Winds leave 21,000 without electricity in Colorado
Published: October 17, 2012 12:53PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 12:54PM

Denver • More than 21,000 electricity customers are without power in the Denver area and northern Colorado after a powerful wind storm.

Xcel Energy says the blackouts affected about 50,000 customers in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Crews restored service to most by midday Wednesday.

The company expects to have everyone online Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service expects sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph possible across eastern Colorado on Wednesday.

The wind and low humidity prompted forecasters to issue a red flag warning for eastern and southeastern Colorado, meaning the danger of fire is very high to extreme.