High winds caused this branch to fall in Lakewood. (CREDIT: Byron Reed)
KUSA - It was a long, windy night for a lot of people along the western edges of Denver. Places like Golden, Grand Junction, Arvada, Boulder and Lakewood saw extensive wind damage also.
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Wind gusts measuring 60 and 70 mph brought down tree limbs and power lines.
More than 18,000 customers were affected by the 77 outages, according to the Xcel Energy outage map.
Xcel Energy said the biggest obstacle for getting power restored to customers was the amount of vegetation. There were lots of downed trees, so crews had to remove the branches before they could work on repairing the lines.
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