NH DOS - Storm Causes Little Damage



CONCORD, NH – State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management closely monitored the potentially devastating storm overnight and into the morning as the storm passed over the State leaving little damage and few outages.


“The outcome was uncertain for much of the storm as a shift of a couple of degrees would likely have left many without power,” Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer said. “Fortunately, the temperatures were warm enough with enough wind to prevent the accumulation of heavy and wet snow that we saw during Thanksgiving.”


The Emergency Operations Center was activated at 4 pm on Tuesday and remained open until 9 am this morning, Plummer said. The worst impact of the storm occurred by midnight with just more than 12,000 customers without power. Currently, there are about 2,000 customers without power. Most of those outages were caused by a motor vehicle crash involving a utility pole in Tuftonboro, he said.


According to State Police, there were just over 90 crashes and about 65 vehicles off the road during the storm.

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