Snow, Ice and Winds: NH Sees Surge of Power Outages and a Highway Closure
Strong winds knocked over at least three tractor-trailers along Interstate 93 on Monday and led to the closure of part of the highway for a little more than an hour.
State police closed a portion of I-93 in Franconia Notch around 4 p.m. because of the winds and destruction to the guardrails in the area. It reopened around 5:30 p.m.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: I-93 in Franconia Notch has been reopened to traffic, both northbound and southbound. Tractor trailers are still being diverted. The highway had been closed due to high winds and tractor trailer rollovers.— NHDOT (@NewHampshireDOT) April 16, 2018
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Coos, Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire counties at 3:25 p.m. Monday. The advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m.
Utility companies in the Granite State also reported numerous outages.
As of 5:30 p.m. Eversource had 5,351 customers without power. The company tweeted that the snow, ice and wind caused problems, especially in the Monadnock region.
Wet snow, icing, and strong winds brought trees onto power lines throughout the state today, esp. in the Monadnock Region. All our crews and additional contract crews will continue working through the night until all are restored. Stay away from downed wires and report to 9-1-1. pic.twitter.com/kSVYPbVu9g— Eversource NH (@EversourceNH) April 16, 2018
Around the same time, Unitil had a little more than 100 customers with outages in the Concord area.
Crews are on scene at an outage affecting approximately 1,100 customers in the Chichester, NH area. Repairs are being made on Dover Road and an ETR can be found on our outage map: https://t.co/YI6Ua87mwe— Unitil (@Unitil) April 16, 2018
Town outages: We have outages affecting 12 of the towns in our service territory. Check the outage map on https://t.co/IbRuu0yZBC for restoration times. Please report your outage 1-855-349-9455 or via the online form.— Liberty Utilities NH (@LibertyUtil_NH) April 16, 2018
approx 5000 members out as freezing precip and high winds cause damage in western and central NH. All crews are working and will stay in field until full restoration. Live outage map at https://t.co/PX1brK4ICS has restoration times when available. To report outage: 1-800-343-6432— NH Electric Co-op (@NHEC_OUTAGE) April 16, 2018