Update power outages in New Hampshire as the storm continues to progress

Update power outages in New Hampshire as the storm continues to progress

Saturday’s winter storm is keeping utility companies in the state completely busy this weekend, and it’s likely to stay that way until Tuesday in some areas. >> Download the FREE WMUR App As of 1 p.m. Sunday, there are still approximately 40,500 power outages across the state. According to officials, more than 61,000 outages have been reported at one point in time, and power restoration could continue in parts of the state through Tuesday evening. Officials have encouraged those without electricity to update their family emergency plan in case circumstances warrant seeking warm shelter elsewhere. >> View updated maps for New Hampshire blackouts The pandemic may also delay some recovery times. “This is the first major snowstorm of the season. We encourage everyone to spend some time preparing in case your family needs to find alternative housing,” said Jennifer Harper, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for New Hampshire. “Make a plan so you know what to do and where to go if the temperature in your home gets too hot.” The state’s emergency operations center has been activated since the start of the pandemic, and this weekend, it will shift some of its focus to the storm. “We are ready if any community needs anything. They know how to contact us,” Harper said. “We have been in contact with energy crews and utility companies. They have brought in more assistance kits to help with outages. ”“ We expect outages throughout the night and into the morning hours as long as this snow continues, ”Alec O’Meara, of Unitil, said that more than 60 Unitil crews have been deployed to bring power back to about 3,000 Client. “The important thing that we’re seeing right now is that there are a lot of car accidents on our system. We had a couple that caused a blackout.” At one point, the storm cut power to more than 35,000 Eversource customers. Said Caitlin Woods, of Eversource , “This wet, heavy snow is really the biggest problem accumulating on tree branches and power lines.” Eversource has more than 500 workers on lines, trees, and service across the state. Company officials have warned of COVID-19 protocols that may lead to longer recovery times. We practice social distancing. Crews wearing masks. Woods said the conditions are more difficult for them to work under. Utility company officials said the potential delay is an additional reason why residents must have a “ready-made suitcase” with flash lights, batteries and resources they would need if they were not losing power. Customers are reminded to report outages to their utility provider at least once a day until power is restored: Eversource: 1-800-662-7764 Liberty Utilities: 1-855-349-9455NH Electric Co-Op: 1-800-343 -6432Unitil: 1-888-301-7700

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Saturday’s winter storm is keeping the state’s utility companies completely busy this weekend, and is likely to stay that way through Tuesday in some areas.

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As of 1 p.m. Sunday, there are still nearly 40,500 power outages across the state. According to officials at one point more than 61,000 outages were reported.

Restoring power to parts of the state could continue until Tuesday evening. Officials have encouraged those without electricity to update their family emergency plan in case circumstances warrant seeking warm shelter elsewhere.

>> View updated power outage maps in New Hampshire

The pandemic may also delay some recovery times.

“This is the first major snowstorm of the season,” said Jennifer Harper, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, New Hampshire.

“Everyone is encouraged to take some time to prepare in case your family needs to find alternative housing,” Harper said. “Make a plan so you know what to do and where to go if the temperatures in your home are very cold.”

The state’s emergency operations center has been activated since the start of the pandemic, and this weekend, it will shift some of its focus to the storm.

“We are ready if any of the communities need anything. They know how to contact us. We have been in contact with energy crews and utility companies. They have brought in more crews to help with the blackouts,” Harper said.

“We expect blackouts throughout the night and into the morning hours as long as this snow continues,” said Alec O’Meara of Unitel.

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Over 60 Unitil crews are deployed to restore power to around 3,000 customers.

“The important thing that we’re seeing now is a lot of car crashes on our system. We have a couple that caused outages,” said O’Meara.

At one point, the storm cut power to more than 35,000 Eversource customers.

“This dense, wet snow is really the biggest problem accumulating on tree branches and power lines,” said Caitlin Woods, of Eversource.

Eversource has over 500 line, tree, and service workers spread across the state. Company officials have warned that COVID-19 protocols could lead to longer recovery periods.

“We are practicing social distancing,” Woods said. “The work crews wear masks. It’s much more difficult conditions under which they work.”

Utility company officials said the potential delay is an additional reason why residents must have a “travel bag” ready with flashlights, batteries and resources they would need if they lost power.

Customers are reminded to report to their utility provider a power outage at least once a day until power is restored:
Eversource: 1-800-662-7764
Liberty Facilities: 1-855-349-9455
NH Electric Co-Op: 6432-343-800-1
Unitil: 1-888-301-7700

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