More than 42,000 homes and businesses in the area remained without power late last night in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Severe thunderstorms that passed through the region raised havoc for utility crews attempting to restore power.

Communities in southern New Hampshire had the most power outages as 11 p.m. Public Service of New Hampshire reported 6,290 customers in Londonderry without power, 6,241 in Derry, 4,669 in Windham, 4,355 in Hampstead, 1,084 in Sandown and 130 in Atkinson.

Unitel Energy reported 808 in Plaistow, 622 in Danville and 445 in Atkinson were still without power.

National Grid crews remained busy in the Merrimack Valley as thousands remained in the dark. Local outages included 4,502 in Andover, 2,911 in Haverhill, 2,816 in Methuen, 2,228 in Lawrence, 1,622 in North Andover and 518 in Boxford.

Outages in southern New Hampshire handled by National Grid included 1,035 in Salem, 551 in Windham and 398 in Pelham as of 11 p.m.

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