WATERBURY, Vt. — Vermont officials say more high winds are in the forecast that could cause additional outages after an overnight storm left 70,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Utility officials say the storm caused outages in most areas of the state and in some spots the damage was extensive, downing trees, lines and breaking utility poles.

They say it could be days — and even into the weekend in some areas — before all power is restored and urged people to stay away from and not drive over downed power lines.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the Red Cross is prepared to open shelters if needed and encouraged people who need help or a warm place to stay to call 211. He says no nursing homes or hospitals were affected.

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