Scattered power outages expected across N.H. through weekend

  • An Eversource lineman works on the power lines off of Summer Street in Northfield near exit 19 of I-93 Monday, Ocotber 30, 2107. GEOFF FORESTER

Thursday, November 02, 2017

While the vast majority of homes and businesses have had their power restored, officials are expecting some “scattered, individual outages” to persist through the weekend.

As of Thursday night, more than 95 percent of the 270,000 utility customers who lost power after Sunday’s storm had their lights back on. 

“We know this is little consolation if you are one of the 8,511 members still waiting to be restored, but each hour brings us (and you) closer to full restoration,” New Hampshire Electric Cooperative officials said in a statement at 12:30 p.m.

By nightfall Thursday, the number of businesses and homes in the state without power had fallen to a few thousand — about 1 percent of New Hampshire’s electric customers. The state was expected to be back to near full power by Friday with the exception of an unlucky few.

After the high winds and rain, hundreds of trees had fallen on wires and broken utility poles across the state. Severe flooding closed roads and slowed some of the restoration efforts, officials said. 

The state’s emergency operations center remained open Thursday and people still without power were urged to call 2-1-1 to report their condition, or ask for help.

-- Monitor staff