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Storm Aftermath: Eversource Expects Power Restored to Most by Wednesday Night

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Eversource photo of a tree down on Ragged Mountain Road in Danbury. The utility warns that people should assume a downed power line is live and to report it to 911.
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Eversource reports that power restoration will be mostly completed by Wednesday night, after already restoring electricity to more than 95,000 who lost it during the snow storm.

As of 3:30 p.m., the outage estimate was cut down to 774 customers. More than 450 line, tree, and service crews, including contractors, are working on restoration, the company said.

New Hampshire Electric Co-op reports 2,715 without power, as of 3:30 p.m.

The utilities report heavy, wet snow resulted in trees and limbs down across a wide territory. The outage pattern included western Merrimack County, Sullivan County, and Grafton County. 

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Utility crews restored power to thousands of Granite Staters overnight, but nearly 10,000 customer outages remain at daybreak Wednesday.

N.H. Electric Co-op reports about 5,200 out and Eversource about 4,500 out, as of 7 a.m.

Eversource restored power to more than 82,000 who lost electric service during the snow storm. Additional crews were directed to trouble spots, such as Grantham, where 888 were listed as without power to start the day.

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Storm update:  There are an estimated 25,000 still without electricity as of 4:15 p.m.

Eversource had reduced its customer outages to about 14,000, while N.H. Electric Co-op hovered around 10,000.

Liberty Utilities reported about 150 outages, mostly in the Upper Valley, with pockets in Canaan, Cornish, and Enfield. 

There remains a winter storm warning in effect for northern New Hampshire until 7 p.m. Additional snow amounts of an inch or two are expected this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Storm update, 12:30 p.m.: More than 31,000 are without power following heavy, wet snowfall over the past 12 hours.

Utility crews from Eversource and N.H. Electric Co-op are fanned out across parts of Grafton, Merrimack and Sullivan counties to restore power. The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area sustained significant line damage from falling trees and branches.

NHPR's Britta Greene reports that some towns are nearly completely without electric service. The Eversource list includes Danbury, Grantham, Newbury, New London, Sunapee, and Sutton.

A spokeswoman for Eversource said they have more than 300 linemen, tree and service workers out in the field to restore power. Crews have restored power to 42,000 within 14 hours, Eversource reported at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, about 22,000 were still without power.

N.H. Electric Co-op reported about 10,000 customers without power at 12:30 p.m.

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Heavy snow has contributed to nearly 40,000 power outages in New Hampshire, as of mid-morning.

Eversource reports about 28,000 customers affected, including 1,000 in Conway, 657 in Bristol, 2,800 in New London, 2,100 in Grantham, and 1,000 in Sutton.

At 10 a.m., the N.H. Electric Cooperative reported 10,771 out. Unitil has about 82 affected in greater Concord. Liberty Utilities had 185 customers out, with most of those in Enfield.

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The winter weather warning for the northern half of the state is in effect until  7 p.m. Tuesday.

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A winter storm is sweeping across New Hampshire tonight and Tuesday. The forecast calls for 6- to 9- inches of snow to fall in the North Country and White Mountains, with much more possible for higher elevations.

The winter storm warning issued is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A storm advisory for central New Hampshire has a range of 2 to 4 inches of snow, with possibly twice as much in higher elevations.

There were about 4,000 customers without power, as of 9 p.m. Monday. N.H. Electric Coop had most of them, stretching from western Merrimack and Sullivan counties to Grafton County.

Rain is most likely for southern New Hampshire and the seacoast, according to the National Weather Service.

For northern New Hampshire, there's snow in the forecast for Wednesday and into Thursday, with limited accumulation expected.

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(This post was updated Monday night with more information on the National Weather Service snow projections.)

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