Storm Update: Thousands Still In The Dark After Nor'easter

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More than 58,000 lost power in New Hampshire overnight. Utility crews are spanning out across the state to restore power, while DOT and DPW workers are clearing trees from blocked roads, like Woodland Road in North Hampton shown here.
Credit Dan Tuohy/NHPR

This story was updated at 2:30 p.m.  

Electric utilities are reporting thousands of power outages in New Hampshire after the season's first nor'easter storm overnight.  

More than 58,000 power outages were reported during the peak, according to the N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which opened its emergency operations center to monitor and support response efforts.

As of midday, the number of reported outages was just under 40,000.

Click here to see the real-time outage map from the state's largest electric utility Eversource.

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Crews are responding to numerous reports of trees and limbs down across roadways and utility lines after high winds overnight.

Eversource's statewide outage map as of 10 a.m. Thursday

Storm resources:

Eversource: Report an outage: 1-800-662-7764

N.H. Electric Coop: 1-800-343-6432.

Unitil: 1-800-852-3339 (capital region), 1-800-582-7276 (seacoast)

Liberty Utilities: 1-855-349-9455

School closings and delays via WMUR

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(A story originally posted Wednesday continues below here.)  

New Hampshire will see heavy rain and high winds Wednesday evening through the early hours of Thursday as a nor'easter moves into the region.

Meteorologist Michael Clair with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine says it will be a strong but not highly unusual autumn storm.Its biggest impact will be gusty winds of up to 55 miles an hour in coastal areas, Clair says -- meaning Seacoast residents should secure or bring in any outdoor furniture leftover from the summer. "You don't want those to blow around or potentially blow into a window,” he says.

The storm will also dump at least 1 to 2 inches of rain over a period of several hours starting around sunset.

The Southern tier of the state, especially the Monadnock region, could see at least 3 inches.

"The most commonly seen flood impact that will likely occur is leaves clogging storm drains and causing ponding on the roads,” Clair says.

There’s also potential for minor flooding on rivers like the Pemigewasett, Saco, Souhegan and Contocook, and the storm could come as snow in places above 4,000 feet, Clair says.

Rain and wind are expected to tail off during the day Thursday. The NWS storm warning is in effect until 2 p.m. that day.

Note: This post was updated Wednesday night, and Thursday morning, Oct. 17, with information on storm outages.

More than 58,000 power outages were reported by Thursday morning, according to the N.H. Homleand Security and Emergency Management.

 

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