Power could be off for at least a day or more for 191,000

DENVER -- Thousands of people lost power in the Denver metro area on Wednesday as a blizzard slammed the state.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday the Xcel Energy outage map reported nearly 25,000 outages affecting more than 191,000 customers. Restoration could take a day or more.

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Most of the outages were being reported in Denver and Adams counties.

Power started going out about 10 a.m., Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz said, adding there are about 500 employees and contractors working to get the power restored.

There were several reports of several downed power lines across the metro area and roads were hazardous, making restoration difficult, Stutz said.

A blizzard warning is in effect until midnight Wednesday for the Interstate 25 corridor and on the eastern Plains.

A wind gust of 80 mph was recorded at Denver International Airport and traffic will be difficult throughout the day and into the evening.

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