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By 11 p.m. Sandy Mostly Leaves The Lights On In The North Country

Many in the North Country fretted and prepared for a battering by Sandy, however by about 11 p.m. that hadn't happened.

There was some gusty wind and rain, but nothing like rigors the rest of the state was experiencing.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 135,000 customers without power - mostly in the southern part of the state - but only about 300 lost power north of the notches.

They included 91 in Lancaster; 94 in Northumberland; 45 in Jefferson and 39 in Whitefield.

There was moderate rain with winds ranging from light in some areas to reports of gusts around 35 miles per hour or more.

However on Mount Washington a gust of 124 miles per hour was reported with sustained winds around 93 miles per hour.

Fire departments were regularly being sent out as trees tottered, fell and either brought down power lines or blocked roads, including blocking Route 2 near Ingerson Road in Jefferson.

There was also a report of a tree falling on a house in Milan but no injuries.

"It's really quiet, but maybe the other shoe hasn't dropped yet," said one dispatcher.

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