Strong storms hit northwestern Vermont

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(Host) Strong storms hit northwestern Vermont this afternoon, knocking over trees, ripping down utility lines and blocking roads.

Hail, strong winds and heavy rain ripped through communities across the region.

VPR’s Tim Johnson was in Grand Isle. He says the skies turned nearly black and winds blew sideways.

(Johnson) "All of a sudden the wind came up furiously, and there were marble-sized hail stones and there are trees down all over the road and telephone poles just tipped over – like pick up sticks’- down on the ground You can hear sirens in the background, so crews are out, and we’re clearing trees for cars that need to get through."

(Host) The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for six counties stretching from Grand Isle to Orleans County.

Vermont State Police say trees were scattered across Interstate 89 in the area of Georgia and traffic was partially blocked.

A tree fell on one car but the driver and passengers were not injured.

Route Two through the Lake Champlain Islands was closed because of fallen trees and power lines.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative says power lines were down in Grand Isle, North Hero, South Hero, Fairfax, Fletcher and Cambridge.

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