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Windstorm Leaves Thousands of Colorado Residents Without Power

Wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph contributed to multiple power outages across the Colorado Springs area that left thousands without power and resulted in multiple school closures on Monday.

Thousands of Colorado Springs, Colo., residents were without electricity Monday, May 6, after a windstorm ripped through the Pikes Peak region, according to Colorado Springs Utilities.

As of 7:30 a.m., wind gusts of 40-60 mph had contributed to multiple power outages, with about 10,000 customers affected, according to the utilities website.

The number of affected customers was down to around 6,700 as of 11:15 a.m.

Most of the outages have taken place west of Interstate 25, Utilities said. Broadmoor, Ivywild, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs and Green Mountain Falls are among the hardest hit.

"Our electric troubleshooters and cable technicians are in full deployment to focus on power restoration efforts, and also our construction crews have been deployed as needed to assist with these restorations," Utilities spokesman Jay Anderson said at a press conference held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management office, to address the regional weather response.

Winds were still too strong Monday for Utilities officials to respond to certain calls requiring bucket trucks, so crews are responding to many of the power outages remotely, he said.

Downed lines and power outages have resulted in multiple school closures. The Cheyenne Mountain and Manitou Springs school districts have both canceled classes Monday. The Mountain Song Community School and The Colorado Springs School are also both closed.

Fire on Cheyenne Mountain

A fire is burning on Cheyenne Mountain, according to a social media post by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The Broadmoor Fire Department is the lead agency working on the fire, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The size and location of the fire are not known, according to Gazette news partner KOAA. No pre-evacuations have been issued.

More Fires Reported

At least two small fires had also been reported in the region, including one reported near Skyway Park Elementary School on Mercury Drive around 6:45 a.m. A pre-evacuation warning was also sent to residents in the lower part of Crystal Park neighborhood in Manitou Springs, due to a fire near 1150 Scrub Oak Drive. Officials said the warning had been lifted during the Monday morning press conference.

Colorado Springs police and fire departments have taken numerous emergency calls regarding the windstorm and have requested that residents do not call 911 to report outages.

Technicians are working to restore power, but safety concerns might cause delays in some areas, Utilities officials said.

Colorado Springs Utilities' in-house wildland fire team is assisting the Colorado Springs Fire Department and other agencies who request help to cut tree limbs and is also responding to reports of downed power lines, downed trees and small grassfires, Colorado Springs Fire Department spokeswoman Ashley Franco said Monday morning.

The Forecast

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Colorado Springs and surrounding areas as gusts range between 40-60 mph, with higher gusts expected west of the interstate through at least noon today.

Breezy conditions are forecast to continue through Tuesday, according to the Weather Service.

For updates on power restoration, visit

Colorado Springs Airport

One incoming flight has been canceled and a handful of others delayed at the Colorado Springs Airport on Monday, according to Flight Aware. Arrival and departure updates can be found here.

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