GMP crews prepare for wind storm that could cause outages

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GMP crews prepare for wind storm that could cause outages

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Forecasters are saying a wind storm is set to swing through Vermont, causing power outages starting tonight. The high wind warning calls for gusts up to 60 mph that could bring down trees, branches and lines. The western side of the state is expected to bear the brunt of the winds. Green Mountain Power said in a statement that crews are prepared to ensure customer safety and get the power back on.

“We have our crews deployed around the state ready to respond and will also have extra crews available to help customers,” said Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power’s chief communications officer. “Our top priority is restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.”

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Forecasters say the strong winds could hit statewide, but specifically predict areas that will be most impacted will include Grand Isle, Chittenden, Franklin, Addison and Rutland counties.

“Safety is so important in storms that can bring down power lines,” said Carlson. “People should stay away from any downed lines, even if on the ground or tangled in trees, and keep children and pets from the area until GMP arrives, as a downed line can be energized and dangerous.” 

Green Mountain Power will provide updates on the storm on Facebook, Twitter and to the media. For storm safety tips go to: http://www.greenmountainpower.com/community/safety/be-safe-in-a-storm/

To get the latest information on outages and restoration times, customers can sign up for text service alerts, by texting REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or signing up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts. Customers can also sign up for GMP’s app to report outages with a touch of a finger at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for GMP. Customers may also report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com

Source: Green Mountain Power 1.10.2017

About Green Mountain Power Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with customers 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. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.