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New Hampshire

November 27, 2013

Storm causes few problems for Thanksgiving travelers

Rain leads to few travel problems

When Teo Drake started his journey from Boston to Burlington, Vt., yesterday morning, he was a little concerned about the weather. But, he said, he soon was surprised by what he saw on the roads.

“It’s nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be,” said Drake, who was stopping for gas at the Nashua Road Mobil in Londonderry yesterday. “It’s rainy and windy, but there’s no traffic and it’s been easy so far.”

Although the storm coincided with one of the busiest travel days of the year, there were few problems on the roads related to the storm. James Brown of the National Weather Service said the brunt of the storm occurred before dawn.

“There was about 2 inches of rain which fell yesterday,” Brown said. “Most of the storm was primarily before it was even light out.”

Brown said winds approached 50 mph at the coast, with 40 mph winds inland. He said the rain already was letting up at around 10 a.m. yesterday.

Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire state police said things went relatively smoothly.

“It’s a busy day so there is a lot of volume on the roads,” Massachusetts State Police Trooper Todd Nolan said. “We aren’t seeing a lot of crashes. In certain areas, we’re seeing a lot of trees being uprooted across the roadways. But traffic has been moving all day.”

Things looked about the same in the Granite State, New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Wagner said.

“So far, so good,” Wagner said yesterday afternoon. “We just have had some minor issues, but nothing’s been out of the ordinary.”

Wagner said there was a fatal crash in Hillsboro, but he didn’t know if the crash was weather related.

Martin Murray, spokesman for Public Service of New Hampshire, said the storm caused just scattered outages throughout the state.

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