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Early season snow knocks out power to thousands

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From The Boston Globe:

Heavy, wet snow topples trees, power lines

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press Writer | October 26, 2005

MONTPELIER, Vt. --An early season snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of heavy snow in the mountains, left 40,000 customers without power, and turned thoughts to skiing.

"The first snowstorm of the year is like a million-dollar advertising campaign," said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. The storm "will really catch people's attention and create some nice early buzz about skiing and other winter activities in Vermont," he said Wednesday.

The heavy, wet snow toppled trees and power lines Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. As the storm diminished, the situation only got worse. While damaged lines were repaired, more outages were reported from the strain of the wet snow.

"We had a perfect storm, unfortunately," said Steve Costello, spokesman for Central Vermont Public Service Corp., Vermont's largest electric utility, which reported 35,000 outages Wednesday at 10 a.m., up from 20,000 earlier in the morning. "We had heavy, wet snow like wet cement on top of trees that still had their leaves on and we have a loss of service for tens of thousands of customers throughout the state."


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In other news, people in West Virginia clearly do not read this site. Would somebody please forward them the link? Does anyone who reads this site actually think that this storm was a surprise?
From USA Today:

Surprise snowstorm shuts down roads, schools
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A surprise, early-season storm hammered northern West Virginia on Tuesday, coating trees thick with fall foliage in a wet, heavy snow that broke limbs, then snapped power lines and left tens of thousands across the state with no heat.

The storm broke at least two snowfall records for October, closed schools in 10 counties and triggered a state of emergency in hard-hit Preston County, where many unplowed roads were clogged with tree limbs and deep slush.

Some 76,000 Allegheny Power customers were without service, and by afternoon the snow was still falling across north-central West Virginia.


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Of course this scene was repeated in New York, Maine, and Pennsylvania.


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