PORTLAND, Maine —The ice storm that slammed northern Vermont over the weekend is winding down – now the cleanup begins as one of the state’s largest utilities said power could be out beyond Christmas.
In Maine, tens of thousands of electric customers remain without power as the ice storm continues to put the state in a deep freeze.
Central Maine Power Co. reported nearly 29,000 people without power, a dramatic jump from the 500 outages reported Monday morning.
Bangor Hydro reported more than 14,000 customers without power early Monday afternoon. That’s double the number from Monday morning.
Hancock and Washington counties are the hardest hit. The utility is blaming icing on power lines and tree limbs, but is diverting crews from less affected areas to get the power back on as soon as possible
Officials in Vermont are asking people who do not need to drive to stay inside. They are also asking neighbors to check on each other.
Airports in Burlington and Plattsburgh are open following closures Sunday.
Additional 400 workers preparing for early morning freezing rain
Forecasters tracking the storm expect the precipitation that will impact the entire state to change to freezing rain, threatening widespread power outages in the north country.
More than 250 Northeast Utilities line workers and support personnel and about 300 tree workers met in Manchester and will be dispatched around the state as needed. The out-of-state workers are in addition to PSNH’s crews of 400 combined line and tree workers.
Meteorologist Chris Jarzynka said the freezing rain should hit northern New Hampshire between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday. Power outages are expected.
The roads may be slippery in Concord and the lakes region in the early morning hours, starting around 5 a.m. The freezing rain may cause some outages. Highways and frequently traveled roads should be OK.
Southern cities and towns will have minimal issues, but secondary roads and sidewalks could be slick.
KILLINGTON, Vt. —State police said they have arrested a Killington man for allegedly hitting and killing another man while driving on Killington Road.
Police said they were notified Sunday morning about a body on the side of the road near the intersection of Mountainview and Killington roads.
The body was later identified as Kyle Wilson, 26, of Enfield, N.H., police said.
Investigators said Wilson’s friends said he had been out Saturday night and had called them around 1 a.m. saying he was walking to their residence. Wilson never arrived and his friends began looking for him, police said. They later came across his body, police said.
Police said they were led to Michael DeBellis, 27, of Killington, Vt., who they identified as the alleged driver who struck Wilson. Investigators said DeBillis’s car had severe front end and passenger side damage.
DeBellis was processed for careless and negligent operation and leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting, police said.
He is being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Rutland Criminal Court on Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 802-773-9101.
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