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Merrimack Valley

October 30, 2012

Storm badly hurts 1, knocks out power to thousands


Two poles at Lawrence Municipal Airport were knocked down, but National Grid crews replaced them expeditiously, Gray said. Fallen trees closed Middleton Road as well as Barker, Bradford and Liberty streets, according to police Sgt. Thomas McEvoy. A number of side streets were also blocked by toppled trees, he said.


In Kingston, downed lines ignited a brush fire along Route 125 about 10 a.m. An area, approximately 50 feet long, burned along the roadside, sending up thick clouds of smoke. Police directed traffic away from the fire, which did not cause any major damage.

Most towns didn’t start serious problems until after 2 p.m. An increasing number of downed trees and wires were reported late yesterday afternoon. They included a tree that fell on Mammoth Road in Londonderry and another on North Broadway in Atkinson that blocked access to nearby Haverhill.

Salem, N.H. Public Works Director Richard Russell said about 3 p.m. his crews were only dealing with an occasional downed tree and no major problems. Russell also said water levels in the Spicket River did not pose a threat.

In Londonderry, shortly after, the storm began to intensify, knocking down more trees in Salem, blocking Lawrence Road and other streets in North Salem. Police urged the public to stay off the road.

Gusts caused heavy damage to the roof and a parapet wall at Rockingham Honda on Route 128 in Salem, sending debris onto cars below, Fire Marshal Jeffrey Emanuelson said. Emanuelson said about 5 p.m. that crews were busy responding to numerous problems throughout town, including trees on homes. There was no major damage or injuries, he said.

Pelham police were reporting trees and wires down all over town. Town offices closed at 2 p.m. Trick-or-treating was postponed from Wednesday to Saturday, because of anticipated storm recovery effort.

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