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August 29, 2011

Power outages widespread in Southern N.H.

Power outages were widespread throughout Southern New Hampshire yesterday and many customers will stay in the dark for the foreseeable future.

Utility crews are scrambling to make restorations, but Public Service of New Hampshire, Unitil, National Grid and New Hampshire Electric Co-op all reported numerous outages.

Windham, Londonderry, Derry and Salem all reported numerous widespread throughout the storm and in its wake.

Four people were injured by flying tree limbs in New Hampshire yesterday, according to state Emergency Management officials.

Two people in Wolfeboro and one in Bedford were seriously injured by falling tree limbs while out cleaning up from the storm, according to Gov. John Lynch's office. A fourth person was injured in Concord while walking during the storm.

"We urge all New Hampshire residents to save the cleanup until (today), after the storm ends," state Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said.

Police reported yesterday afternoon the beaches were crowded with surfers and swimmers, and sight-seers were "clogging" beach roads.

New Hampshire State Police Col. Robert Quinn urged people to stay off the roads and not jeopardize their lives or those of emergency personnel.

Atkinson

A lot of residents were without power and roads were closed temporarily due to downed trees and power lines.

A stretch of Main Street was closed yesterday afternoon while utility workers cleared the street of trees and repaired lines.

Derry

Derry opened its Emergency Operations Center yesterday morning, according to Derry police capt. Vernon Thomas. It will remain open until services have been restored.

High wind toppled trees and clogged roads throughout town, Thomas said, and many power lines were still down late yesterday.

Derry Cable TV was knocked off the air when it lost power. They weren't alone. Yesterday afternoon, National Grid was reporting about half its customers in Derry were without power. Some residents should prepare for a long haul off the grid.

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