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Storm rips through Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

"The rain was just coming down in buckets. All of a sudden-- kaboom! The tree went down and my power went out and that was the end of that," George Reid said.

A summer storm ripped through Burlington Tuesday night with a fury that left thousands of homes in the dark.

Reid lives on Howard Street, where the limbs from a massive toppled tree landed on his roof.

"The stump is like I would say at least 2.5-feet across. It snapped that thing right in half," Reid said.

First responders spent the overnight hours trying to secure the scene.

"It seems to have hit a telephone pole and the wires are quite taut as you can see they're pulling on the traffic light, said Wallace Kenyon of Burlington.  

It wasn't just Howard Street hit hard by the storm. The Burlington Fire Department responded to a dozen calls of downed power lines and branches across the city.

"With the trees that are down, those are unstable, don't be crawling underneath to get from one side to the other," said Dep. Chief Dave Roberts from Burlington Fire Dept. 

Roberts says they're not the only things folks need to avoid after the storm.

"People need to be mindful, never consider a power lines to be dead. Burlington Electric is there doing the best they can to clear all these lines and make sure they are shut off," said Roberts.

Wallace Kenyon was at the movies when the storm hit. He came home to find an old maple tree narrowly missed his ride.

"There is another tree on the other side of this block in the other spot where we normally park, so it's a double almost close call," said Kenyon.

But Reid says others parked nearby weren't as lucky.

"The roof is flattened, poor guy. I don't think he is going to be too happy unless he already knows, that car I think might be going to the junkyard," said Reid. 

Officials say they'll spend much of the day assessing and responding to damage across the city.

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