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Parts of Warner still cleaning up after bad weekend windstorm

  • A highway department crew removes debris from Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • A highway department crew removes debris from Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Fallen trees and a damaged mail box are seen along Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Wind storm damage is seen along Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Wind storm damage is seen in the backyard of Andrea Deshaies, a resident of Brown Road, in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Debris is seen in piles on either side of a now-cleared driveway on Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Windstorm damage is seen along Couchtown Road in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Fallen trees and exposed roots are seen in the backyard of Andrea Deshaies, a resident of Brown Road, in Warner on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Utility crews and highway department employees were still at work Tuesday in a section of Warner cleaning up heavy damage from Friday night’s windstorm.

Damage was particularly bad on Couchtown and Brown roads. Andrea Deshaies, a resident of Brown Road, described severe, widespread damage to her roughly 3-acre property.

“I now have a westerly view. I didn’t have one Friday,” she said. “Just about every tree is snapped in half or down.”

Deshaies said she was at home Friday night when the lights flickered and then went out about 9 p.m. She said she heard a dull roar, bangs and felt her entire house shake. The whole thing was over in less than five minutes, she said, but when she went outside after, she found toppled trees across her property – including eight, 100-foot pines that had brought down the power line along the road. A tree also fell across the back of her truck, denting the vehicle and breaking rear lights. Her house luckily escaped any damage.

Justin Arnott, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Maine, said downed trees and power lines were reported across the state, but the Warner area was particularly badly hit.

“From what we have heard at the office, that area west of Concord, is probably where the damage was worst from what we’ve gathered,” he said.

So far, it looks like reports are consistent with downbursts, he said, a strong downdraft from a thunderstorm which causes winds strong enough to bring down trees. Friday night’s storm started with thunderstorms that brought winds as high as 60 mph, he said, and was followed by a cold front with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

A spokesperson with the New Hampshire Department of Safety did not respond to requests for comment.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)