Storm Update: At its Height, More than 450k Lost Power in 4th Largest Power Outage in NH History
CONCORD - 3:30 p.m. The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management says a little over 232,000 people are still without power, many of could remain in the dark for days.
The last time New Hampshire had this many homes without power was the pre-Thanksgiving day storm of 2014. More than 200,000 customers were in the dark as thawed turkeys waited to be cooked. It's the fourth largest power outage in history.
HSEM reminds Granite Staters generators can be helpful but they should be at least 10 feet from doors, windows and vents. The warning signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion, but without a fever.
The Red Cross says they are helping with families displaced from the storm. They are headed to Jericho Road in Bartlett after a home had been washed off its foundation.
They also reported they are helping 6 families in Manchester, one in Madison, one in Sandown and one in Derry.
The majority of those displaced had trees or wires fall on their homes.
Michael Todd, spokesman for the Department of Safety and Emergency Management says at its peak the hurricane-force winds left 450,000 residents without power. Wind gusts of 78 mph were recorded at the Isle of Shoals.
“We’re asking everyone to focus on safety,” Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer said. “As of yet, no serious injuries have been reported, but branches and trees are still falling and strong winds are expected to continue this afternoon. Outages are being addressed as quickly as possible, but the State was hit incredibly hard and it may take days for power to be restored to all areas.”
Plummer says call 211 or your local fire department for a list of shelters.