Green Mountain Power Prepares for “Intense” Weather

Woodstock Early Birds, yes, indeedy, if you couldn’t tell from the summer muggies, we are set up for more turbulent weather this afternoon and into the rest of the week.

So here is the National Weather Service Outlook issued earlier today, followed by a press release from Green Mountain Power:

337 AM EDT TUE JUN 25 2013

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN NEW YORK...CENTRAL
VERMONT...NORTHEAST VERMONT...NORTHWEST VERMONT AND SOUTHERN
VERMONT.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS
NORTHERN NEW YORK THIS MORNING...AND INCREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE
AND INTENSITY BY NOON TODAY. SOME STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME
STRONG TO SEVERE BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON AS THEY INTERACT WITH
SURFACE HEATING AND INSTABILITY ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY. THE
PRIMARY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WILL BE LOCALIZED STRONG AND
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND HAIL UP TO ONE INCH IN DIAMETER ASSOCIATED
WITH THESE MULTIPLE STORMS. IN ADDITION...LOCALIZED VERY HEAVY
RAINFALL IS LIKELY...WHICH MAY CAUSE ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING AND
MINOR POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS. THE THUNDERSTORMS
SHOULD WEAKEN BY SUNSET.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

THE THREAT FOR ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS IS LIKELY WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. GIVEN THE
RECENT RAINFALL AND SATURATED SOILS...THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH
FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...SHARP
RISES ON LOCAL STREAMS AND RIVERS ARE LIKELY...WITH THE POTENTIAL
FOR SOME MINOR MAIN STEM FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MAYBE
NEEDED FOR LATER THIS WEEK.

And now more from our local utility Green Mountain Power:

GMP PREPARES FOR PERIOD OF INTENSE WEATHER;

OUTAGES EXPECTED

COLCHESTER, VT….Green Mountain Power is prepared for several days of severe weather that are expected to cause outages across the state.

 As intense storms approach the region, Green Mountain Power warns of the possibility of significant power outages this evening and throughout the week, along with the potential of flooding.

 “The combination of weather conditions tonight is likely to cause significant outages in the region,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP corporate spokesperson. “High winds, soggy ground and very intense lightning all bring the threat of widespread outages over the next few days as trees topple over, branches blow into lines and lightning strikes equipment.”

 GMP is scheduling staff and contract crews to be available to throw a massive effort at any outages, yet have fresh crews available when the next day’s storm hits.

 “Because we serve nearly three-quarters of the state, we can bring in staff from other parts of the state to reinforce local crews in areas that are hit hard. That enables us to restore power faster than ever,” said Schnure.

 Safety is always a top priority during summer storms. GMP cautions people to stay away from any downed lines or lines tangled in trees as they may be energized and dangerous.  Green Mountain Power also observed that it has seen an increase in lightning activity and pointed out the dangers of being outdoors when lightning is present.

 “Most importantly, we want our customers and employees to be safe. We urge people to stay indoors when lightning is present, and if they see lines down to keep people away and to call GMP,” Schnure added.

 The company is drawing down water reservoirs in anticipation of heavy rains, and noted that weather forecasts highlight the potential for flooding through the end of the week.  “Vermonters should be cautious around any waterways over the next several days, and should stay tuned to local radio stations for updated forecasts,” Schnure said.

 Customers may report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com or mobile enhanced atm.greenmountainpower.com, or by clicking the “Power Out?” button on GMP’s Facebook site.

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