(Host) A line of thunderstorms in Vermont has caused damage and knocked out electricity for more than 13,000 homes and businesses.
The thunderstorms this afternoon stretched from Jay to Middlebury.
Chittenden and Franklin counties were hardest hit by power outages. All told, Green Mountain Power said nearly 4,000 customers were in the dark, Central Vermont Power had about 6,100 outages and Vermont Electric Company had 3,400.
The storms sparked several fires. In Essex Junction, a community building next to Holy Family Catholic Church caught fire, but the church, which was established in 1883, did not appear to be in danger.