Fort Carson were ordered to shelter in place on Monday morning because of high winds and adverse weather conditions.

The order came as high winds blew through the Colorado Springs area, with Pikes Peak recording a peak gust of 93 mph. A peak wind gust of 101 mph was reported at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base.

People should not go outside unless there’s an emergency.

“Avoid areas with numerous windows. Stay away from power lines, trees and signage as well as high profile areas. Do not drive if you have a high profile vehicle. If you or someone near you is injured immediately call 911,” according to the order.

The winds took down giant trees, and damaged vehicles and homes.

The winds caused downed power lines, power outages and several vehicle rollovers across the Colorado Springs region. There were also several transformer explosions, but no major fires were reported.

The El Paso County Courthouse was evacuated because of wind damage on the roof. The city’s bus service, Mountain Metro Transit, suspended operations on all routes until the winds subsided.

Highway 115 was closed between South Academy Boulevard and Fremont County because of downed power lines.

A Ramblin Express charter bus overturned on Highway 115 near South Academy Boulevard. The driver was the only person on board and was not injured, officials said.

Several semitrucks tipped over because of the dangerous winds. Other semitrucks were parking under bridges to avoid being tipped over.

Colorado Springs Utilities reported 14,000 customers were without power at one point. No injuries have been reported.

The strong winds are expected to last through the day in southern Colorado.

School District 49, School District 11 in Colorado Springs and the El Paso County public information officer outlined how the strong winds affected day-to-day life in Colorado Springs.

School District 11 tweeted that school bus service to take students home from school would be suspended because the Colorado State Patrol banned the vehicles from roads. Notifications to parents of students were distributed.

About an hour later, District 11 resumed service.

Wind gusts up to 90 mph were recorded in Jefferson and Boulder counties on Monday morning, leading to power outages in the area.