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Thousands Remain Without Power In N.H. After Strong Winds

Utility poles blown over
Scene on Middle Street in Portsmouth after the high winds March 1-2, 2021.

Nearly 20,000 people in New Hampshire were still without power due to high winds early Tuesday evening.

Most of the outages are with Eversourcein Portsmouth and other parts of the Seacoast. The New Hampshire Electric Co-op also has large outages in the Lakes Region and Eastern White Mountains, including, as of 5:30 p.m., nearly 3,000 in Alton.

The utilities say gusty winds overnight and through the day damaged poles and wires, and brought down trees in some areas.

The continued wind storm has delayed repairs, but utilities expect most people's power will be restored by tonight.

Peak wind gusts topped 50 mph across the state today. The top of Mount Washington recorded a gust of 121 mph.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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