Heavy Rain and Lightning Experienced in Vt. | NECN

Heavy Rain and Lightning Experienced in Vt.



    The storm so far has caused some flash flooding, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and high winds (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN: Jack Thurston, Middlebury, Vt.) - Vermonters got between 2 to 4 inches of rain in a short period of time from a severe storm that has put the Green Mountain State and other New England states on watch for a tornado.

    The storm has so far caused some flash flooding and many cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. Routes 74 and 30 and Pork Hill Road are currently closed in sections because of damage caused by heavy rain.

    Other sections of Vermont got marble-sized hail from the storm, with scattered reports of golf-ball sized hail.

    "The worst we've seen since Irene," said Middlebury, Vt. resident Ryan Emilio. "You just sit back and relax and enjoy the lightning show. You know, there's not much you can do about Mother Nature. It's going to do what it's going to do, and we just have to deal with it afterwards."

    Some of the problems already being experience are downed branches and scattered power outages. However, although watches and warning are in place for various parts of New England, there has been no tornado activity spotted yet.