Canadian crews crossing the border/Photo Courtesy: GMP
Widespread power outages across the region are likely because of the high winds expected during Hurricane Sandy.
Green Mountain Power and other utilities are reminding people what to do in the event of a downed power line near your home. They say even if power is out at your house, the downed line could still be live. They say the safe thing to do is contact your utility company to alert them and allow crews to assess the situation.
"The ultimate danger is death upon contact. Even if you don't contact it and you're close enough to it, you could still receive a shock from the line. So you want to make sure you just keep your distance from the line and just treat it as if it was live," said GMP's Jeremy Baker.
GMP, Public Service of New Hampshire and NYSEG have brought in line crews from Canada and as as far away as Tennessee.
The storm is expected to start affecting southern Vermont by early Monday afternoon, with potentially hurricane-force winds starting later in the day. Vt. Emergency Management officials plan to brief the media at 11 a.m. Monday.
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