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Powerful winds bring down trees, damage buildings, close roads

DENVER -- High winds brought down trees and power lines and closed roads in parts of the Denver metro area on Tuesday afternoon.

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Part of the steel roof blew off of a building near 14th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver.

The wind knocked a semitruck over on the ramp from Colorado Highway 7 to northbound Interstate 25.

The Colorado Department of Transportation put a high wind restriction for high-profile vehicles in place on I-25 between 120th Avenue to the Wyoming border.

Blowing dirt, dust and debris along the corridor caused poor visibility.

Interstate 76 was closed in both directions at Wiggins because of high winds and poor visibility.

Visibility was low near Denver International Airport.

DIA officials said there were flight delays and passengers should check flight status with their airlines.

The wind uprooted and blew a large tree over onto a house in Northglenn.

Another tree was blown over at Fifth Avenue and Downing Street in Denver.

The Denver Fire Department responded to a fire involving shrubs and other plants on top of a one-story building at 19th and Larimer streets in downtown.

19th and Larimer fire. Photo: Denver Fire Department

Video shows what the drive north of Lafayette in Boulder County was like Tuesday afternoon.