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Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents woke up on Thanksgiving morning without power.
Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electricity provider, reported 168,000 of its customers were in the dark this morning.
Unitil is reporting about 18,000 customers are without power.
PSNH spokeswoman Lauren Collins says the company says the southern and central-eastern portions of the state were hit hardest.
“So Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford counties have the most concentrated outages. There are outages as you head the western part of the state, the southwestern part. And as you head to the lakes region, there are also some scattered outages.”
Collins says the major problem has been heavy, wet snow bringing down large trees.
She says crews have been working through the night, and will continue to work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“At this time, we have 138 PSNH workers, 100 additional contractors our there. They’ve been working pretty much nonstop to make sure that somebody gets a warm turkey today.”
Additional crews are expected today from across New England and Canada to provide support.
Still, Collins says customers should expect this process take some time.
“We are telling people to be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort. That doesn’t mean everyone will be without power for several days, but we want them to be prepared and stay safe. Have necessaries on hand; flashlights, batteries, etc.”
New Hampshire Electric Co-op Making Progress, Asks for Patience
Dena DeLucca, vice president with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, says roughly 15,000 customers are without power this morning.
That’s down from a peak of about 22,000 customers overnight.
DeLucca says there are still a number of power lines, and asks customers to have patience as crews work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“What happens with this heavy snow it brings down trees and tree limbs that take down the wire. It’s a fairly extensive job to put that back, once they get the road cleared.”
She says 20 line crews and 25 crews are out working this morning to repair the damage.
The company hopes to have power restored to all customers by 10 this evening.