High winds knock out power for thousands in Vermont

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High winds have knocked out power to thousands of residents of the Northeast this afternoon.

In Vermont, Central Vermont Public Service was reporting that power was out to 13,000 people.

Many of the CVPS outages were in Rutland and Bennington County, but CV said almost every district was being affected.

At Green Mountain Power Corporation, 3,800 customers were without power in the late afternoon, although spokeswoman Dottie Schnure said the number was changing every 10 minutes.

She said the Mad River Valley and parts of Windham County were getting the brunt of the storm so far.

Both utilities said additional power outages were expected well into the evening.

Because of the high winds and an anticipated severe drop in temperatures Vermont Emergency Management was ready to open shelters for those who need them.

The Public Service Company of New Hampshire reported nearly 70,000 homes and businesses were without power all over the state.

The utility says it expects outages to continue into the evening, and it doesn’t expect all the power to be restored until sometime during the weekend.

Trees have fallen on houses and streets in Hanover, Claremont, New London, Newport, Plainfield, Meriden, Enfield and other towns.

And in Saratoga, New York, a Department of Transporation worker was killed when a tree fell on his truck on a road at Saratoga Spa State Park.

In Vermont, the telephone number for emergency management is 1-800-736-5530 for those who need shelter.

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