Reports: No major damage caused by latest mixed precipitation storm
CONCORD — State police responded to more than 90 crashes and about 12,000 people lost power for a time, but emergency officials said this week’s winter storm caused relatively little damage in New Hampshire.
The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) closely monitored what was expected to be a devastating storm, opening its Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday and remaining open until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
"The outcome was uncertain for much of the storm as a shift of a couple of degrees would likely have left many without power," HSEM Director Perry Plummer said in a prepared statement. “Fortunately, the temperatures were warm enough with enough wind to prevent the accumulation of heavy and wet snow that we saw during Thanksgiving."At the height of the storm, which brought a wintry mix of rain, sleet and heavy, wet snow to the north, 12,000 customers were without power.
As of mid-morning Wednesday, about 2,000 were waiting for the power to be restored. Most of those outages were caused by a motor vehicle crashing into a utility pole in Tuftonboro, Plummer said.
State police said there were more than 90 crashes and 65 vehicles off the road during the storm.
In Manchester, police responded to more than three dozen accidents in a 90-minute period.