High winds, winter weather delay flights in Denver

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DENVER (AP) -- Strong gusts have delayed flights in Denver, downed power lines and trees, and fueled two wildland fires in Boulder County.

Xcel Energy Inc. says about 33,000 customers have lost power in the Denver area, and it could be at least Friday or the weekend until all service is restored.

For part of the day Wednesday, flights arriving at Denver International Airport could only approach from the west as winds gusted up to 40 mph. That delayed arrivals an average of 1 1/2 hours before the wind shifted, allowing the airport to use all runways for takeoffs and landings.

A gust of 88 mph was recorded near Boulder, where a tree fell on a parked car. Two Boulder County fires prompted warnings to residents.