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Blizzard Downs Trees, Blamed For Power Outages

DENVER (CBS4)- The blizzard has resulted in more than 200,000 customers without power as of around 2 p.m. Xcel Energy officials have since updated that number to about 186,000 at around 3 p.m.

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Blowing winds combined with rain and snow are being blamed for several downed trees in the Denver metro area.

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Xcel says there are about 2,500 outages in the state, and this will be a "multi-day recovery effort." They say 143,000 customers still didn't have power at around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, but power has been restored for 287,000 customers.

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Xcel Energy said they have extra crews in the field to survey the damage and restore power.

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The scene in Denver at East 9th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. (credit: CBS)

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There were downed trees in Aurora and also a tree that fell on a vehicle at 1st and Knox Avenue.

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