POWER OUTAGES: 3,550.
GENERAL SITUATION: As Sandy went ashore in New Jersey it picked up speed, reducing the threat to Vermont. While thousands lost power, damage wasn’t as severe as feared. State officials, who remember the help the state received in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, are relieved Vermont ‘‘dodged the bullet’’ and are offering to send help to states hit hard by Sandy.
KEY ROAD/GOVERNMENT CLOSINGS: Hundreds of schools across the state were closed Tuesday in anticipation of the storm, but life is expected to get back to normal on Wednesday.
HIGHLIGHTS: The public safety operations center began 24-hour service Monday, but it closed Tuesday afternoon.
QUOTE OF THE DAY. ‘‘I am tempted to jump in my car and drive to New York City tomorrow. There is just that part of me that feels so many people came to Waterbury and supported us, (it) feels like everybody in Waterbury right now should think about how they can help because so many people flooded our town and helped us,’’ said Laurie Flaherty, the director of Green Mountain Performing Arts, a Waterbury business devastated by Irene last year.