SOUTHERN COLORADO - Power outages struck thousands of southern Colorado residents on Monday.
A wind storm swept through the part of the state starting in the early morning hours and continued to wreak havoc throughout the day.
As of 8 p.m., there were 276 active outages according to Colorado Springs Utility and around 5,900 customers were affected.
Winds measured anywhere from 50 to 100 mph across the Pikes Peak Region were knocking down trees which in turn fell onto power lines. Vehicles were also pushed across roadways and into electricity polls.
CSU will work through the night to restore power to affected customers, but due to the extent of the damage to utility infrastructures, the number of outages and wind conditions delaying the ability to make above-ground repairs, more complicated restoration efforts could go further into the week.
On Tuesday, CSU plans to have their workers along with the aid of crews from Xcel to help restore service, primarily in the southern area of the city, which was hit the hardest and may require more time to restore.
Customers without power are encouraged to visit the online outage map at www.csu.org for status updates.
San Isabel Electric also had thousands dealing with power outages. At around 4 p.m., 6,000 of its customers were without power due to high winds.
Outages began occurring at around 7 a.m. and continued to rise as the day went on.
The only areas not impacted were Walsenburg and Pueblo West.
According to San Isabel Electric, power for Rye, Apishapa and Aguilar will not be restored until Tuesday. RYE,
The company asks that if you have without power to call Outage Reporting at 1-800-279-7432.