Thousands lose power as storm tears into Vermont

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(Host) Severe weather moved through Vermont last night, knocking over trees, ripping down utility lines and blocking roads.

Hail, strong winds and heavy rains ripped through communities knocking down trees and power lines, and shaking windows across the region.

Vermont State Police says trees were scattered across Interstate 89 in the area of Georgia and traffic was partially blocked. At least two cars were hit by falling trees.

Central Vermont Public Service says 18,000 homes and businesses across Vermont lost power last night. This morning, power has been restored all but 2,500 of the customers affected.

The towns of Milton, Georgia, Fairfax and parts of Cambridge, Fletcher, Westford and Milton were hardest hit.

Vermont State Police say morning commuters should see little or no traffic disruptions. Debris blocking major roads has been cleared, and power lines on Route 2 have been restored.

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