- Forecasters calling for Heavy Wet Snow across the State
- High Wind Watch for western slopes of Green Mountains
- Be alert to changing conditions in your area
- GMP has more than doubled field force with external crews to assist GMP crews
- Safety tips are available at www.greenmountainpower.com/safety/
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers that forecasters are calling for accumulating wet snow, with higher amounts along the eastern slopes of the Green Mountains, and damaging winds to arrive back in Vermont starting Friday evening. Forecasters say gusts to 60 MPH are possible, especially along the western slopes of the Green Mountains which saw a damaging storm Tuesday night. In advance of that storm, GMP had more than doubled its field force with external crews to supplement its internal crews, and GMP is keeping those extra crews here to help.
“We’ve been watching this storm track with multiple forecasts for days leading up to this so we can be ready for customers, and we are,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations. “Safety is key. Forecasters are telling us this storm could impact the same areas of Vermont as Tuesday’s storm. Be alert to the changing conditions starting Friday night and stay far away from any downed lines or trees.”
GMP restored power to more than 42,000 customers since Tuesday’s storm, wrapping up work today. GMP’s service territory covers 75% of Vermont with about 275,000 customers, including very rural and remote areas of the state.
Here are safety reminders for before, during, and after storms:
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and changing conditions
- Keep your phone charged
- Have flashlights with fresh batteries, water and non-perishable food handy
- Stay far away from any downed lines
- Always assume downed lines and trees are energized – you cannot tell by looking at them
- Call GMP to report downed lines
- Call 911 for medical emergencies
- Call Vermont 211 for help with emergency housing and more
More storm preparation and safety tips are available on GMP’s website.
Using the GMP app is a convenient way to report outages, track restoration, and manage your GMP account. Signing up for GMP Text Alerts sends storm and restoration updates to your cellphone. You can also report outages through the Outage Center on GMP’s website or call 888-835-4672.
Extreme weather conditions and storms are growing increasingly common in Vermont and GMP has been working proactively by rapidly (1) undergrounding lines in many areas, (2) storm-hardening above ground lines with stronger cables, and (3) expanding energy storage, microgrids and resiliency zones.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power serves about 275,000 residential and business customers in Vermont with electricity that’s 100% carbon free and 80% renewable on an annual basis, and GMP is partnering with customers to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is providing solutions to cut carbon and is delivering electricity that is clean, affordable, and always on. 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. In 2022, GMP was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential Companies. Fast Company named GMP one of the top five Most Innovative Companies in North America in 2022. GMP also earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list in the energy sector four years in a row, and in 2023 and 2021 the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) honored GMP as a nationwide leader in energy transformation.
Safety is key. Forecasters are telling us this storm could impact the same areas of Vermont as Tuesday’s storm. Be alert to the changing conditions starting Friday night and stay far away from any downed lines or trees.Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations