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Ready to Rumble: Power Crews Prep, Schools Close as Storm Nears
It's here, and it's going to be big. The storm expected to hit New Hampshire, right on the heals of the nor'easter that pounded the region's seacoast, is expected to bring over a foot of heavy snow and with it, the threat of power outages.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that stretched from eastern Pennsylvania to most of New England, from late Tuesday night into Thursday morning.
Heavy, wet snow and gusting winds could take down trees and snap power lines already weakened from last week's storm, adding to stress for customers who've gone days without power.
Eversource, the state's largest power supplier, had sent crews to Cape Cod to help with power restoration efforts there after they were hit hard by last weekend's windy and wet weather.
Damaging winds are in the forecast with gusts of up to 60 mph at Cape Cod, 45 mph at the Jersey shore and 30 mph around suburban Philadelphia.
Depending on the storm's track, communities along the Interstate 95 corridor could see either lots of rain, heavy snow, or a mix of each.
Eversource offers a storm checklist online with reminders to have a battery-powered radio on hand, be prepared to cook outside on outdoor grills and fill your car's tank with gas.
The power provider Unitil is also preparing for the storm, having secured standby help from Canada if necessary according to information provided Tuesday.
Transportation departments in Philadelphia and Boston loaded up salt trucks and pre-treated roads Tuesday afternoon, and some airlines already were waiving ticket change fees for airports in the storm's projected path, such as Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and New York's JFK.
The National Weather Service said travel is not recommended Wednesday and urged people to stay off the roads to allow emergency crews and clean-up crews to do their jobs. Some areas will get as much as 2-3 inches an hour.
Additionally, generator safety is paramount. They are helpful but can be deadly if users cut corners when operating them. Carbon monoxide kills, and improper use has caused deaths in New Hampshire.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report