CONCORD, NH – Governor John Lynch and emergency officials urged citizens without power to make shelter plans, and warned everyone to be alert for storm-related hazards.
This weekend's storm knocked out power to about 285,000 utility customers and caused the closure of state and municipal roads, mainly due to heavy, wet snow bringing down trees and limbs onto power lines. Utility and highway crews are working to restore services, but the utilities are reporting that power could be out for several days.
"It is possible power will be without power for several days, so residents who are without power should consider alternative shelter plans," Governor Lynch said, also encouraging residents to check on their neighbors.
Anyone needing emergency assistance should call 9-1-1.
"We also urge people to be patient to be careful with the use of generators and alternative heat sources," said Christopher M. Pope, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We also strongly encourage people to slow down and allow extra room between vehicles if they are traveling.
Pope also made these additional safety recommendations:
The state Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor storm activities in the state.