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High winds leave thousands in NH without power; snow forecast

Staff Report
April 05. 2018 10:23PM
Dave Kane of Manchester is dressed for the cold wind, on the first fairway, during the opening day for the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

Gusts on Mount Washington topped out at 120 mph Thursday during a day of windy conditions across the state.

Earlier in the day, thousands were without power — mostly in southern New Hampshire — after high winds kicked up by a cold front downed trees, branches and power lines overnight.

Wind speeds neared 50 mph in many communities, with Sunapee reporting 67 mph and Manchester 41 mph.

The number of people without electricity peaked at 60,000.

By 5 p.m., that number was down to a few thousand, with the top three being Francestown with 953 Eversource customers out, Hollis with 288 and Sandwich with 197.

Late in the day, most of the outages were concentrated in southwestern New Hampshire.

On Thursday morning, almost 1,400 customers were without electricity in Nashua, according to an Eversource outage map. Windham also was hard-hit, with 2,299 without power.

Forecasters are predicting snow and rain for today, with about an inch of the white stuff expected to accumulate in the Manchester area.

Energy Weather New Hampshire

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