NEWPORT – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for areas of Vermont on Monday. Power outages and damage caused by downed trees and tree limbs are likely in the warning area.
The strongest winds will occur along the western slopes of the Green Mountains, impacting communities in Western Windham, Bennington, Rutland, Eastern Addison, Eastern Chittenden, and Eastern Franklin counties.
Other areas of Vermont will also see windy conditions throughout Monday.
The National Weather Service says 30 to 40 mph winds with gusts of 60 mph are expected in the warning area.
Isolated areas of Eastern Addison and Eastern Rutland counties could experience gusts as strong as 75 mph.
Vermont state agencies and utilities are preparing for scattered to widespread power outages due to strong winds, saturated soils, and some ice accumulation on tree limbs.
Those who encounter downed power lines should stay away and always assume lines are live.
Those clearing trees and debris should also ensure branches are not in contact with power lines.
Motorists should also respect all road detours should debris block roads.