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Wild weather strikes Granite State

Staff report
July 15. 2014 8:12PM
The umbrellas came out during a series of rainstorms on Tuesday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Wild and wooly weather moved through New Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for parts of Hillsborough County around 4 p.m. Radar indicated possible rotation in a storm over Tyngsborough, Mass. The warning was lifted around 4:30 p.m.

Nashua and surrounding communities largely emerged unscathed from a line of intense thunderstorms that prompted the warning.

The storm made some serious noise as it moved through, soaking much of the region with 1 to 2 inches of rain.

“There was some minor flooding on the Daniel Webster Highway in the area of Silver Drive,” said Deputy Fire Chief Karl Gerhard. “We traditionally see problems in that area during torrential rains.”

However, by 7 p.m., Gerhard said the road was clear for drivers.

Although there were no power outages reported in greater Nashua, Public Service of New Hampshire was working early Tuesday evening to restore power to several hundred homes in Windham, Londonderry and Derry.

In Londonderry, lightning touched off a fire at a home at 19 Hall Road.

The home narrowly avoided serious damage after a pair of propane tanks caught fire.

Londonderry Fire Department officials reported receiving a call from residents at approximately 3:50 p.m.

Upon arrival, fire crews were informed that lightning had struck the tanks, causing them to ignite.

The fire was reportedly under control within less than 10 minutes, though a resulting gas leak took slightly longer to resolve, fire officials said.

The potential for severe weather has prompted Canobie Lake Park to shut down until Thursday.

The park issued a severe weather alert and closed at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The forecast calls for more thunderstorms today so the park will remain closed for the day.

Canobie Lake is scheduled to reopen on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Union Leader correspondents Barbara Taormina, Adam Swift and April Guilmet contributed to this report.

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