Reporter turns into Problem Solver in hurricane-force winds in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Hurricane-force winds whipping through the foothills knocked out power in Jefferson County, uprooted trees and caused flight delays at Denver International Airport on Wednesday.

A wind gust of 102 mph was recorded at 7:36 a.m. at the Rocky Flats National Wind Technology Center, the National Weather Service said. A 100 mph gust was recorded at Gold Hill and the NCAR Mesa lab reported a 94 mph gust at 7:25 a.m.

Gusts of more than 75 mph were recorded west of Denver and near 60 mph south of the city.

Xcel Energy reported up to 25,000 customers lost power. Crews worked to restore power throughout the day. A few thousand customers remained without power Thursday night.

Several large trees were uprooted in Golden and a semitruck tipped over on C-470 at Interstate 70. The driver suffered minor injuries.

Empty semitrucks and lightweight trailers were taken off Interstate 25 in Larimer and Weld counties because of the high winds.

At Denver International Airport, officials said high winds lead to delays of both inbound and outbound flights most of the day Wednesday.

The strong wind died down Wednesday evening. Breezy conditions were expected overnight but nothing like what happened earlier in the day.

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