Woman found dead inside home after tree falls during Isaias

  • Concord police officer Paul Rizzi moves a branch off of Green Street in downtown Concord after it fell Tuesday, August 4, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord police officer Paul Rizzi looks up at where a tree branch fell onto the sidewalk and Green Street in downtown Concord on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord police officer Paul Rizzi walks by a tree branch that fell onto the sidewalk and Green Street in downtown Concord Tuesday night, August 4, 2020 as the storm was passing through the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord police officer Paul Rizzi picks up a tree branch that fell onto the sidewalk and Green Street in downtown Concord Tuesday night, August 4, 2020 as the storm was passing through the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 8/5/2020 7:14:29 AM

Strong winds from Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to more than 140,000 people in New Hampshire on Tuesday and blocked scores of roads with downed wires and trees, with many thousands still without power Wednesday. The storm may also have contributed to the death of a woman in North Conway.

A woman was found dead inside a house and another woman was trapped after a tree fell onto the building during Isaias, police said.

Police in North Conway said they received a call at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday from a woman who was trapped in the basement after the tree hit the building. She was rescued.

Responding personnel learned that a 60-year-old woman had been in a second-floor apartment in the house when the tree hit the building. Police said she was found dead. Her identity was not released and an autopsy is being done.

There were 40 road closures statewide Wednesday morning, according to Eileen Meaney, spokeswoman for the N.H. Department of Transportation, most caused by trees or wires down in roads.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Eversource, which provides electricity to about two-thirds of the state, said 21,000 customers were without power, down from a peak of 110,000. New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 12,000 customers without power, about 17% of its total service base. Those two companies are the main power providers in the central and western portions of the state, which were hardest hit.

Complete restoration may take several days, partly because social distancing from COVID-19 is slowing the work.

Unitil, whose customer base is around Concord and points to the southeast – areas that were not hit hard by the storm – was fully restored by noon.

It appears that about 140,000 customers lost power throughout the state during the storm. That is slightly more than the number during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, making it one of the five worst storms for power outage in recent history, although the tally is less than one-third the number affected by the 2008 Christmas ice storm, which saw some people go without electricity for two weeks.

Isaias tracked west of New Hampshire and rainfall in the state was relatively light, with almost no locations reporting more than half an inch. Concord received about one-quarter of an inch of rain.

By contrast, up to 3 inches of rain was reported in parts of Vermont. Tropical cyclones traveling from south to north generally have heaviest rains to the west of the storms and strongest winds to the east.

 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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