Strong, Gusty Winds Knock Out Power to More Than 13,800 Customers as Storm Begins to Roll Across Vermont
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Tropical Storm Isaias reached Vermont late this afternoon, bringing damaging winds that tore down trees and powerlines, knocking out power to more than 11,500 customers mostly in Bennington and Windham Counties. The storm is forecasted to roll north and exit Vermont around midnight. GMP is urging customers to be safe, be prepared in case of outages, and stay away from any downed lines or trees.
“We are responding as quickly and safely as possible for customers given the ongoing severe weather. The storm is just beginning here in Vermont and customers should be mindful of safety as the rain and wind continues,” said Mike Burke, Chief of Field Operations for GMP.
GMP has been tracking the forecast for this storm and preparing for days. The forecasted track of this storm shifted over the last 36 hours, bringing a greater threat of damaging winds statewide, as the storm moves further inland. Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York state counties south of Vermont have seen significant damage from this storm’s winds.
Customers can read GMP’s storm preparation and safety tips online and you can sign up for text alerts. Customers can report outages online, through the GMP app, or by calling (888) 835-4672. Call 911 for a medical emergency.
GMP crews have been following extra health and safety precautions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including traveling in separate vehicles, wearing masks, and physical distancing whenever possible. GMP is also encouraging customers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from crews, following CDC social distancing guidelines.
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Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019 and 2020 GMP was named “One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award in 2019.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
“We are responding as quickly and safely as possible for customers given the ongoing severe weather. The storm is just beginning here in Vermont and customers should be mindful of safety as the rain and wind continues.Mike Burke, GMP Chief of Field Operations