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High winds knock out electricity across Granite State

May 05. 2018 10:00PM

High winds and rain Friday night knocked out the power of tens of thousands in New Hampshire, according to utility officials.

At one point, there were more than 40,000 without electricity after high winds caused trees to fall on powerlines across the Granite State.

By 5 p.m. Saturday, that number was down to about 7,400 with more than 5,600 Eversource customers still without power.

The hardest hit communities still dealing with power loss were up north, as 100 percent of Eversource customers in Errol (534) were without power as well as many customers in Dummer and Milan, officials said.

The Merrimack County towns of Bradford (459) and Warner (981) in central New Hampshire were also hard hit, with nearly 60 percent of Eversource customers without power by late Saturday afternoon.

An Eversource spokesman said crews were making steady progress, but that it could take until late tonight to restore power to all of their customers.

Officials at the Mount Washington Observatory reported late Friday night a high wind of 130 mph, the highest recording for a May day on the summit in the past 20 years.

Other high wind reports, according to the National Weather Service, were in Sunapee (66 mph) in the Upper Valley and in Newington (62 mph) on the Seacoast.

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