Workers tackle record-breaking storm, forecasters predict additional heavy snow in southern Vermont

first_imgTired utility crews are making steady progress today in the wake of a hard-hitting one-two-punch storm system that caused 88,000 Central Vermont Public Service customer outages.  As of 5 p.m., 8,500 customer outages remained, but storm recovery is likely to extend through the weekend into Monday.  Across the Northeast, nearly 750,000 customers lost service Thursday night and Friday morning as high winds tore through the region.“This storm recovery will be remembered as one of the most complicated in our history,” spokeswoman Christine Rivers said.  “We’ve had two back-to-back major storms in the span of a few days, and Albany National Weather Service forecasters have predicted additional snow in southern Vermont through Saturday night.  Each wave would have been a challenge by itself.  Together the first two waves caused more customer outages than any storm in our history.”Joe Kraus, senior vice president for engineering, operations and customer service, said employees and contractors, many working 18-hour shifts, are weary, but have devoted themselves to the effort.  “There is an awful lot of determination in the people working this storm,” Kraus said.  “Given the weather Thursday night, I came in this morning expecting to find a downtrodden workforce, but everyone was upbeat, focused and determined to help our customers.”Kraus, a 28-year CVPS veteran, said customers have been helpful and supportive throughout the recovery.  “We know it’s a hardship for our customers, and we appreciate how positive they’ve remained when talking with employees,” Kraus said.  “That’s like fuel in the tank for people who are stretching to get the job done.”High winds Thursday night and Friday morning knocked down trees, broke poles and tore down power lines.  Widespread outages occurred across the state, with Addison Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties hardest hit.Restoration is expected to be complete in Addison, Chittenden and Franklin counties tonight. Caledonia County should be cleaned up by Saturday. Recovery will last through the weekend, possibly into Monday, in parts of Bennington, Rutland, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties. Forecasters are predicting an additional 6 to 20 inches of snow in southern Vermont through Saturday night, which could slow progress, and potentially produce additional outages.“We will restore service to lot of customers tonight and Saturday, but some repairs will take longer,” Rivers said.  “There are hundreds of separate problems to address.”Rivers said advanced planning was critical to the storm response, which includes dozens of outside crews, many brought in before the storm even hit.The 2007 Nor’icane, a wind event similar to last night’s, caused 68,000 customer outages, and recovery efforts totaled more than $5 million. “While a final estimate is not yet available for this storm, the costs will no doubt be measured in millions,” Rivers said.As part of the restoration effort, CVPS:Brought in 83 outside two-person line crews and support staff from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Ontario, along with 15 tree crews, and other Vermont contract crews. An additional 10 crews from Hydro-One in Ontario are also on the way for Saturday.Provided midday meals for workers to take when they went out in the morning, to minimize down time.Returned numerous CVPS retirees to work to assist in the recovery effort.Coordinated efforts with Vermont Emergency Management and other utilities.Moved dozens of CVPS employees from areas like HR and information systems into storm support roles.CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:· Treat any downed line as if it is live, even if appears to have been down for a long period of time. REPORT the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.· If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.· Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Source: Central Vermont Public Service. 2.26.2010.last_img read more

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Long Island Weather: 1st Blizzard Forecast for 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk County as a powerful winter storm barrels toward Long Island, possibly bringing up to a foot of snow and damaging winds Friday and Saturday.The blizzard watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, the weather service said on its website, noting that a winter storm watch remains in effect in Nassau County through Saturday afternoon.Forecasters who issued the blizzard watch said Suffolk residents could expect heavy snow, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and snow accumulation of eight to 12 inches in Suffolk.Although meteorologists have yet to issue a blizzard watch for Nassau, the weather service is predicting significant snowfall in the county and dangerous driving conditions.Nassau may see accumulation of six to 10 inches of snow, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and temperatures in the low 30s. Visibility, forecasters said, will be one half mile or less at times.“Heavy snow will make for dangerous driving conditions,” the weather service wrote in a statement on its website for both counties. “The heavy snow and strong winds could result in blizzard conditions…bringing down some tree limbs…and causing scattered power outages.”The potential blizzard can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous, the NWS said.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will hold a noon press conference Thursday to discuss storm preparation.last_img read more

