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North Country and Vermont Prepare for Sandy

Officials across New York’s North Country and Vermont are preparing for high winds from Hurricane Sandy.

Widespread power outages are anticipated due to Sandy’s winds in  northern New York and Vermont. On Monday morning, Essex County NY Director of Emergency Services Don Jaquist was preparing for an update from the National Weather Service on the storm.

National Weather Service Burlington VT Forecast Office Senior Meteorologist William Hanley says strong winds will start  in the Burlington and northern New York region this afternoon and will continue into the early morning on Tuesday.

Power companies are preparing in advance for damage that those winds may cause.  Green Mountain Power welcomed utility crews from Canada this morning as they crossed the border to join pre-deployment efforts across the state.  GMP Spokesman Jeremy Baker says they began preparing for this storm a week ago, nearly doubling their field staff.

Meteorologist William Hanley notes that there are differences in anticipated damage from this storm and what Irene caused.

The western slopes of the Green Mountains are expected to experience some of the highest winds in the region. The majority of power outages across the region are expected to be caused by downed trees and branches.