Residents of the region may have received a reprieve from last week's hot, humid weather, but it came at a price. When a cold front came through the area the afternoon of July 21, it brought with it a line of severe thunderstorms. The storms tracked west to east across a wide portion of Vermont. Nature's violence knocked out electrical power to more than 11,500 CVPS customers including Rutland and Addison counties.
Rutland County was hit hardest by the thunderstorms, according to CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers.
"About 7,100 customers were without power in Rutland County, 1,900 in Orange County and 1,200 in Windsor County, with 300 in Addison and 450 out in Chittenden County - with scattered outages throughout the state," said Rivers.
Chittenden County was hit hard earlier in the afternoon in an erratic line from Charlotte to Hinesburg.
Crews were in the field July 21 during the evening hours to remove downed trees and limbs from the storm front's high winds - some gusts exceeded 52 mph. Crews had to deal with the downed trees before they could get at power lines.
"Crews reported having to pull over to the side of the road due to high winds bringing down trees and limbs, and heavy rain and hail severely reducing visibility. Many CV workers reported trees and limbs down everywhere," said Rivers.
Crews worked into the early morning hours of July 22 to restore power.