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.