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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration and federal emergency assistance for five counties following an October storm that caused widespread damage and power outages.

The combination of heavy rainfall and damaging winds caused severe damages to hundreds of miles of local and state roadways and dozens of bridges and culverts in New Hampshire Oct. 29-Oct. 30. The high winds damaged many trees and power lines, disrupting electricity to approximately 270,000 customers.

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Officials from the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency were touring the state today checking the extent of damage from last week’s storm.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was with one of those teams in Bartlett.

 

N.H. Emergency Chief: Storm Severity Was Surprising

Nov 6, 2017
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In addition to the high winds and heavy rain of last week's storm, several other factors contributed to the fourth largest power outage in state history -- with a price tag in the millions, and counting. That's according to Perry Plummer, director of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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  Damage estimates from last week’s severe storm continue to rise and appear likely to qualify for a presidential major disaster declaration.

Perry Plummer, director of the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said Monday on The Exchange that the state’s damage tally is currently at $13.5 million.

    

The late October storm that roared into New Hampshire with hurricane-force winds Sunday and Monday caused the fourth-largest power outage in state history. The top five outages all occurred in the past decade, according to the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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The Campton Elementary School provided shelter last night for 35 plus residents evacuated from the Six Flags Mobile Home Park and the Beebe River area.  NHPR’s Sean Hurley went to the school this morning to talk to the evacuees about their experience.

A video of a house floating down the Baker River in Warren put an exclamation point on the severity of the storm Monday.

Thomas K. Babbit took the video. Wendy Babbit, his wife, said the Baker River is still overflowing in places. She described communities in that area of the state cut off due to swelling rivers and closed or washed-out roads.

"It's just sad," she says. "There's a heck of a lot of damage up here."

When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.

This story was originally published in November, 2014.

If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.

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FRIDAY update: There are fewer than 10,000 outages in New Hampshire, as of 11 a.m., as utility line- and tree- crews redoubled efforts on troublesome areas. The remaining outages showcase parts of the state that were particularly hit hard when high winds swept into the region overnight Sunday. Eversource, the state's largest utility, is down to 5,899, or 1 percent of its customers, without power. N.H. Electric Co-op is down to 3,978.

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A strong storm has taken down trees and power lines in southern New Hampshire and a lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Peterborough.

WMUR-TV reports police had to block off a neighborhood in Salem after trees fell on roofs, lawns and cars. Branches and power lines were in the streets Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

The fire in Peterborough started in a basement Thursday afternoon and was put out quickly. No one was hurt.

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With warming weather comes stormy weather - but why is that? If it's been a while since elementary school science class, catch up on the phenomena of summer thunderstorms and hail with this primer.

A wintry mix of weather during the Monday morning commute has led to slow going on state highways and about two dozen school delays.

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In the lead up to last night’s powerful landfall in Southern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy was branded as a so-called “franken-storm”, lacking precedent among meteorological records…  here to explain more, and look back at some of history’s strangest and most destructive storms is Christopher Burt.  He’s a weather historian with the online service Weather Underground, and author of th

We bring you an update on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the Granite State and the region.   The Northeast is expecting major damage from a confluence of enormous weather events.  We’ll hear from emergency officials, power companies, reporters in bordering states and your stories as well.

Guests

  • Sam Evans Brown - Reporter for NHPR who is covering Hurricane Sandy's progress.

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After last Tuesday’s storms in southwestern New Hampshire, White Brook Road in Gilsum is no longer a road.