Storms in Bennington and Windham counties brought some of that area’s worst flooding in more than a decade.
The previous record for the latest first freeze was Oct. 6, 2011.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the southern and central counties of Addison, Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor.
A storm delivered about 5 inches of rain in 24 hours in some parts of southern Vermont overnight Thursday. While July has been abnormally wet, abnormally dry conditions only recently subsided in the southern half of the state.
The National Weather Service initially received no reports of a recent severe thunderstorm in Quechee and had to rely on power outage maps and cold calling to find out the extent of the damage.
Cooling centers in cities around the state, caught off-guard by the relatively early heat, haven’t opened yet.
Fires raging in California, Oregon and Washington state have killed at least 35 people and burned 5 million acres, and the smoke spread across the country.
The effects of Tropical Storm Fay are expected to continue into Saturday but will be nothing close to what the state experienced with Irene’s devastation in 2011.
The biggest danger for most areas is street flooding caused by leaf-clogged drains. Some minor river flooding is also expected.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for 11 Vermont counties, expected to last until 11 p.m. on Thursday.
Warm temperatures, melting snow and rain could cause river ice to break up and jam.
Potentially record-breaking temperatures, possibly as warm as 100, are expected to hit all parts of the state starting on Saturday, and last for an extended time period.
Matt Cota, of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, urged customers to call for a delivery when tanks are a quarter full: “Calling when you’re out of fuel is going to be too late.”
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state of Vermont.