High winds knock out power to tens of thousands in N.H.
High winds swept through New Hampshire yesterday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and closing Interstate 93 in Concord for nearly three hours.
The National Weather Service warned the state would see gusts of up to 50 mph yesterday and into the early hours this morning. The wind took down power lines, trees and branches across the region.
A downed Comcast cable across I-93 south of Exit 16 in Concord closed the highway a little after 2 p.m.; it reopened shortly before 5 p.m. The University of New Hampshire campus in Durham lost power for a time, as did thousands in the capital area.
As of 5 p.m., more than 30,000 New Hampshire customers were without power. Public Service of New Hampshire reported nearly 19,000 customers without power, the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 7,500 in the dark and Unitil had 3,900 customers without power.