BURLINGTON (AP) - More than 4,000 households in Vermont are still without electricity after powerful storms ripped through the Vermont and northern New York, knocking down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service says the storms began around 5:45 p.m. Friday and lasted nearly three hours, causing thousands to lose power.

The severe thunderstorms shut down the first night of the Vermont Brewers Fest in Burlington for several hours Friday night. It later reopened.

Green Mountain Power says customers lost power across the state and crews worked through the night to restore service to 8,000 households.