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Utility crews cleaning up storm damage

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High winds swept through the state and left about 20,000 customers without power. Green Mountain Power has been out since Tuesday night working to restore power to a majority of customers, but some are still waiting.

Tuesday night's storm swept through the state leaving thousands in the dark.

"It actually shook our trailer, which scared me to pieces," Kaira Mangan said.

It wasn't long before wires fell to the ground and trees began to snap right in front of Mangan's home on Thistle Hill Road in Cabot.

"We've lived here 10 years and this is the longest we've ever been without power," said Mangan.

It's a scene that can be found up and down the streets of many towns. Some 30,000 customers statewide lost power, including 4,000 in Washington County.

"We had a pretty major storm, high winds that broke three of the poles within a 2-mile radius. Guess just a pretty good gust of wind came through here and lightning, and we lost a lot of customers all in one shot," said David Champney, a GMP line worker.

As crews repaired downed lines in Plainfield, 50 customers on Hillside Avenue in Barre were also restored, but GMP crews were far from finished.

"This was time consuming, so it takes a while," said Champney.

"It's just everywhere we go, we see a lot of trees down, a lot of wires, a lot of broken polices. It's not your typical thunder and lightning storm, a lot of wind damage," said Chet Farrell, a GMP line worker.

As the cleanup continues, Mangan still waits for power to be restored to her home.

"Obviously there are still power lines down in out driveway, so I don't know when we'll get it," said Mangan.

Green Mountain Power says most of those outages have been restored and only a handful of customers are still without power, but they hope to have all of their customers back on the grid by midnight.

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