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7/19/2013
Storm Causes Power Outages
Photo by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland
A VEC crew and a crew contracted from Energized Line work on powerlines on Pleasant Street in Newport City Thursday after a powerful thunderstorm caused significant damage in the area on Wednesday evening.
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Photo by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland

A VEC crew and a crew contracted from Energized Line work on powerlines on Pleasant Street in Newport City Thursday after a powerful thunderstorm caused significant damage in the area on Wednesday evening.

Jennifer Hersey Cleveland
Staff Writer

Severe thunderstorms ravaged the Orleans County area over Wednesday evening, knocking branches onto power lines, uprooting trees and scattering debris.

At the height of the storm, about 10,000 customers of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) were without power, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Gamache.

By late Wednesday night, all but 2,000 customers had their power back, and by 6 a.m. Thursday, the number was down to 250. Fewer than 50 customers experiencing outages caused by the storm were still without power at 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Another 40 lost their power Thursday, she said.

Gamache said she expected full restoration by dark. Those in isolated areas were expected to have to wait just a bit longer than others.

VEC crews, along with contracted crews from other businesses, worked throughout the night, morning, and early afternoon to restore power.

The most significant damage was reported in Newport, Derby and Island Pond, Gamache wrote in a press release.

Gamache said a weather report indicated that another thunderstorm, originally expected to come through the region Thursday night, was changing its path.




"So I'm less worried today than I was yesterday," Gamache said.

"We're keeping a close eye on our system and weather. Generally speaking, storms are expected to track from northwest to southeast. That could be good for our service territory. On the other hand, the weather may produce scattered thunderstorms or microbursts and it's difficult to know where these will crop up," Gamache said.

VEC's control center operates 24/7 and line workers and other staff will be on standby if needed, she said.







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