posted at 4:08 pm Thu Feb 25th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The National Weather Service has forecast high winds, snow, and rain to fall at various times in sections of Vermont over the next 48 hours.
Wind gusts of over 40 miles-per-hour are expected to blow over trees and power lines already weighed down by snow. Snow and rain are also expected along western and southern areas of the state.
Thousands of people remain without power and thousands more are expected to lose power overnight Thursday and into Saturday. The shelter at Brattleboro Union High School will remain open Thursday night for those in need of a warm place to stay. There will also be a shelter tonight in Randolph at Vermont Technical College's SHAPE facility; that will open at 5pm. The shelter in Rutland has closed. However, as conditions worsen more shelters could open. Vermont Emergency Management will notify the public if and when that happens.
Vermonters are urged to stay tuned to local radio and TV stations and internet resources for up-to-date weather information. The National Weather Service Burlington forecast site is http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/btv/
For road conditions, go to www.511vt.com or call 511. Those in need of shelter or other personal resources can call 211. 211 is a service of the United Way.
Important information for the public to remember during this or any storm:
* The elderly and those with special needs should contact their local power company and local community officials prior to the storm to alert them of those needs in the event of a power outage.
* As always, it is advisable to have an emergency preparedness kit on hand with some or all of the following items:
o Flashlights and batteries in your home and car;
o A battery-powered radio or NOAA weather radio to listen for advisories;
o Bottled water; 1 gallon per person, per day is advised;
o Non-perishable food for the home and car;
o A first aid kit.
* If power is lost and you run a generator, it is important that the generator is outdoors; an improperly operated generator can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning; check your owner's manual before operating a generator.
* If you come across a downed power line, do not touch it; treat every power line as if it were live. If you have fallen trees, do not touch the trees until you are SURE it is clear of power lines.
* Additional snowfall will also add more weight to rooftops. If you can do so safely, remove snow from your roof, or call a professional to do it for you. If you use a roof rake, please be sure you are clear of all power lines as the rake can conduct electricity and cause electrocution.
* Wet snowfall like we have had can also clog culverts and lead to localized flooding. If you have a culvert on your property and can clear it, it may be advantageous to do so.
Any towns that may need assistance during the storm are encouraged to call Vermont Emergency Management at 800-347-0488.
For more information, the media can call Vermont Emergency Management at 800-347-0488.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)