Sandy Update #9: GMP Reports Power Outages

As of 830pm Woodstock has been fortunate to continue to have power. However that has not been the case for all of Windsor County and Vermont.

Here is an update from Green Mountain Power:

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy unleashed high winds across parts of Vermont this evening, knocking out power to more than 22,500 Green Mountain Power customers.  More than half have already been restored.
 
More outages are expected to occur throughout the night and into Tuesday before the storm slowly begins to pull away. A High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
 
“We’ve been making great progress in restoring service so far, but we’ll undoubtedly take many more hits before the worst of the storm is over,” GMP spokesman Jeremy Baker said. “We’ve already measured winds at our Searsburg wind site at over 70 miles an hour.”
 
As of 8 p.m., crews have restored service to 11,864 customers; 10,595 customers remain without service. Problems were sporadic throughout the day, before winds picked up early in the evening, especially along the slopes of the Green Mountains.
 
“The storm took longer to arrive than expected, but the winds in some areas are causing significant problems, as forecast,” Baker said.  “We have extensive damage in many areas, including broken poles, downed lines and tree damage.”
 
Some of the worst damage was in Bennington, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties, which together accounted for nearly 90 percent of the outages so far. Scattered outages were reported in other areas.
 
Forecasters say gusty winds are expected to continue through the night, and will remain blustery through Tuesday.
 
“One of our guys in Wallingford said every 10 or 15 minutes you’ll get a gust that will pull the helmet right off your head,” GMP Emergency Response Director Scott Massie said. “He said you can hear it coming.”
 

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