MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The number of Vermont electric customers without power is climbing rapidly as Hurricane Sandy makes its presence felt in the state.
By late afternoon, about 13,170 electric customers were without power, mostly in Windham and Windsor counties in southeastern Vermont.
Shelters have opened in Rutland at the Rutland Medical Center; Wilmington at Twin Valley High School and Winhall at the Mountain School.
Green Mountain Power spokesman Jeremy Baker says the situation is going to get worse before it gets better.
Forecasters say winds could reach 60 to 80 mph Monday and Tuesday from the southern part of the state to the Canadian border as the effects of Sandy are felt in the state.
GMP has brought in about 250 line crews from other states and Canada to help restore power.