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More than 39,000 in NH without power, with more snow on the way

More than 39,000 customers across New Hampshire were still without power as of Tuesday afternoon, following a winter storm that swept through the state Sunday into Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says another storm system with the potential for "significant snow accumulation" is likely to move through Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Find the latest forecast from the National Weather Service here.

Eversource reported more than 36,000 New Hampshire customers without power as of 1:46 p.m., while the New Hampshire Electric Co-Op reported the same for at least 2,200 of its customers. More than 700 Unitil customers were also dealing with outages. Liberty Utilities reported no outages as of Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier on Monday, more than 64,000 customers were without power statewide.

A coating of heavy, wet snow is weighing down tree branches, causing limbs to drop on power lines and disrupt service, and utility companies say crews are working to respond. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative said on Twitter that outages could continue as winds picked up Monday evening.

The state emergency operations center is partly activated to monitor the storm, according to New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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The storm brought numerous cancellations Monday, including school districts in Concord, Claremont, Derry, Dover, Hampton, Lebanon, Manchester and Nashua. It also brought flooding and road closures to some parts of the state.

Hampton beach flooding.
Dan Tuohy
Ashworth Avenue in Hampton Beach was closed due to flooding Jan. 23, 2023.

New Hampshire safety officials urged residents to use caution ahead of this latest round of winter weather, on the heels of last week's storm.

"Significant impacts to the Monday morning commute are expected and may linger through [the] Monday evening commute," according to the National Weather Service.

State safety officials also urged people to keep vents clear and to use generators safely if their power goes out.

“If you do get a lot of snow, be sure to shovel it away from any vents, and if you lose power, never run a generator inside or right next to a home," State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said in a weekend press release. "You want to make sure a generator is outside, and at least 10 feet away from windows, doors, and vents.”

More winter storm safety tips can be found here.

Updated: January 24, 2023 at 2:01 PM EST
This post was updated with the latest information on power outages.
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