Power Restoration Continues in New Hampshire, Maine as Storm Winds Down
Significant power outages remain in the Seacoast region, with restoration not expected for many until Tuesday.
The heavy rain began to wind down Monday night after dropping several inches during the day. Over three inches of rain fell in inland areas of Rockingham and Strafford Counties, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
Winds will be out of the south 10-15 mph, with gusts to 20 mph Monday night. Winds during the day gusted as high as 71 mph in Kittery and 56 mph in Rochester.
The good news for utility workers making repairs is that temperatures will stay above freezing.
The wind separated the roof from an apartment building on C Street in Hampton, according to Hampton Fire/Rescue. Fire Chief Michael McMahon told WMUR that seven people were displaced.
Over 52,000 customers were without power as of 9 p.m. in New Hampshire and York County in Maine, according to the respective utility outage maps
- Eversource: Over 5,300 customers were without power statewide with Barrington, Epping, and Wakefield, with the most in the Seacoast region.
- Until: Approximately 1,691 customers are without power mostly in Danville, Exeter, Kingston, Plaistow, and Seabrook.
- NHEC: Approximately 1,622 outages statewide with the most in the Seacoast region in Deerfield.
- Liberty has a handful of outages.
- Central Maine Power has 43,695 customers without power in York County, especially in Acton, Buxton, Biddeford, Hollis, Lebanon, Limerick, Kittery Saco, Sanford, South Berwick, Wells, and York.
“The majority of what is left in the Seacoast area are scattered outages of 50 or less customers apiece,” Unitil External Affairs Manager Alec O’Meara said in a statement. “As the larger possible pickups are completed, the restoration process slows, as fewer and fewer customers are brought on with each successive repair. However, conditions have improved since earlier today and crews will continue to work until all customers have been restored.”
Central Maine Power said the high winds kept its crews on the ground and out of bucket trucks. The utility warned of a "multi day restoration effort" involving hundreds of line and tree crews.
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