Thunderstorm knocks down trees, closes Route 30

A fast-moving line of thunderstorms brought high winds and heavy rain to Windham County late Monday afternoon, hitting Newfane the hardest.

Vermont State Police from the Rockingham barracks said that Route 30 was closed to traffic near the NewBrook Fire Station due to trees, power lines, and utility poles littering the roadway around 5 p.m. Monday.

Traffic was diverted to River Road while Route 30 was closed. The road was reopened by noontime on Tuesday.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph were reported to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., during the storm. As many as 8,000 Vermonters lost electricity service Monday night, according to Green Mountain Power. Nearly all saw service restored by Tuesday morning.

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