RUTLAND-Last week's double-whammy punch of thunderstorms across Rutland and Windsor counties knocked out power to more than 23,000 power customers, according to officials of the Canadian-owned utility CVPS.
Windham County took the hardest hit June 9, but damage was also spread through Windsor, Orange, Bennington and Rutland counties.
The round of heavy storms hit the area June 8-9 and caused the most power loss since winter storms caused outages, according to CVPS.
The towns of Windsor and Randolph each have more than 1,000 CVPS customers without power, among many towns hard hit in central and southern Vermont.
"The town of Brattleboro was the last to get hit this afternoon, and it was hit hard," CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said. "We have more than 3,400 customers without power in Brattleboro. The storm certainly left its mark on its way out."
Just as utility crews were wrapping up restoration efforts from June 8 storms, round two arrived on the afternoon of June 9. The June 9 storm knocked out power to an additional 12,000 CVPS customers.
"CVPS moved crews from its unaffected northern districts down to central and southern Vermont, and worked on acquiring outside contract crews," said Scott Massie, CVPS' storm manager, June 9. "Our crews and support staff continued to work through the night June 9 and into the morning June 10 to restore power."
CVPS transmission and distribution equipment, including overhead lines, were hit by violent winds and intense lightning during both storms. The June 9 storm toppled more trees than the previous day's storm.