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UPDATE: Storm downs trees, knocks out power, cancels classes

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Thursday morning's storm took down a tree on Vermont Street in Methuen. Courtesy Methuen Police Department

More than 5,000 customers were left without power Thursday in Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill after rain and strong winds swept through in the early morning.

According to reports from Methuen police, power was briefly restored to 3,000 customers on the Methuen/Lawrence line. The National Grid outage map lists a new outage beginning at 9:29 a.m.

More than 4,000 electric customers in New Hampshire from Liberty, Eversource, Unitil and New Hampshire Electric Co-Op were without power as well, according to the companies’ websites as of 11 a.m.

Derry hit hard by wind storm

Additional small, isolated outages are dotted across North Andover.

The Methuen Fire Department responded to a transformer fire on Woodland Street, leaving the road closed at approximately 11 a.m.

Northern Essex Community College's Haverhill campus will delay opening until 10 a.m. because of the power outage. Whittier Tech is closed for the day. 

See the National Grid outage map

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A limb punched through the bedroom wall at 22 Hidden Road in Methuen during Thursday's storm. 

The largest outage, impacting more than 3,000 customers in Methuen and Lawrence, was initially due to a blown transformer at Elm Street and Daly Avenue, according to Methuen Police. 

One Methuen resident is lucky he chose to sleep downstairs after a limb punched through his bedroom wall and into the bed where he normally sleeps. Police said the resident at 22 Hidden Road sleeps downstairs during storms for this very reason. 

Methuen police were responding to multiple other reports of trees down on homes, blocking roads and damaging utility lines. Vermont Street between Fairoaks Avenue and Swan Street is closed.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts in Lawrence up to 54 mph as the storm moved through the area.

10/17/19 wind speeds

National Grid’s electrical outage map lists no restoration times for the three large outages in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill. 

Lansing Avenue

Neighbors lost a tree on Lansing Avenue in Haverhill during Thursday's storm. 

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Thursday morning's storm took down a tree on Vermont Street in Methuen. Courtesy Methuen Police Department

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Thursday morning's storm took down a tree on Vermont Street in Methuen. Courtesy Methuen Police Department

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Thursday morning's storm took down a tree on Vermont Street in Methuen. Courtesy Methuen Police Department

Reporter Maddie Hughes contributed to this story. 

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