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Microburst may be culprit for Swanzey storm damage

August 08. 2018 11:16PM

SWANZEY — National weather forecasters are investigating whether it was a microburst that knocked out power to more than a 1,000 and downed trees at the middle and senior high school and a cemetery. A microburst is a sudden, powerful, localized air current especially a downdraft that can cut a path through even a dense woodland area.

The storm that hit Tuesday at about 5 p.m. packed winds peaking at more than 70 miles an hour that toppled trees all along the Old Homestead Highway in town.

There were many trees uprooted along Route 32 near Town Hall.

“My daughter and myself were caught in this storm,” Kathy Durham Viel of Keene posted on social media.

“It was raining so hard she pulled into the Monadnock Regional High School lot and let the wind shake her car The rain and hail was coming down to were you could hardly see, scary stuff.”

A pavilion at the high school sustained damage as did the Mount Caesar Cemetery.

Local officials said the town hall did not have access to the internet so residents for a time could not conduct business like getting their car registrations renewed.

The police station in Swanzey was among several buildings struck by lightning Tuesday.

At its height there were more than 1,300 Eversource customers without power after the storm. Some reported on Facebook they their power was restored early Wednesday.

By Wednesday night there were only two Eversource customers in town still in the dark.

There were no injuries reported from the storm.

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