Hurricane Sandy

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When hurricanes or other large storms roll in, we often focus on the human toll-- buildings destroyed, properties damaged.

But those same storms can also wreak havoc on ecosystems and the plants that are their foundation. And if a native system is wiped out, will it bounce back? One conservation group is trying to create a repository of native New England seeds, which can be used for just that purpose.

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President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in New Hampshire following Superstorm Sandy.

On Wednesday, the president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the storm from October 26 to November 8. The declaration covers the counties of Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan.

Gov. John Lynch submitted the request for a disaster declaration on Nov. 15.

Adrian Tomine: A Decade of Drawings

Nov 19, 2012
Adrian Tomine

The cover of the November 12th issue of The New Yorker effectively summed up the two big stories coming out of New York City this past month: Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012. In the picture, a backpacked shaggy-haired man, chest-high in water, searches for his polling place among the pitch-black flooded streets of the Big Apple.  It’s a drawing that someone makes a city of over eight million people seem like a very lonely place to be.

A Different Sort of Fallout

Nov 19, 2012
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It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey. Still, thousands remain displaced or without power. Touring damaged areas of New York City last week, President Obama said one thing of the ongoing recovery that’s hard to dispute: “It’s not going to be easy.”

Lynch Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Nov 15, 2012

Gov. John Lynch is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster status for the state of New Hampshire as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

The Cost of Building Beaches

Nov 8, 2012
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Despite arguments over effectiveness and cost, New Jersey has long practiced what is called “artificial beach nourishment”—importing and pumping tons of sand to build up its shore.  Much of that sand was swept away by super storm Sandy’s massive surge and the one that followed from the recent nor’easter. 

Tweeting Responsibly

Nov 5, 2012
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Super-storm Sandy once again has journalists talking about social media’s evolving role in breaking news coverage.  Using laptops and smartphones, many Americans on the eastern seaboard contributed to national coverage of the storm via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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A fleet of monstrous blue trucks arrived in Manchester late Wednesday afternoon.

PSNH president Gary Long and Northeast Utilities CEO Tom May were on hand to greet the Hydro Quebec crews.

To see reinforcements come around the corner with these blue trucks is very rewarding

75 two-man crews are slated to be in New Hampshire by Thursday morning, with some crews driving as long as 12 hours to help restore power.

Daniel Dumais is Director of Distribution at Hydro Quebec and was here for the ice storm in 2008.

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Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.

Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.

Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.

Storm Victim Identified

Oct 31, 2012

The man who died in a mudslide in Lincoln has been identified as Eugene “Rusty” Brooks from Woodstock, Lincoln police chief Theodore Smith said Wednesday.

Brooks, 52, died Tuesday at a construction site when a water-soaked embankment on which he was standing collapsed, carrying him down a hill and then burying him.

He was not breathing when a co-worker reached him and CPR efforts failed.

It was the only death in the state related to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy.

Many schools in the state will remain closed on Wednesday because of power outages and weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy.  For more information, visit WMUR's closings website.

New Hampshire continues to clean up from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, with coordination centered in the state's Emergency Operations Center.

All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with the EOC's Jim Van Dongen for the latest on cleanup efforts, the state of power outages and what President Obama's disaster declaration will do to aid those efforts.

Governor Lynch being briefed at Bedford's emergency operation center
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Governor John Lynch toured the damage to New Hampshire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the governor arrived at the Bedford Operations Center late Tuesday afternoon, he learned that most of the damage in the area had already been cleaned up.

Bedford's municipal buildings and traffic lights were spared any serious damage, though around 2,000 PSNH customers are still without power. Crews from as far as Texas are helping restore service there.

Lynch praised the efforts of the emergency responders and cited the use of new media in getting the word out about the storm:

With Outages, V.T. Breathes Sigh of Relief

Oct 30, 2012

Not the worst case scenario, but still a significant event.

How Sandy Could Affect The Election

Oct 30, 2012
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The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome.  So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.

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We bring you an update on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the Granite State and the region.   The Northeast is expecting major damage from a confluence of enormous weather events.  We’ll hear from emergency officials, power companies, reporters in bordering states and your stories as well.


  • Sam Evans Brown - Reporter for NHPR who is covering Hurricane Sandy's progress.

We'll also hear from

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Compared to what the remnants of Hurricane Sandy did to the rest of the state the North Country appeared to have made it through the night in good shape.

But the National Weather Service continued a flood warning for the Pemigewasset River at Woodstock and the Saco River in Conway.

The weather service was predicting continued rain today with one to three inches in the mountains.

Infrastructure Intact After Sandy

Oct 29, 2012

It’s looking pretty good, New Hampshire DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says, despite the many roads still closed because of fallen trees.  At least as far as infrastructure goes, there are no reports of major damage. Boynton says he was worried that sustained heavy rain would turn little brooks into raging torrents.

It’s that kind of speed along with gravity that can take its toll on culverts and roats and if it gets over the road it can compromise the road quickly and you can get severe washouts.

Hurricane Sandy brought commerce to a halt across the state today. Some economists will say hurricanes like Sandy produce enough economic activity to create a net gain. But they may not be taking into consideration what is known as The Broken Window Fallacy.

Cleaning Up After Sandy

Oct 29, 2012
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Updated Power Outage Information: (Oct. 31, 5:40 p.m.)

Total: 42,586

PSNH: 37,506, Unitil: 574, Liberty Utilities: 346, NH Electric Coop: 4,160

Businesses in Manchester faced the question of whether or not to close up shop as Sandy continued to pummel the Granite State.

Utility companies are working to restore power to more than 160,000 customers. But the process is not simple.

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.

Hurricane Sandy Causes 129 Road Closures

Oct 29, 2012

As of 7pm Monday night, parts of 129 municipal roads and 19 state roads are closed due to fallen trees and other obstructions.  The closures run from the Lakes Region, South.

Jim VanDongen at the Office of Emergency Management says Granite Staters should be aware of potential road closures in the morning:

This is going to continue all night and people just need to be aware there’s a possibility that roads will be closed and obviously they will be blocked with barricades and that sort of thing.

Interactive: Tracking Hurricane Sandy

Oct 29, 2012

Current Road Closures

Oct 29, 2012

Doug Smith and his girlfriend Trenor Bender thought the worst of Hurricane Sandy had passed them by when they looked out the windows in the wee hours today. At their rental home, three rows back from the beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, there was no water in the yard at all at 3:30 this morning. But that didn't last.

"When I woke up, I couldn't believe it," says Smith of the view just a few hours later, "I saw this sheet of water on the ground."

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Is Prepared For Sandy

Oct 29, 2012

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has prepared for Hurricane Sandy.  There are three ships on the premises now. The Shipyard’s commander, Captain Bryant Fuller, says two of them are safe from Sandy in their dry dock.   Bryant says one ship -- the ex-USS Memphis -- is tied to the pier, and exposed to the elements: 

Sandy Forces Amtrak Route Shutdown

Oct 29, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy makes its way northward, Amtrak service in New Hampshire has shut down. 

Amtrak’s Downeaster line connects Northern New England to Boston.  Passenger Rail Authority Executive Director Patricia Quinn says the agency was forced to shut down service early this afternoon. 

“There was a train, left Boston at 1:00 this afternoon, got as far as Lawrence, Massachusetts, there were wires down, and that train actually had to return back to Boston."