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Binghamton University student makes petition for pedestrian path near off-campus housing

first_imgShelli Cohen, BU junior, says she was in contact with the Vestal Town Board before starting the petition. After not hearing back for awhile, Cohen says starting the petition would show how this is issue is important to the Vestal community. We reached out to the Vestal Town Board and they said they are aware of this petition. Her goal is to make it safer for students walking home at night from campus. One of her reasons is since buses are limiting the number of riders, due to COVID-19, students that live near the intersection will likely start walking to campus. “We are students are members of the Vestal community,” Cohen said. “We register to vote here. We use our voices. We engage in the community.” VESTAL (WBNG) — One Binghamton University student has started a petition for a pedestrian path to be made on Plaza Drive and Oxford Place. last_img read more

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Paris-Saint Germain respond to speculation linking Arsene Wenger with the club

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Feb 2019 4:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Wenger won seven FA Cups in his time as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted Arsene Wenger will not become the Ligue 1 club’s new sporting director.Wenger left his position as the manager of Arsenal in the summer after 22 years at the club, winning the Premier League three times.According to reports, the Frenchman met with Al-Khelaifi last week in Qatar with rumours speculating he could be on the verge of taking a job at the French club.However, the club’s president has ruled out Wenger joining in the near future.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I have a very good relationship with Arsene,’ Al-Khelaifi said. ‘I am close to him, I have known him for a long time.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is a magnificent manager and coach. He has a very complete and exquisite knowledge of football.‘But we have a sporting director, Antero Henrique, who I believe in greatly. I am hearing non-stop in the media that Arsene will take his job. It is too much.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Let us get on with our work please. Antero is doing a very good job. He will continue with us. He stays here.’PSG are currently managed by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who is currently in his first year of his contract at the year.Tuchel has guided the club to the top of the Ligue 1 table, and they look set to win the championship with a 14-point gap behind them and closest challengers Lille.MORE: Pochettino squares up to Dean after Spurs’ defeat to BurnleyWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Paris-Saint Germain respond to speculation linking Arsene Wenger with the club Advertisementlast_img read more

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Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: REX)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Matthijs de Ligt should sign for either Manchester City or Barcelona should he leave Ajax this summer.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players and enhanced his reputation with another solid showing at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence during last night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of United’s first team squad this summer with defensive reinforcements likely to be his top priority.Van Gaal insists, however, it is imperative that De Ligt signs for a club where he is guaranteed to be playing regularly and believes Barcelona and City are his best two options.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Barcelona have already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,’ he told Ziggo Sport .‘In Italy they are the masters of defense, so he can best develop there. If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona.‘They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there. Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.’Barcelona have already committed to paying Ajax £72million for De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong and are expected to conduct a major clearout this summer which could see as many as 11 players depart.Arsenal have registered an interest in France international Samuel Umtiti, who has lost his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI to his compatriot Clement Lenglet.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shareslast_img read more

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Tencent’s Arena of Valor launches in Europe

first_imgOne of the most popular mobile MOBAs is now available to those in Europe. Arena of Valor the hit title from Tencent’s division Proxima Beta can now be downloaded from the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Arena of Valor, also known as Honour of Kings in China, offers ‘challenging 5v5 MOBA play’ on mobile and it’s already proven a notable success in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s the first title to lead the download charts of both the Google Play Store and the App Store for several months. It spawned a well-established esports community quick suit too, and despite having only been on the market for a year a number of tournaments have taken place and more are set to. The King Pro League in China is in its second season and if they can replicate this popularity in the West they’ll be onto a very good thing. The developers of Arena of Valor will be hoping it can mirror and exceed the esports success story of Vainglory which, in the past year, has seen teams including Echo Fox, Misfits, Cloud9, SK Gaming, Team SoloMid, NRG and Fnatic.An informative article on Red Bull also explained why all should sit up and take notice of this game’s arrival on European and North American shores. It’s the most profitable mobile game in the world and it has 55 million players in China alone. The best part however: Arena of Valor is all about a gamers’ skill. The developers at Tencent aimed to create a MOBA in which the prowess on the battlefield will decide the outcome of a game, instead of the amount of money invested. Thus the majority of available heroes are unlockable via in-game currency, to be earned by playing the game and completing quests.Esports Insider says: A soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and 55 million players in China, this one has some potential. This’ll be a big test for Vainglory too in its dominant mobile MOBA position in the West to date, and the reception and success of Arena of Valor will say a lot of mobile esports’ potential more widely.last_img read more

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