- First storm Tuesday evening into Wednesday, second storm forecasted Friday into Saturday
- Be alert to changing conditions in your area
- In addition to internal crews, GMP has more than doubled field force with external crews to help
- Safety tips are available at www.greenmountainpower.com/safety/
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging customers to plan ahead for damaging back-to-back regional storms that forecasters say will bring high winds, heavy wet snow, and rain across Vermont starting Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Watch for much of Vermont Tuesday evening through Wednesday with possible gusts above 65 MPH. This first storm is forecasted to be followed by a similar severe storm Friday evening through Saturday. In addition to internal GMP crews, GMP has more than doubled its field force with external crews.
“The high winds in these two storms are forecasted to be dangerous and damaging. We track multiple forecasts days in advance of weather events so we can respond as quickly as safely possible for customers and we are ready,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations. “We want customers to be safe, so think ahead and pay attention to changing conditions. Always stay far away from any downed trees or lines and assume they are energized.”
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 more than 270,000 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.
The high winds in these two storms are forecasted to be dangerous and damaging. We track multiple forecasts days in advance of weather events so we can respond as quickly as safely possible for customers and we are ready.Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations