By MIKE DONOGHUE
Islander Staff Writer
All of Vermont and eastern New York is on alert for flash flooding and high winds that could cause power outages as Tropical Storm Isaias moves north.
The strong winds at up to 50 miles per hour are expected during the night.
More than 18,000 customers were without power as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said more than 15,000 were in Windham County and more than 1,200 in Bennington County.
The heavy rains and gusty winds have been moving north from Bennington and Windham Counties throughout the afternoon.
The center of the rainstorm passed through Chittenden County with more than an inch of rain and into Grand Isle County. More rain is expected as the night goes on.
Swollen rivers and stream also are expected to push up to the top of their banks due to the heavy rain.
A flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning, according to NBC5 Meteorologist Tom Messner.
Messner and staff meteorologist Tyler Jankowski were double-teaming the 90-minute newscast Tuesday evening.
“It’s coming down at a pretty good amount,” Messner said.
Jankowski said up to 3 to 4 inches of rain could hit Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Lingering showers will give way to some sun. The temperature is expected to top out at 82 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, Messner said.