Heavy Rain and Lightning Are Expected as Bands of Storms Move In Friday Afternoon and Evening
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers to be alert to possible thunderstorms statewide Friday afternoon and evening. Forecasters are calling for bands of lightning, heavy rain and the possibility of strong gusty winds as the storms move across the state from the west to east. GMP has been tracking multiple forecasts for days and will respond as quickly and safely as possible to any outages. There could be multiple rounds of storms through late tonight.
Travel could be hazardous and slow during this timeframe – lightning is never safe, strong winds can turn branches into projectiles, and the forecasted rain could also cause some localized road flooding. GMP is urging safety for customers and reminding them to stay away from any downed lines or trees. Also, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, GMP made operations adjustments to increase safety for customers and crews including physical distancing and masks. GMP is also encouraging customers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from crews, following CDC social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of everyone. Call GMP for assistance at (888) 835-4672, and call 911 for a medical emergency.
Customers can also report outages online.
Storm preparation and safety tips.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 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 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. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019 and 2020 GMP was named “One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award in 2019.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power