EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 1, 2013

Wind topples trees, poles in Southern N.H.

Staff
wire reports

---- — The temperature plummeted more than 20 degrees during the day yesterday and sustained high winds toppled many trees, some taking wires with them.

Roads were closed in a number of Southern new Hampshire towns until town and utility crews could clear the damage.

At least four ski areas closed for the day or closed some trails because of the wind — or because of the warmer weather.

More than 13,000 power outages were reported throughout the state by midday. Most power had been restored by late afternoon, with small pockets of outages scattered around the southern part of the state.

Danville police were busy yesterday, dealing with downed trees and wires.

Routes 111/111A were shut down to Hampstead Road midday so Unitil could replace a pole. Earlier in the day, trees temporarily blocked Main Street and Happy Hollow Road.

In Plaistow, a tree came down on a house on Kelley Road and brought down some wires. The road was closed for a while.

Sweethill Road was closed, too, after wires came down there.

A tree fell across Sawyer Avenue near Main Street in Atkinson, but was soon removed.

New and Jones Roads in Windham were closed for a while yesterday for trees down.

A wind advisory remained in effect into the evening. That means sustained winds of 25 mph to 30 mph were likely, with potential gusts up to 50 mph.

Drivers reported being buffeted by big gusts throughout the day, particularly along Interstate 93.

High temperatures today may not reach freezing and it will drop into the teens overnight. But the wind is expected to stay below 20 mph and there’s no snow in sight until Sunday.