Strong winds cause power outages for 10,000 customers

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DENVER -- Strong winds knocked out power to about 10,000 customers in metro Denver late Thursday afternoon.

FOX31 Denver was one of them and did broadcast #NewsOffTheGrid live on Facebook at 5 p.m.

An Xcel Energy spokeswoman said most customers had power restored within an hour.

She said the power outages were caused by high winds. Xcel had a few downed power lines, but the biggest problems were debris in the lines and what's called "galloping conductors." That's when the wind blows lines together.

One part of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado had about 4,000 customers without power for five hours Thursday.

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