Storm and Wind Gusts Could Be As Strong as May 4th Storm That Led to Statewide Outages and Multi-Day Restoration
26 September 2018
COLCHESTER, Vt. – GMP is alerting customers that crews are ready to respond to possible outages this afternoon and evening as thunderstorms are forecasted to hit Vermont. Forecasters say the line of storms is ahead of a cold front and it could pack strong winds with gusts that could top 50 MPH in some spots.
The forecast is similar to the thunderstorms that hit Vermont on May 4th, when strong winds tore down trees and powerlines, impacting more than 40,000 customers. Line crews and tree crews are ready to respond if the storm causes outages. Forecasters expect the severe weather to hit northwestern Vermont starting this afternoon and it should roll out of the eastern side of the state tonight around 8pm.
“Our priority is keeping the public safe and responding quickly to get the lights back on. We continue to monitor conditions and crews are ready. We will update customers on Facebook, Twitter and media announcements,” said Kristin Kelly, GMP’s Director of Communications.
GMP is reminding customers to be safe and stay away from all downed lines or trees. Customers can report and track outages in GMP’s online Outage Center which has an interactive map with real-time details about where an outage is, when it was reported and estimated restoration times. Customers may also report outages by calling (888) 835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.gmpsnapshot.greenmountainpower.com.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 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 was the only utility named to Fast Company’s 2018 list of Most Innovative Companies for Energy and 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. J.D. Power’s 2018 rankings also put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power